FREE PRESS INDORE BHOPAL UJJAIN `3 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023 MUMBAI PUNE - VOL. 10 NO. 237 | BHOPAL | WEDNESDAY | FEBRUARY 10, 2021 | PAGES 12 PROUD TO BE A HINDUSTANI MUSLIM: AZAD Pg-7 EDIT PM UPS THE ANTE, NO GOING BACK ON FARM REFORMS Pg- 6 Quality at Value WEATHER 30.20c. 11.20c Sunrise : 07.02 Sunset : 06.19 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 ADAH SHARMA’S NEW FILM PUTS SPOTLIGT ON MENTAL HEALTH Pg-12 SIDHU HELD, SENT TO POLICE CUSTODY REPUBLIC DAY VIOLENCE AT RED FORT IN NEW DELHI NEW DELHI A Delhi court on Tuesday remanded Punjabi actoractivist Deep Sidhu, accused in the Republic Day violence case, in seven days' police custody. Sidhu was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Prigya Gupta at Tis Hazari court. Police had sought 10 days' custody of the accused, which was Sidhu's by opposed lawyers. The police sought his remand on the grounds that Woman friend in California uploaded videos on his social media account ctor-turned-activist Deep alleged arrested Awho wasin Januaryfor his Sidhu, 26 violence, involvement was in contact with a woman friend and actor who lives in California, the US and used to send her videos which were uploaded by her on his Facebook account. "By doing so, he was trying to divert the attention of agencies,” said sources. U’khand disaster: Toll rises to 31 locations in Mumbai, Punjab and Haryana need to be visited, in-depth scruti- ny of his mobile phone has to be conducted and other conspirators have to be arrested. The court was apprised that Sidhu is the main in- RACE AGAINST time to rescue those trapped in tunnel Community groups concerned over thrust on large dams in Himalayas DEHRADUN/JOSHIMATH News Brief 10-year jail in UK for Covid travel lies LONDON: Travellers who lie about whether they have been to mutant coronavirus hotspots face up to ten years in prison, under a new draconian regime unveiled by UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock. In other words, it will be a criminal offence to hide from the authorities that you have visited one of the countries on the UK's 'red list'. BJP, JDU set caste equations right PATNA: Both the BJP and the JDU have set the caste equations right in Bihar, as Nitish Kumar expanded his cabinet on Tuesday after he became the Chief Minister again in November last year. Seventeen legislators were sworn in as Ministers by Governor Fagu Chauhan. The 17 ministers include 10 from , the BJP six from the JDU and one Independent candidate who has given support to the JDU. ‘Punjab will be BJP's nemesis’ CHANDIGARH: As a cornered Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has failed to muster candidates to contest on even 50% of the civic body seats in the state, tried to shift blame for the farmers' wrath on the Congress, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said Punjab would prove to be the party's nemesis. Haryana DIG suspended CHANDIGARH: The Haryana government suspended a DIG on Tuesday, two days after the registration of an FIR against him following a spat with state Home Minister Anil Vij’s brother. A Haryana Home Department’s order said during the period of his suspension, DIG (Vigilance) Ashok Kumar will stay attached to the office of Regional Training Centre. stigator in the case. "Videos show that he entered the Red Fort with carrying supporters 'lathis' and flags. He was at the ramparts where the religious flag was unfurled. He provoked the violence at Red Fort." Counsels representing Sidhu opposed the remand applications filed by police and said that their client was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Sidhu was arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell on Tuesday morning. The death toll from the Uttarakhand glacier disaster rose to 31 with five more bodies being recovered, officials said on Tuesday as multiple agencies raced against time to reach about 30 workers trapped inside a tunnel in a power project site and 175 people remained missing. Two of the bodies were recovered from the debris in Raini village, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials said, two days after a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier possibly burst its banks and triggered an avalanche Twitter reaches out to IT minister for formal dialogue NEW DELHI Twitter has reached out to Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for a formal dialogue to resolve the deadlock over the removal of bad accounts amid the ongoing farmer protests. The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has sent three notices to Twitter, the latest one asking the company to block 1,178 accounts believed to be linked to Khalistan sympathisers and those backed by Pakistan. "Safety of our employees is a top priority for us at Twitter. We continue to be engaged with the Government of India from a position of respect and have reached out to the Honourable Minister, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology for a formal dialogue," a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. The company said that an acknowledgement to the receipt of the non-compliance notice has also been formally communicated. "We review every report we receive from the government as expeditiously as possible and take appropriate action regarding such reports while making sure we hold firm to our fundamental values and commitment to protecting the public conversation," the Twitter spokesperson said. Search and rescue operation underway at Tapovan tunnel in Chamoli on Tuesday LANDSLIDE TRIGGERED SNOW AVALANCHE: AMIT SHAH Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said a landslide triggered the snow avalanche leading to the tragic incident in the state. The Minister said the landslide triggered snow avalanche covering approximately 14 square km area and caused a flash flood in the Rishiganga river downstream in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district. He further said that the incident was observed from the satellite data (Planet Lab) of February 7, 2021 (Sunday) in catchment of Rishi Ganga river at the terminus of the glacier at an altitude of 5,600 metres. DRI busts drug network, 3 held 78,000 tablets of alprazolam and 528 bottles of codeine phosphate cough syrup have been seized OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore Indore Zonal Unit (IZU) of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) succeeded in busting a drug network and arrested three persons. In all, 78,000 (8.58 kgs) tablets of alprazolam and 528 bottles (68.64 kgs) of codeine phosphate cough syrup have been seized. "In a week-long operation conducted by DRI in Indore, Shivpuri and Gwalior of Madhya Pradesh and Jhansi of Uttar Pradesh, DRI successfully busted an entire network involved in illegal diversion and supply of neuro-psychotropic drugs i.e. alprazolam tablets and codeine phosphate syrups, which were being diverted for illicit sale for drug abuse," DRI official statement said. The operation started after receiving specific intelligence input about the delivery of these pre- scription drugs in commercial quantity in the city from Shivpuri and Jhansi. The first consignment was recovered on February 5 in the . city Thereafter, a Pichhore (Shivpuri) based supplier was also apprehended with contraband. He revealed the details of a pharmacist based in Jhansi, who was their main source of supplying these prescription drugs to the grey market. A trap was laid, and he was also nabbed by DRI with the drug. As per NDPS provisions, alprazolam commercial quantity is 100 grams and codeine phosphate commercial quantity is 1000 grams. "The offence of illegal diversion and supply of neuropsychotropic drugs under NDPS Act is punishable under sections 8(c), 21(c), 27(a) and 29 of the NDPS Act, with minimum 10 years of imprisonment with fine," the official statement said. Further investigation is in progress. Community organisations, which are facing humaninduced climate change impacts in Himachal Pradesh, claimed on Tuesday that the government of India's policy of promoting mega hydropower projects in the Himalayas is at manifold risk of earthquake-triggered landslides."We express collective rage at inaction by government’s repeated thrust on large dams in the Himalayas," they said. the in floods and Alaknanda river system. The State Emergency Operation Centre said five bodies were found in the morning, taking the death toll to 31, and estimated that 175 people are still missing. First time in state: Father is chief secy, son collector OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL It has happened for the first time in the state that father is the chief secretary and son is a collector. A 2013-batch IAS officer, Amanveer Bains, was posted as collector of Betul on . Tuesday Along with Amanveer, Mayank Agarwal was posted as collector of Neemuch. BAINS’S SON AMANVEER IS COLLECTOR OF BETUL Amanveer (left) and Iqbal Singh Bains After a video conferencing with commissioners and collectors on Monday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh removed collector of Betul Rakesh Singh and that of Neemuch Jitendra Raje. Posting of 2013-batch IAS officers began with the collector of Katni, Priyank Mishra. Mishra was posted after Chouhan’s first video conference with collectors and commissioners. CONTD. ON P8 DAVV to teach Vikram Univ how to make money ATUL GAUTAM Indore Mentoring a new educational institution by an older established institution is a popular practice in the . country But, in a first, an old institution will be hand-holding an already established institution. Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), the leading and wealthiest traditional university of Madhya Pradesh, is going to financiallyout bail SELF-FINANCE COURSES ARE BACKBONE OF DAVV In the 80s the financial condition of DAVV was also not very sound when the then vice-chancellor Prof MS Sodha launched self-finance courses which changed the fortunes of DAVV. Today, IMS, IIPS, IET, School of Economics, School of Commerce, School of Law are among some departments which have filled DAVV’s exchequer and made it the wealthiest traditional university of the state. crunched Vikram Universi, ty which is located in ancient town of Ujjain. , The Indore university whose annual budget is around Rs 300 crore and has about Rs 400 crore in its coffers, will guide Ujjain university in making mon. ey The Indore university has suggested Ujjain university to start self-finance courses which will help in filling the latter’s excheq, uer. Vikram University which was established in 1957, has been facing finan- cial crunch for the past two decades which only grew with every passing year. About a decade ago, the university even thought of selling a piece of its land for meeting its expenses. However, that idea was dropped following a stiff protest by university teachers. When Ujjain resident Mohan Yadav became higher education minister he suggested Vikram University take help from DAVV for improving its financial condition. CONTD. ON P8 He was held from near Karnal. He is accused of fuelling chaos and clashes when a tractor rally by farmers protesting against the Centre's three farm laws descended into violence on Republic Day. During the clashes, a section of protesters had entered the Red Fort and hoisted a Sikh religious flag. He absconded after the incident. Last week, police had announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for information on Sidhu. WHO CLEAN CHIT TO DRAGON WHO says virus unlikely to have leaked from China lab WUHAN A World Health Organisation expert said on Tuesday the coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab and most probably jumped to humans via an intermediary species. ‘‘It was very unlikely that anything could escape from the ,” laboratory a WHO official said, citing safety protocols. WHO food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek gave the assessment while summing up the team's investigation into the possible origins of the coronavirus in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the first cases were discovered in December 2019. “All the work that has been done on the virus and trying to identify its origin continue to point toward a natural reservoir,” said Dr Embarek while speaking at a news conference in Wuhan. There have been unproven allegations that the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which was collecting virus samples, may have caused the original outbreak by leaking the virus into the surrounding com. munity China has strongly denied that possibility and countered by suggesting that the virus may have originated elsewhere. The WHO team, which included experts from 10 nations, visited hospitals, research institutes and a traditional animal market in Wuhan; the latter is also blamed for the outbreak. Discoms ask regulatory panel to recover `36,812 cr from power consumers EVERY CONSUMER must shell out Rs 25k to make Discoms Aatmanirbhar OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL If electricity consumers of Madhya Pradesh want the power distribution compaA nies to become ‘ atma Nirbhar’ then they would have to shell out Rs 25,000 each. The power distribution companies (Discom) have filed a True Up petition with the MP State Electricity Regulatory Commission demanding recovery of Rs 4752.48 crores from consumers for the year 2019-20. More worrying is the fact that True Up petition of past five years of power discoms are pending as well with the regulatory commission. Total sum of all these years amounts to Rs 36,812 crores. In Madhya Pradesh there are around 1.5 crore electricity consumers including commercial and agricultural connections. Going by the total loss of Rs 36,812 crore to power companies, each consumer needs to pay Rs 25,000 to bring the companies out of loss. Final decision lies with the regulatory commission on how much amount does it allow to be recovered from the consumer. The electricity tariff is decided on an estimated expenditure submitted by power companies at the beginning of the year. These PM tears up in Rajya Sabha as he bids farewell to Azad NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi today teared up in the Rajya Sabha as he bid farewell to the outgoing Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad. Azad, who will be retiring from the upper house on Feb 15, said Modi's emotional remarks left him Recounting speechless. several personal interactions with Azad, Modi said the senior Congress leader was a "true friend" despite . being an adversary "When there was a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir, in which eight people of Gujarat were killed, Ghulam Nabi Azad was the first to call me. That phone call was not just for giving the news," Modi recalled, as he broke down for a couple of minutes, took a sip of water, and apologised before continuing with his remarks. "That night he called me again and expressed con- PM Narendra Modi gets emotional during farewell speech for Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Rajya Sabha, during ongoing Budget Session of Parliament in New Delhi on Tuesday cern (about the people of Gujarat) as he would for his family members," an emotional Modi said. "That is , why as a friend, I respect Ghulam Nabi Azad on the basis of my experiences with him," Modi said, amid cheers from other members of the Rajya Sabha. Azad, who was the then chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, also recalled the attack and broke down. CONTD. ON P8 LOSSES IN 2019-20 EASTERN REGION JABALPUR Rs 2458.33 cr CENTRAL REGION BHOPAL Rs 1990.16 cr WESTERN REGION INDORE Rs 303.99 cr TOTAL LOSS Rs 4752.48cr Loss statement of last 5 years of power companies (combined) YEAR 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 LOSS `5156.88cr `7156.94cr `7247.55cr `5327.54cr `7170.98cr companies present the actual expenditure at the end of financial year before regulatory commission. The difference between the estimated and actual expenditure is presented before the commission and companies then take permission to realize the difference from consumers. This is done through a hike in electricity tariff. Expert in electricity issues, Rajendra Agarwal has written a letter to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan asking him to conduct enquiry as to what is the reason behind loss to power companies despite highest tariff rates in Madhya Pradesh. Actor-director Rajiv Kapoor dies at 58 MUMBAI Rajiv Actor-director Kapoor, son of celebrated filmmakerRaj actor Kapoor, passed away . on Tuesday He was 58. Neetu Kapoor, wife of late actor Rishi Kapoor, was the first to confirm the news on Instagram. She wrote "RIP" alongside a picture of her brother-inlaw. The cause of death was . not known immediately Rajiv Kapoor made his acting debut with 1983 film Ek Jaan Hain Hum, but made first appearance as a leading man in blockbuster Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), which was Raj Kapoor's last directorial venture. He went on to feature in films like Aasmaan, Lover Boy, Zabardast and Hum To Chale Pardes. Rajiv Kapoor's last film as 1990's was hero a Zimmedaar. He then made a switch to production and direction.