FREE PRESS Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023 INDORE BHOPAL UJJAIN MUMBAI RNI No. 38281/83 PUNE - VOL. XXXVII NO. 258 | INDORE | FRIDAY | FEBRUARY 26, 2021 | PAGES 16 BJP MP’S SON AND INDEPENDENT MLA EXTENDS SUPPORT TO CONG Pg-7 Indore Smart City project ARSH RAFIK VISAAL Indore Dear Readers, If you know women of substance who have broken the traditional glass ceiling to make a mark in the male dominated society and are under 40, here’s your chance to nominate them for coverage in special woman’s day edition of Free Press. Send in their contact number, mail Ids to firstname.lastname@example.org Women can nominate themselves too. Don’t let this chance go by. Last date is March 5, 2021 News Brief IIT-I secures another patent INDORE: Indian Institute of Technology Indore has secured another patent,this time for an invention by two of its faculty members. The patent has been granted for invention titled "An Ultra Low Power, Read Decoupled-Differential Write, 10T SRAM Cell with Higher Read/Write Noise Margin" for a period of 20 years. The inventors are Vishal Sharma and Santosh Kumar Vishvakarma.This is second patent secured by the elite institute which came into being in 2009. The Indore Smart City Development Limited (ISCDL) has become the first city to get its projects registered for Carbon Credit in following Asia VCS (Verified CarStandard, bon USA) norms. It is also the first government-run body in the state, which is following Kyoto protocol. Officials said that ISCDL had successfully registered its projects on municipal solid waste to compost, bio methanation and solar energy generation projects under the VCS mechanism within seven months of the initiation of work. "It has also completed the monitoring and verification process of a one-year period and generated 1.70 lakh carbon credits valued at Rs 50 lakh approxi- he Ahmedabad Test 140.2 overs, the Tin justever Test matchwas over involving shortest India and pleasantly, the result was in favour of Team India. For the record, this is only the 2nd match in India which ended in 2 days. he first was India's victory over Afghans in 2018. The stars for the hosts were Axar, who bagged 11 for 70 and Ashwin, who became the second fastest to get 400 wickets in Test matches. Axar became the first Indian spinner to take a five-for in Day-Night Test and sixth overall. This stands as the second-best bowling figure by a spinner in Day-Night Tests after Devendra Bishoo's 8 for 49 against Pak in Dubai in 2016. Now, India need to avoid a defeat in the fourth and final Test at the same venue, starting from March 4 as that would help India make the WTC final against NZ at Lord's. England's score was their lowest against India, 81in 30.4 overs leaving the hosts with a target of only 49 which they achieved with minimum effort. L eft-arm spinner Axar Patel's dismissals of Bairstow in both innings was very Jadeja-like. Playing just his 2nd Test, Patel beat Bairstow on the inside edge for an LBW decision in the first innings as the batsman played for the turn. The Gujarat left-arm spinner picked his second successive five-wicket haul -5/32 on Wednesday after 6/38 in the first, for match figures of 11/70. FIRST IN ASIA TO REGISTER FOR CARBON CREDIT SMART CITY CEO SAYS… "We are on our way to register more such projects for carbon credit. We are constantly working on green ventures. We are also doing evaluation of projects for the year 2020 and will apply for carbon credits." Sheetla Patle Chief executive officer Indore Smart City Development Limited INDORE has Rs of fficials said that Smart far by the Smart City. Obeen collected socarbon credit onearoundThe 50 lakhCity's of Choithram Mandi two bio-methanisation plants i.e. How the carbon credits were achieved? (capacity 20 tonnes) and Kabit Khedi Plant (capacity 15 tonnes) are the two plants which helped in obtaining the credits. As per the records of the year 2019, the Smart City has stopped emission of 1,70,000 tonnes of CO2 and generated these credits. Because the green waste collected in both the plants is of good quality the plants are generating about 1,200kg to 1,400 kg of methane gas per day. Nath welcomes HM member in Cong; Bapu hum sharminda hai, tweets Yadav OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL A Hindu Mahasabha member joining the Congress in presence of former Kamal minister chief Nath has fuelled controversy within the party. Party leaders are divided over the development. Soon after Babulal Chaurasia, an ex-corporator joined the party presence of party MLA from Gwalior South seat Praveen Pathak at state Congress HQ in Bhopal. Chaurasia is the same person who had pledged to forward the last court statement of Mahatma Gandhi's INPUTS: ROBIN ROY Axar bags 1st 10-wkt haul n a wicket that helped spinners right from the start, it looked that it would only be a matter of time before R. Ashwin would reach his tally of 400 wickets in England's 2nd innings on the 2nd day. By the 24th over of England's innings, he had claimed his third wicket to get to the milestone despite struggling for his line early on as Axar Patel ran through England's top-order. minister Home standards.NarottamitMishrainclaimed that Congress had “When comes to power and benefit, the dual party welcomes Godse’s devotees its fold.” All India Hindu Cong’s double standard: Mishra Mahasabha’s national vice-president Jaiveer Bhardwaj said that Congress was short of committed workers and was ready to welcome anyone in its fold. “Chaurasia’s joining shows that Congress that swears by Gandhi and his ideology has now put faith in those who espouse ideology of Godse. S Congress backs Kamal Nath tate Congress media vice-president Bhupendra Gupta backed Nath’s decision and welcomed ex-member Chourasia. He tweeted, “Bapu ne Kaha Tha Paap Se Ghrina Karo Paapi se nahi. (Mahatma Gandhi said hate sin not the sinner).” assassin Nathuram Godse to one lakh people. Soon after the event, former PCC chief and Congress Working Committee member Arun Yadav tweeted: “Bapu Hum Sharminda Hai.” Yadav opposed the joining and expressed his annoyance on social media. CONTD. ON P8 mately", said officials. "The projects registered are eligible for a total period of 30 years", officials added. Usage of generated gas? This gas is used in the city buses (City Bus and iBus) because of which emission of CO2 is controlled by which we are helping the nation in keeping the limit in carbon emission. This is helping India in carbon. trading globally Vehicle with explosives found near Mukesh’s house MUMBAI: A vehicle with gelatin sticks, an explosive material, and an apparently fake number plate was found parked near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s house in south Mumbai on Thursday evening, police said. The registration number on the vehicle’s number plate was the same as that of an SUV in Ambani’s security detail, a police official said. A letter was also found inside, he said, without revealing its contents. The vehicle, a Scorpio van, was found on Carmichael Road near `Antilia’, the multistorey residence of Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries and India’s richest industrialist. Bus fares to rise from Mar 1, Rajput tells House OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Commoners, battling rising petrol and diesel prices, have been hit by another bolt from the blue. The state government on Thursday gave in to long pending demand of private bus operators and announced hike in bus fare from March 1. minister Transport Govind Rajput announced the decision in Vidhan Sabha after a meeting with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He asked bus operators to focus on fitness and proper maintenance of buses. BCLL (Bhopal City Link Limited) low floor bus operators’ Aziz Khan said, “We demanded fare hike. It was a long pending demand. In pandemic time, 2-day strike called off Indore: Following the minister's assurance on hiked bus fares from March 1, the bus operators have called off the strike. Earlier, they had planned a two-day strike from February 26. we faced huge loss. Now after hike in diesel price, it is not possible to operate buses.” All India Bus Opera- 33.70c. 17.00c Sunrise : 06.51 Sunset : 06.28 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY When people are ready, Truth is revealed piece by piece. ‘I DON’T MEET PEOPLE AS SHATRUGHAN SINHA’S SON’ Pg-16 MODI READY TO PARTNER PRIVATE SECTOR FOR GROWTH Pg- 6 Ashwin enters 400-wkt club WEATHER www.freepressjournal.in EDIT 'AXAR' AISA NAHIN HOTA HAI... O `3 Quality at Value tors Association general secretary Pravin Dholpure said, “Bus operators faced huge losses during pan- demic. However, the government is recovering full road tax from us. Transport sector is a revenue generator so the government should redress bus operators’s problems. It is unfortunate that government is concerned only about revenue and is doing nothing to redress problems of bus operators. Despite receiving full tax, road condition remains pathetic.” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar India, Pak agree to follow all ceasefire pacts Decision taken at DGMOs meeting of two nations NEW DELHI India and Pakistan have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and other sectors, according to a joint statement on Thursday. The decision on ceasesince effective fire, Wednesday midnight, was taken at a meeting between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan. Pakistan and India signed a ceasefire agreement in 2003, but it has hardly been followed in letter and spirit over past several years with more violations than observance of the pact. The DGMOs held discussions over the established mechanism of hotline contact and reviewed the situation along the Line of Control and all other sectors in a "free, frank and cordial atmosphere". of "In the interest achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGMOs agreed to address each other's core 96 test positive in city Rate of positivity @6.63 pc OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore No territory conceded under disengagement pact with China: MEA ndia on Thursday territory Inot conceded anysaid it has as part of disengagement agreement with China and asserted that it has rather enforced observance of the LAC to prevent any unilateral change in the status quo. At an online media briefing here, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said there has not been any change in India's position on the LAC and the mutual redeploy-ment as a result of the disengagement process should not be misrepresented. concerns and issues which have propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence. "Both sides agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight of February 24/25," the joint statement said. They also reiterated that existing mechanisms of hotline contact and border flag meetings will be utilised to resolve any unforeseen situation or it misunderstanding, added. Would take pre-emptive strike if attacked by non-state actor in third state: India AGENCIES United Nation India told a UN meeting that a country would be compelled to undertake a "pre-emptive strike" when confronted by an "imminent armed attack" from a non-state actor operating in a third state, as it highproxy several lighted cross-border terror attacks, including one in Pulwama, perpetrated against it from its neighbourhood, a clear reference to Pakistan. India's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador K Nagaraj Naidu said at an Arria Formula meeting organised by Mexico that non-state actors such as terrorist groups often attack states from remote locations within other host states, using the sovereignty of that host state as a "smokescreen". On this, a growing number of states believe that the use of force in self-defence against a non-state actor operating in the territory of another host state can be undertaken if the "non-state actor has reundertaken peatedly armed attacks against the State; the host state is unwilling to address the threat posed by the nonstate actor; the host state is actively supporting and sponsoring the attack by the non-state actor," he said. New rules to bind social media and OTT platform OUR BUREAU NEW DELHI As many as 96 patients tested positive out of 1449 sample reports received on . Thursday The number of positive cases dropped below 100 after seven days. Rate of positive patients was recorded at 6.63 percent. Total number of positive patients reached 59330. No death was reported in 24 hours. According to the bulletin, reports of total samples received till Thursday was 828423. As many as 1340 samples were tested negative on . Thursday Department took 1,384 more samples for testing including 1263 RTPCR samples and 121 Rapid Antigen Tests. As many as 807 patients are under treatment in . various hospitals of the city Total 57590 patients have been discharged so far. MP on Thursday reported 368 new cases, taking the infections to tally of 2,60,681, while two more deaths pushed the toll to 3,859. PG-2 The Government on Thursday laid down rules to regulate the content of social media and OTT (Over-the-top) platforms like Amazon Prime and Netflix. It has hailed the framework as "a soft-touch selfregulatory architecture and a code of ethics and threetier grievance redressal mechanism for news publishers, OTT platforms and digital media." It was further described as "progressive, liberal and contemporaneous." Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram and Wechat are, as of now, not responsible for the contents circulated on their platforms, but the new rules notified by the Ministry of Electronics & IT require them to not only trace the persons who have mounted the content but also take action against the violator of the rules within 24 hours. By seeking out the first originator of the messages, the government hopes to tackle fake news. A ministry press note said: "Social me- LONDON: The spider, it seems, may get ensnared in its own web. The luck of billionaire fugitive Nirav Modi, who fled to the UK after allegedly taking part in India’s biggest-ever fraud on Punjab National Bank, seems to have run its course with the legal pathway cleared for his extradition. A UK court ruled on Thursday that Modi indeed does have a case to answer before the Indian courts, quelling the speculation that he may 'never stand trial' because he is ‘depressed’ and has manifest ‘suicidal tendencies’. The judgment will now land on the desk of Home Secretary Priti Patel who has the authority to order a requested person's extradition after considering certain extraneous issues. For instance, under the provisions of the Extradition Act, she must consider the possible imposition of death penalty by Indian courts, in which case extradition cannot be ordered. If this and certain other factors do not come into play the minister , must order extradition within two months of the day on TOOLKIT CASE Shantanu gets relief from court granted protection from Acourt here on9Thursday arrest till March to Shantanu Muluk, who is accused along with Disha Ravi in connection with allegedly being involved in sharing a "toolkit" on social media related to the farmers' protest. Muluk along with Ravi and another co accused Nikita Jacob, was booked for alleged sedition and other charges. Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana granted the relief after Delhi police said it needed time to conduct further interrogation before filing a detailed reply to Muluk's anticipatory bail plea. The judge directed the police not to take any coercive action against Muluk till Mar 9 dia platforms are welcome to do business in India, but they need to follow the Constitution and the laws. The platforms can certainly be used for asking questions and criticise. They have empowered ordinary users, but they also need accountability against misuse and abuse." CONTD. ON P8 Nirav Modi can appeal against extradition ruling; even take the political asylum plea after exhausting legal option SPIDER CAUGHT IN ITS OWN WEB PNB SCAM CASE ED attaches Choksi's Rs 14.50 cr assets D issued provisional Eorders attaching assets worth nearly Rs 14.50 cr belonging to the Gitanjali Group and its absconding Director Mehul Choksi. The assets comprise immovable properties including a 1,460 owers, square feet flat in O2 T Goregaon, a Mercedes car besides movable assets. which the District Judge referred his decision to the Secretary of State, in this case by the end of April. The Home Secretary's order rarely goes against the court's conclusions.