FREE PRESS Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023 INDORE BHOPAL UJJAIN MUMBAI - PUNE VOL. 10 NO. 252 | BHOPAL | FRIDAY | FEBRUARY 26, 2021 | PAGES 14 BJP MP’S SON AND INDEPENDENT MLA EXTENDS SUPPORT TO CONG Pg-7 EDIT I ndia, riding on spinners Axar Patel and R. Ashwin, took a 2-1 lead in the fourTest series to take a step closer to the World Test Championship (WTC) final after beating England by 10 wickets in the third session on the second day of the fiveday third Test that saw 30 wickets fall in just under the first five sessions. This is only the second time that a Test match in India has finished inside two days. The first one happened against Afghanistan in 2018, which was also the first-ever Test for the Afghans. In Test , cricket history this was only the 22nd Test that finished inside two days. India now need to ensure that they don't lose the fourth and final Test to guarantee a spot in the WTC WTC, scheduled to be played at Lord's, London, in June. New Zealand have already the final. Patel's eft-arm very Ravindra Jadeja-like. in both innings LBairstowspinner AxarTest, wasdismissals of Jonny the Patel beat Bairstow on Playing just his second 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 Test wickets in England's second innings on the second day of the third Test here. By the 24th over of England's second 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. NEW RULES TO BIND SOCIAL MEDIA AND OTT PLATFORM inside edge for a leg-before 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. OUR BUREAU NEW DELHI 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. UP passes bill on religious conversion LUCKNOW: The UP legislature on Thursday passed a bill aimed at curbing religious conversions by fraudulent or any other undue means, including through marriage. The UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Bill, 2021, was passed in the Legislative Council by voice vote a day after it got the nod in the state Assembly. Cong MLA says ex BJP MLA threatening her BHOPAL: Congress MLA Kalavati Bhuria on Thursday alleged that a former BJP legislator from Alirajpur and another local leader have threatened to kill her. The tribal MLA from Jobat seat in Jhabua seat raised the issue in the state Assembly and demanded action against them and security for herself. 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 TOOLKIT CASE: Court grants protection from arrest to Shantanu till March 9 A court here on Thursday granted protection from arrest till March 9 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 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 media 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." USERS' LAMENT: The users of social media, which are the internet-based applications, are upset since their identity is today protected by the companies. But now the government wants to gag the social media, which allows the people to post texts or comments, digital photos or videos and data without any government control. The new rules, they fear, will hit the social media that empowers the common Indians with the power of technology . WhatsApp has the largest Nath welcomes HM member in Cong OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL A Hindu Mahasabha member joining the Congress in presence of former minister Kamal chief Nath has fuelled controversy within the party. Party leaders are divided over the development. Babulal after Soon Chaurasia, an ex-corporator joined the party presence of party MLA from seat South Gwalior 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 assassin Nathu- H Cong’s double standard: Mishra ome minister Narottam Mishra claimed that Congress had dual standards. “When it comes to power and benefit, the party welcomes Godse’s devotees in its fold.” All India Hindu 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).” ram Godse to one lakh people. Soon after the event, former PCC chief and Congress Working Committee Yadav Arun member tweeted: “Bapu Hum Sharminda Hai.” Yadav opposed the joining and expressed his annoyance on social media. CONTD. ON P8 footprint of 53 crore users in India, followed by YouTube (44.8 crore), Facebook (41 crore), Instagram (21 crore) and Twitter (1.75 crore). OTT RATINGS: Since the OTT services do not come under the purview of the Censor Board, the new rules require the films to be vetted and given a rating of "U" and "A" before being streamed. The government's claim is that streaming of uncensored films on OTT can cause communal, social and caste violence. CONTD. ON P8 Vehicle with explosive substance found near Mukesh's house MUMBAI: A suspicious vehicle with gelatin, an explosive material, inside was found parked nearindustrialist Mukesh Ambani's house in Mumbai on Thursday evening, police said. The vehicle was found on Carmichael Road near`Antilia', Ambani's residence, a police official said. A BDDS team reached the , spot immediately he said. It was not an assembled explosive device, he said, adding that further investigation was on. Home minister Anil Deshmukh said that a Scorpio was found some distance away from his residence. 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, we faced huge loss. Now after hike in diesel price, it is not possible to operate buses.” All India Bus Operators Association general secretary Pravin Dholpure said, “Bus operators faced huge losses during pandemic. However, the government is recovering full road tax from us. Transport sector is a revenue generator so the government should re- dress 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.” Meanwhile, bus operators body has decided to call off their Febryary 26 strike. WEATHER 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-14 MODI READY TO PARTNER PRIVATE SECTOR FOR GROWTH Pg- 6 Ashwin enters 400-wkt club Quality at Value www.freepressjournal.in INDIA BEAT POMS HANDS DOWN, INCH TOWARDS WTC FINAL O `3 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 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 India to clock 13.7% growth in FY'22: Moody's 'Contract 7% this fiscal' NEW DELHI The Indian economy is expected to clock a growth of 13.7 per cent in FY'22, registering a strong rebound from a 7 per cent contraction this fiscal, on the back of normalisation of activity and growing confidence in the market with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine, Moody's Investors Service . said on Thursday Moody's had in November last year projected Indian economy to contract 10.6 per cent in the current fiscal and return to growth of 10.8 per cent in 2021-22 fiscal. "Our expectations in current fiscal year ending March 2021 is for a contraction of 7 per cent significant improvement from our ... (earlier) forecast of contraction of over 10 per cent. We try to incorporate some of the unexpected pickup in activity that we have . seen recently "For the year following that we expect a rebound of 13.7 per cent that reflects largely normalisation of activity, a pronounced base effect. 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 perpetrated Pulwama, 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. Nirav Modi can appeal against extradition ruling; even take the political asylum plea after exhausting legal option SPIDER CAUGHT IN ITS OWN WEB LONDON The spider, seems, it 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 the State-run 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 E ‘depressed’ and has manifest ‘suicidal tendencies’. The judgment will now land on the desk of British 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 which the District Judge referred his decision to the Secretary of State, in this case by the end of April. ED attaches Choksi's Rs 14.50 cr assets D issued provisional orders 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 square feet flat in O2 Towers, Goregaon, a Mercedes Benz car in the company name besides movable assets like gold and platinum jewellery, diamond and pearl-silver necklaces and high-end watches. From Kisan Credit Cards to crop insurance, govt wants paradigm shift in agri sector: PM COIMBATORE Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the government wants to bring a paradigm shift in the agri sector with initiatives such as Kisan Credit Cards and crop insurance scheme. Addressing a public meeting in Coimbatore, the Prime Minister said his government has raised the minimum support price (MSP) which was long overdue. "It has been our honour to work for small farmers of India. In the past 7 years, our efforts for small farmers are aimed at giving . them a life of prosperity and dignity From Kisan Credit Cards to Soil Health Cards, from e-NAM to an effective crop insurance scheme, we want to bring a paradigm shift in the agri sector. We do not want our small farmer to feel dependent on anyone or feel suffocated due to middlemen," he said. "The PM Kisan scheme just completed 2 . years yesterday Eleven crore farmers have gained from this scheme. For many years, farmers demanded raise in the MSP but it was our government that had the opportunity to bring a holistic MSP raise," he added. The Prime Minister said that the Central government has modernised the textile infrastructure. "Seven textile parks will come up in three years. Exports of leather products, garments and handicrafts are being encouraged. The textile was also an integral part of the PLI scheme announced late last year," he said. PM Modi highlighted that the role of MSMEs in creating Atmanirbhar Bharat is valuable. "I assure the MSME sector that my government and I are with them in their efforts. The role of MSMEs in creating Atmanirbhar Bharat is valuable. I want to applaud the MSMEs of Coimbatore for creating wealth and adding value. The government of India has taken several steps to help MSMEs. One example is the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme," he said.