FREE PRESS Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023 INDORE BHOPAL UJJAIN MUMBAI RNI No. 38281/83 PUNE - VOL. XXXVII NO. 285 | INDORE | THURSDAY | MARCH 25, 2021 | PAGES 12 WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN EDIT NIA invokes stringent UAPA against Vaze AMBANI BOMB SCARE CASE AGENCY TAKES over Hiran case, too PARAM BIR TOLD TO PETITION BOMBAY HC In a major development in the SUV case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has slapped charges under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against the arrested-suspended Mumbai Police Assistant Police Inspector Sachin . Vaze, officials said on Wednesday "The agency has added the sections of the UAPA against Vaze, who was arrested on March 13 in connection with Scorpio SUV with 20 gelatin sticks and a threat note, parked near Antilia, the home of industrialist Mukesh Ambani," an NIA official said. Billed as a prime accused, Vaze, a former 'encounter specialist', was arrested for his role in the case and sent to NIA custody till March 25. The NIA had taken over the SUV case probe on March 3 after notification from the Central government. The Maharashtra ATS, which is probing the businessman Mansukh Hiran's death in the same case, was planning to seek Vaze's custody on . Thursday CONTD. ON P8 In a setback to the ousted former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, a 1988 batch IPS officer, the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain his plea to stay his transfer to the Home Guards and order a CBI probe into the alleged corrupt malpractices of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, telling him to approach Bombay High Court. Appearing for him, advocate Mukul Rohatgi, sought a direction to the High Court to hear the matter immediately on Thursday since the case involves certain CCTV footage which may be destroyed. However, the Bench of Jutices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and R Subhash Reddy told Rohatgi that this prayer may be made before the HC. The Bench said, no doubt the matter is "quite serious" but wondered why Deshmukh had not been made a party, even though the entire case revolves around him. CONTD. ON P8 OUR BUREAU/ NEW DELHI AGENCIES Mumbai Petrol price cut by 18 paise, diesel by 17 NEW DELHI: Petrol price on Wednesday was cut by 18 paise per litre and diesel by 17 paise a litre as internat ional oil prices tumbled to the lowest since February. Petrol price was cut to Rs 90.99 a litre in Delhi. Diesel now comes for Rs 81.30 a litre in the national capital. Tiger found dead in Pench Reserve SEONI: A tiger has been found dead in Pench Tiger Reserve's Gumtra core . area in MP The carcass was spotted on March 22 by officials dring patrolling, he said. "Prima facie, the carcass is about 4-5 days old. Nails, hair, skin and teeth of the tiger were found to be intact and no suspicious thing was found. Court convicts 2 in Nikita murder case CHANDIGARH: A fasttrack court in Faridabad on Wednesday convicted two men in connection with the omar, 5 murder of Nikita T months after she was shot outside her college. Prime accused Tausif and another man, Rehan, were held guilty and a third accused Azharuddin acquitted in the case, defence counsel Adal Singh Rawat said. Rs 3 cr, 3 kg gold looted from Satna farmhouse BHOPAL: Four people looted Rs 3cr and 3 kg gold from farmhouse of a mining contractor, Sunil Pathak in Satna district on , Tuesday evening, SP Satna Dhramveer Singh said. He said it was suspected that someone who knew about the amount being kept in the farmhouse was behind the crime. Bobde gives clean chit to Ramana, picks him as new CJI NEW DELHI: JusChief tice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde, who is due to retire on April 23, a year after holding the top post of the Supreme Court, has picked Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana as his successor and recommended to the Centre that he be appointed as the new CJI. He has sent the recommendation abiding by the principle that senior-most judge of the SC be the CJI as per the Memorandum of Procedure governing appointments to the higher ju. diciary CLEAN CHIT: Before recommending Justice Ramana's name, the CJI also cleared the air about the allegations of corruption levelled against him. A short statement issued by the top court said: "A complaint dated 6th October, 2020, sent by the CM of Andhra to the SC was dealt with under the In-House Procedure and, the same, on due consideration, stands dismissed." Vaze asked cops to stop probe into Hiren's case The NIAhas revealed that Vaze had called Vikhroli police station to stop its investigation in the car theft case lodged by a businessman Mansukh Hiran, which has become a crucial knot in untangling the Antilla bomb scare case. BJP turns to Koshyari In an attempt to corner the MVA govt, a BJP delegation met Governor BS Koshyari on Wednesday and urged him to seek a report from CM Uddhav Thackeray and the chief secretary on governance and corruption issues. 7 yrs’ jail term for setting up illegal colonies CABINET OKAYS plan for legalising colonies OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL , The Cabinet, on Wednesday approved a proposal for declaring illegal colonies legal. The Bill will become a law after the House passes it. Before the civic bodies’ polls, the government’s decision to legalise the colonies is considered a masterstroke. The Bill will open the road to 6,800 illegal colonies in the state becoming legal. In the Bill, there are provisions for punishing those who will set up illegal colonies in future. There are also provisions in the Bill for seven years’ jail term and a fine of Rs 10 lakh for building illegal colonies. Apart from that, the Bill contains provisions for auctioning the properties of colonisers to develop the colonies set up by them. Those who give permission for setting up such colonies will also face the music. Before the 2018 Vishan Sabha elections, the BJP government had begun the process of legalising the colonies. At that time, the government had planned to combine Section 15 with the MP Nagar Palika Colony Registration and Restriction and Conditions Act, 1988, to legalise those colonies. The court has stopped it for following the wrong process to legalise those colonies. Thus, the procedures completely stopped. Keeping in mind the court’s objection, the Nagar Palika (Amendment) Bill, 2021, is being brought. According to the new Bill, the colonies will be legalised by increasing the compounding fee by 20%. Earlier, the compounding fee was 10%. 3 UP youths held for forging docus to join the army FPNS Dewas/Indore Three youths from Uttar Pradesh, who had made forged ID proofs of Madhya Pradesh domicile for Rs 20,000 each from a man in Delhi and qualified in the , Army Entrance Rally were caught by an Army Intelligence team in Dewas on . They were Wednesday handed over to the police and a case was registered at the Dewas Industrial Area police station. Police station-in-charge Anil Sharma said the three accused - Amit Sharma (Ghaziabad), Rakesh Kumar (Baghpat) and Yogendra (Bulandshahar) - were charged with fraud. The three youths had come from UP and prepared forged mark-sheets and address proofs of Ujjain. The accused had passed the rally and, when asked to submit documents, the team papers their checking doubted their bona fides, after which the Army Intelligence took over the matter and pinned down the three suspects. CONTD. ON P8 Shooters from MP have hit the bull's-eye at the international championship to corner glory for the nation, as well as for the state. The International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup is being held in Delhi. The daughter of an electrician at Tantya Tope Stadium, Chinki Yadav, and the son of a farmer from Ratanpur village in Khargone district, Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar, won gold medals in the championship. Tomar bagged the first gold of the day in the 50metre rifle three-position, while Chinki aimed at the second gold in the 25-metre pistol event. Chinki, who hails from Bhopal, began her shooting career without any knowledge of what she was getting into. And now, she has brought glory not only to her electrician father, who used to watch her practise from a far corner of the stadium, but also to the state and to the entire nation. 34.20c. 19.10c Sunrise : 06.26 Sunset : 06.40 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Loving service to all is a way to show our gratitude. His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj Chinki Yadav Elated by the win, Chinki remembers how she visited the stadium with her father, Mehtab Singh Yadav, who has been working with the department as an electrician for the past 23 years. She watched the players practise from her home inside the stadium premises. She wanted to be out in the field doing something, but she did not know what. She imagined playing snooker or gymanstics. But destiny had other plans. It was 2012 when she heard about the shooting trials. She decided to give it a go and got herself selected to train at the academy Mehtab says he was so . proud at her selection that he could scarcely contain it. When she began training, Chinki barely knew the difference between a rifle and a pistol. As a result, she ended up trying shotgun. With just a few performances, she grabbed eyeballs. The coaches selected her for the nationals. She has not stopped since then. The 21year-old shooter says it is her first medal at a World Cup and that, too, is gold. She is very happy, she adds. The 25-metre pistol in the women's category was swept away by Indian girls at the World Cup. LOCKDOWN SUNDAY D-11198 584 test C-positive, 2 deaths OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore A sudden increase in Covid cases was seen in the city as it crossed 500-mark again after 99 days. As many as 584 patients tested positive out of 4,519 sample on received reports Wednesday. Last time, above 500 cases were reported on December 5 when 516 cases were reported. City had seen the highest number of cases on December 1 i.e. 595 and experts believe that the record will be breached in next couple of days. Rate of positive patients was recorded at 12.92 percent. Total number of posireached patients tive 65,957. Two deaths were reported taking the toll to 949, so far. According to the bulletin, reports of total till received samples Wednesday was 9,04,178. As many as 3871 samples were tested negative on Department . Wednesday took 4452 more samples for testing -- 3250 RTPCR and 1202 RAT. As many as 2523 patients are getting treatment in various hospitals of the . city Total 62485 patients have been discharged so far. in 4 more cities OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL As the state government has extended the Sunday lockdown to four more cities of the state — Betul, Chhindwara, Khargone and Ratlam — the number has now increased to seven. The home department also issued fresh on guidelines Covid-19 . Wednesday The state government is taking strict steps to control the spread of coronavirus in the state. As one of the measures, the lockdown has been extended to the four districts along with Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur. During festivals, such as Shab-e-Barat, Easter, Holi and Eid-ul-Fitr, mass gatherings have been restricted. Students coming to appear for examinations will, however, be exempted from the ban. Government officials posted in the registration office and treasury office, besides people who visit these offices, are not going to come under restrictions either. The two offices will be open on March 28, too. In these 7 JEE 2021 (MAIN) MARCH City lad Antriksh is state topper OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore It's a moment of glory for Antriksh Gupta who clears Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)Main 2021 March attempt with flying colours beand comes the state topper again. He was the state topper for the February attempt of JEE Main 2021 as well. On Wednesday night, the NTA released the results on March 8 exams in which six candidates have scored a perfect 100 percentile. At least 13 candidates scored 100 percentile in the JEE (Main) March exams for admission in engineering programmes. The number of candidates who scored 100 percentile in the February exams was only six. The NTA will reopen the registration window on Thursday for MADHYA PRADESH SHOOTERS BRING LAURELS FOR NATION IN ISSF WORLD CUP Electrician's daughter, farmer's son hit the bull's eye OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal WEATHER I’M A MINORITY ON SCREEN: LILLY SINGH Pg-12 WELCOME SELF-RESTRAINT BY APEX COURT ON PILs Pg- 6 FOR 24X7 UPDATES News Brief `3 Quality at Value correction and registration for subsequent cycles of April and May and the window is likely to remain open for a week. 99.995717%: State Topper: Antriksh Gupta says… "I am 17-year-old and it was my second attempt for JEE Main. I did not expect to be state topper the first . time in February I just studied and gave my best. I used to study 8 to 10 hours every day to clear my concepts. I decided to become an engineer in grade 10.His parents are school teachers so that's one of the reasons for me to study hard. My mother Aprana Gupta is a science teacher while my father Lakhan Lal Gupta is a maths teacher. This time, we had to study through online classes. We missed the classroom environment, but managed to . study My elder sister (Astha Gupta) is becoming an engineer." Success mantra: Always listen to teachers, work hard and be thankful for your family support. More restrictions In districts where average positive cases are more than 20 per day, participation of people in wedding ceremonies is restricted to 50 and in funeral processions to 20 In these districts, clubs, swimming pools and cinemas will be closed Such programmes as Uthawna and mass funeral feasts are banned Restaurants will be closed, but ‘take home’ facility will stay The crisis management committees of these districts can also close off religious places. The lockdown timing from 10 pm to 6 am can be increased to 8 pm to 6 am Restrictions are not going to affect timings of chemists, ration outlets and food stalls cities, all educational institutes will remain closed till March 31. Pre-scheduled exams will be held and they will not come under the ban. INX MEDIA Summons issued to PC, Karti in PMLA case AGENCIES New Delhi A Delhi court Wednesday issued summons to former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the INX Media moneylaundering case on taking cognisance of the charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against them. pecial Judge M K Nagpal issued summons against the senior Congress leader, his son and others directing them to appear before the court on April 7. The court said there was sufficient material to proceed against the Chidambarams, Karti's chartered accountant S S former Bhaslararaman, CEO of INX Pratim Mukerjea and six firms including INX Media and INX News. The charge sheet was filed under section 3 (money laundering) read with section 70 (offences by companies), which is punishable under the PMLA. From farmlands to shooting range, Tomar bags World Cup gold he pride of Ratanpur, TTomar, saysup aheadsoAishwarya he was nervous of the game. that he threw He says it was the finale and everyone around him seemed to be the best. It was so difficult for him to cope with the pressure that he threw up. However, his coach calmed him down, saying it was good that he knew the pressure and that he was ready to bring a medal home, says Tomar. Tomar also won a silver medal at the tournament in a team event that took place two days ago.Hailing from an agricultural family, the 18-year-old prodigy did not have a clear picture of what his future held for him. But, inspired by his cousin, he decided to give shooting a go. He came to Bhopal in 2015 to attend a camp. The coaches here spotted him, awed by the natural shooter that he was.The teenage prodigy was the second Indian, after veteran Sanjeev Rajput, to have achieved a quota place in a 3-position event, which he had secured for the omar''s okyo Olympics. T 2020 T qualification scores for the World Cup were not as good as his performance in the World Cup, itself. He says there was a wind blowing and the weather was not normal. It affected his qualification-round performance. But his coach said a winner was one who adapted oneself to omar says, though he won any circumstance. T gold at the junior world cup, the senior has an entirely different feel.