FREE PRESS Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023 INDORE BHOPAL UJJAIN MUMBAI RNI No. 38281/83 PUNE - VOL. XXXVII NO. 294 | INDORE | SUNDAY | APRIL 4, 2021 | PAGES 14 Mishti doi is sweet…Why is Didi so bitter? Modi WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN WORLD US REPORTS OVER 13,000 CASES OF COVID VARIANTS Pg- 9 FOR 24X7 UPDATES HOLLYWOOD DEBUT FOR PALASH SEN’S SON KINSHUK Pg-12 MAMATA HAS done nothing for Singur but play Singur card for own political purpose FP BUREAU Kolkata News Brief Container truck runs over cop's legs on highway JABALPUR: A constable of the Madhya Pradesh Road Transport department (MPRTD) was injured when a container truck ran over his legs on Saturday, police said. Constable Prakash Choudhary was injured when a container truck ran over his legs near Kaladehi village, some 47 km from the district headquarters, Bargi police station in-charge Shivraj Singh said. The incident took place when the flying squad of the MPRTD's Jabalpur division was checking vehicles at a checkpoint, he said. War of words in West Bengal between PM Narendra and CM Mamata Baner. jee hit a new low on Saturday Address, ing a rally Modi said that contesting elections from Nandigram is Didi's biggest mistake. He also called her ‘bitter’. "There is a certain sweetness in Bengal. It's language, it's people....don't get me started about mishti doi and the sweets. Then how are you so bitter, . Didi?" Modi asked at the rally The PM claimed that the TMC supremo has done nothing for Singur but played Singur card for her own political purpose. “Didi has closed all doors of employment in Singur and West Bengal. The result of the ongoing election is clear on the day of the Nandigram poll,” stated Modi. Claiming that Banerjee will contest from Varanasi in the 2024 Lok Sabha poll, Modi said that Banerjee had understood that she cannot do anything in Bengal anymore. Taking a potshot at TMC supremo for her comments that Poll panel is being run by Home Minister Shah, Modi said that her angry outbursts against central forces and Shah is due to her ‘fear for defeat’. Meanwhile, Banerjee alleged that the BJP is bringing police from other states to influence voters. “A day from Nandigram went for polls, people from Delhi dressed as police threatened people. CONTD. ON P8 PM Narendra Modi being presented a memento by BJP candidate from Chinsurash Locket Chatterjee during an election rally in Hooghly district on Saturday PM urges Assam militants to join mainstream TAMULPUR: Buoyed by a raft of peace agreements with underground outfits in the Northeast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made a fervent appeal to militants in Assam who have not surrendered yet to return to the mainstream as they are needed to create an 'Atmanirbhar Assam'. Addressing an election rally here in Bodoland Territorial Region's (BTR) Baksa district, the prime minister said people of the state have rejected violence for development, peace, unity and stability. Accusing the Congress of encouraging violence, Modi said, "It is our responsibility to ensure the rehabilitation of those who have returned to the mainstream after years of struggle. "I also appeal to those who are yet Busy on call, nurse gives 2 vax shots LUCKNOW: Busy on her mobile, an ANM gave Covid jab twice to a woman in sheer medical negligence at a PHC in Akbarpur area of Kanpur dehat. Taking serious cognizance of negligence during vaccination drive, the DM JP Singh has directed the CMO to submit a detailed report on the goof up. ANM Archana has been put off duty from the vaccination drive. The incident was reported from Marhauli PHC where a 50year-old lady Kamlesh Kumari went to get first dose. Archana, who was talking to someone on mobile, gave her the jab. While she was under observation , the ANM the second shot. to surrender to return for the future of the state and for their own future, too, as they are needed to create an 'Atmanirbhar Assam'," he said. Referring to the huge crowd of women present at the rally, the prime minister said during his last visit to Kokrajhar in BTR on Thursday, he was surprised to see women in large numbers and asked a political analyst about the reason, and was told "mothers are now sure their children will not pick up weapons and go away to the jungle again". "I assure every mother and sister of the BTR that the dreams of your children will be fulfilled and they do not have to pick up weapons and go to the jungles or fall victim to bullets," he said. FROM APRIL 15 45+ & not yet vaccinated? Stay away from govt offices, mandis OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore After getting tough with Covidiots, the district administration has now decided to get tough against those who are taking the . jab job lightly From April 15, those who are 45+ and have not been vaccinated yet will not get access to government offices. This was stated to the media by the collector Manish Singh on Satur. day They will not be allowed to enter State government offices, including Mandis, Indore Municipal Corporation, IDA, Collector Office. At the entry point, people will have to show their vaccination certificate. Those who fail to do so will be sent back. They have to keep the record stored in the mobile phone. This is being done to promote vaccination and thus curbing the spread of the killer Corona disease. Expressing dissatisfaction over people's carelessness regarding masks, he said the IMC staffers have been empowered to slap fines on covidiots. Singh also said misbehaving with IMC staffers will be a punishable offence. WEATHER 37.20c. 19.20c Sunrise : 06.16 Sunset : 06.43 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY “You can really cure many problems of your country if you could just meditate on them.” Her Holiness Mataji Nirmala Devi STATE REPORTS 110 C-DEATHS IN PAST 10 DAYS OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL AT LEAST 110 Covid deaths Madhya in reported Pradesh in last 10 days. On Saturday, 15 patients lost their lives while 16 others . fell to the virus on Friday Last week, the average corona positive rate was 10.1 per cent. However, the it rose to 10.4 per cent on Sat. urday The state reported 2,839 corona cases pushing the infection tally to 3,03,673 and death toll to 4,029. Active cases also went up to 20,369. Around 27,231 samples were sent for testing while 199 samples were rejected at time of testing. Bhopal's tally of positive cases rose to 52,980 when 737 DATES April 3 April 2 April 1 March 31 March 30 March 29 March 28 March 27 March 26 March 25 DEATHS 15 16 12 09 10 09 11 10 09 09 502 new scases surfaced and death toll too rose to 635. Bhopal has active cases went up to 4651. Jabalpur reported 205 corona cases with 1409 active cases and Gwalior reported 120 cases with 764 active cases. CONTD. ON P8 test positive, 2 deaths in city INDORE: There is no relief for citizens from increasing Coronvirus as 737 positive cases found on Saturday out of 4,727 samples. Rate of positive patients was recorded at 15.59%. Total number of positive patients reached 72,436. Two deaths were reported taking the toll to 971 so far. According to the bulletin, reports of total samples received till Saturday was 9,45,012. As many as 3,971 samples . were tested negative on Saturday Department took 4313 more samples for testing--3291 RTPCR and 1022 RAT. As many as 5209 patients are getting . tratment in the city Total 66256 patients have been discharged so far. Spl court remands Sachin Vaze in NIA custody till April 7 Virtual hearings in HC from Apr 5 MUMBAI: A division bench of the Bombay High Court on Saturday decided to revert to virtual hearings from April 5 in view of the surge in Covid cases in Mumbai. The bench of Justices S S Shinde and Manish Pitale will take up their judicial assignment through video- conferencing instead of physical hearings, a notice issued V R Kachare, Registrar Judicial said. "As a precautionary measure in view of Covid, the hearing of matters will be conducted via VC," the notice said. `4 Quality at Value STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Maoists kill 5 jawans in Chhattisgarh FP BUREAU Raipur Five security personnel including two CRPF jawans have been killed and around 10 others sustained injuries during an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district on Satur. day Chhattisgarh DGP DM Awasthi said that the encounter took place at around noon when the security forces were carrying out a joint anti-Maoist operation in Tarrem area of Bijapur district, about 400 km south of the state capital. The forces comprised CRPF elite unit CoBRA, the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Special Task Force (STF). "Five security personnel died and around 10 others injured in an encounter with the Maoists in the jungles near Tarrem, Bijapur," Chhattisgarh DGP DM Awasthi was quoted as saying.The operation is still on and some Maoists are also suspected to be killed during the exchange of fire. Following the incident, an emergency meeting of the DGP, Special DG (AntiMaoist Operations) Ashoke Juneja and other officers was held in Raipur. The CRPF also confirmed five casualties on the part of the security forces in the encounter with the Maoists in Bijapur. It said that one Maoist has also been killed in the gunbattle. "In an encounter in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh, initial reports indicate that three District Reserve Guard (DRG) and two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans have been martyred. One Maoist has also been killed and the encounter is on," the CRPF was quoted as saying by IANS. Suspended Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze was on Saturday remanded in the National Investigation (NIA)’s Agency custody till April 7 by a special court. TheNational Investigation Agency , which is probing the Antilia bomb scareMansukh Hiran murder case, told the special NIA its that court probe has found that Vaze held a joint account and locker with an accomplice in DCB Bank’s Versova Branch. It said this account was operated by the said suspect, whose name it did not reveal, on March 18, when Vaze was in its custody after his arrest on March 13. The investigating agency alleged that incriminating material was swiped out of it. On 30 March, when it searched the locker, only some docwere uments found, the NIA alleged. The agency also said a diary was a from found Bombay South club, which reflected that Vaze had received a huge amount from the club owner. Appearing for Vaze, senior advocate Abad Ponda argued that the agency has not made any grounds for an extended custody for offences under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Rs 26.50 lakh withdrawn from Vaze's joint a/c after arrest: NIA an amount of Rs 26.50 lakh was he NIA has found Twithdrawn 18, fivethatjointafter the Mumbai police officer and his bank account of Sachin Waze from the was days aide on March arrested for his alleged role in planting an explosives-laden SUV outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani's home on February 25, the court was told on Saturday. Without naming Waze's accomplice, the National Investigation Agency said certain "incriminating material" was also taken out by someone from the joint locker of Waze and his aide, who is a suspect in the case, from a bank located in Versova area in Mumbai. EC halves campaigning Russian court fines Twitter ban on Biswa Sarma $116,778 over illegal content NEW DELHI The Election Commission Saturday reduced the 48-hour campaign ban imposed on Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma to 24 hours after he tendered an "unconditional apology" and assured the poll panel that he will abide by the provisions of the model code. The BJP leader now can start campaigning from the evening. He was on Friday initially barred from campaigning-related activities till April 4 for allegedly making threatening remarks against Bodoland People's Front (BPF) chief . Hagrama Mohilary Canvassing for the third and final phase of Assam assembly elections comes to an end on the evening of April 4. The final phase of polling will be held on April 6. In his representation to the Election Commission on Satur, day Sarma had pleaded to reduce the ban to 24 hours on the ground that he is himself a candidate in the constituency . which is scheduled to go for polls on Tuesday CONTD. ON P8 AGENCIES Moscow A court in Russian has fined the microblogging platform Twitter $116,778 for violating the country's Internet legislation by failing to remove banned content. The platform has been grappling with government scrutiny globally including in India over the presence of bad accounts. Part of the content in Platform has been grappling with govt scrutiny globally question urged minors to take part in illegal protests, promoted drug use, and spread child pornography, news Xinhua reports . agency Twitter has 60 days to pay the fine from the day the ruling comes into force. According to Russia's TASS News Agency, Moscow's Tagansky District Court handed Twitter a total of 8.9 million rubles in fines ($116,778) for refusing to delete tweets urging minors to join an unauthoillegitimate and rised event. The court was set to consider three more protocols that the Russian media watchdog had filed against Facebook. The consideration of three similar protocols against Google has been postponed to May 4. Beneficiaries rest in observation after receiving Covid doses at a camp in Bhopal on Saturday Exams for Classes IX, XI to be held online: Parmar STUDENTS, PARENTS and teachers criticise decision OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL The school education minister has said the examinations for students of Class 9 and 11 will be held online. The decision has been taken considering severe surge in corona positive cases. School education minister Inder Singh Parmar said that considering spread of corona virus it is not advisable to hold exams through offline mode. The question papers will be sent to students through various online mediums. Students will write the exam from home and then submit the answer copies with the nearest collection centre. 'The decision has been taken for the safety of students. Exams will be held on open book online pattern,' said the minister. The exams for these classes are scheduled to begin from April 12. The statement given by the school education minister Parmar has not gone down well with the students, parents and teachers alike. 'Students of class 9 and 11 are at risk of getting afflicted with corona virus hence online exams but students of class 10 and 12- falling in the same age group- are safe. What absurd logic is this,' said a principal of a government school, wishing not to be named. The students of class 10 and 12 have demanded postponement of exams and held demonstrations at several places across the state. Students have given memorandum in this regard in Burhanpur, Khandwa and some other places as well. Even the parents are wary and are concerned about their children's safety The . MP Palak Mahasangh has demanded that the exams for classes 9-12 should be postponed. 'Exams for class 9-12 should be postponed, at least for now. The decision for holding it online also could not do justice as most of the students face challenge of net connectivity,' said state convener of Palak Mahasangh, Subodh Pandya. Centre asks states, UTs not to allow fresh registration of healthcare workers NEW DELHI The Centre on Saturday directed the states and UTs that no fresh registrations of healthcare and frontline workers will be allowed since some ineligible beneficiaries were names their getting enlisted for vaccination against COVID-19, under this category, in violation of rules. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, in a letter, said registration of persons aged 45 years and above will continue to be permitted on Co-WIN porthe asked and tal, states/UTs to ensure universal vaccination of already registered healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) at the earliest. The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with HCWs getting inoculated and the vaccination of FLWs started from February 2. The next phase of vaccination COVID-19 commenced from March 1 for those over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions. In the letter, Bhushan said all efforts have been made in close collaboration with states and UTs to saturate vaccination of HCWs and FLWs.