FREE PRESS `3 FP The publishers permit sharing of the e-paper's pdf on WhatsApp and other social media platforms VOL. 11 NO. 162 | BHOPAL | THURSDAY | NOVEMBER 25, 2021 | PAGES 14 - Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023; RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 Police commissionerate system to be implemented this month EDITIONS: INDORE, BHOPAL, UJJAIN, MUMBAI, PUNE EDIT WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN MOVE TOWARDS INDIA’S OWN CRYPTOCURRENCY Pg- 6 FOR 24X7 UPDATES OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL News Brief Pak informs India of allowing transport of wheat to Afghanistan ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday said it has formally informed India about its decision to allow the transportation of an Indian humanitarian shipment of 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and life saving drugs to neighbouring Afghanistan through its territory on an "exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes". Security tightened outside Gambhir's residence NEW DELHI: Security has been beefed up outside the residence of former cricketer and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir here on Wednesday after he received an alleged death threat from "ISIS Kashmir", officials said. After receiving the first threat, a complaint addressed to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) stated that a death threat from "ISIS Kashmir" was received on the official email ID of Gambhir at 9.32 pm on Tuesday, they said. 3 militants killed in encounter in Srinagar SRINAGAR: Three unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Rambagh area of the city on Wednesday, officials said. The ultras were killed in a brief shootout near the Rambagh bridge on Lal Chowk-Airport road, the officials said.They said the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants were being ascertained. Waze admits meeting PA MUMBAI: Suspended assistant police inspector Sachin Waze on Wednesday told the Stateappointed one-member committee that he met the former home minister Anil Deshmukh’s personal assistant (PA) Sanjeev Palande at his residence, but there was no conversation or demand regarding any money. He told the commission that he wasn’t given any special powers to seize any bar or hotel, nor was he trusted with certain “important” cases to probe.Waze testified before the commission chaired by Justice (retd.) Kailash Chandiwal, who is investigating the allegations made by former top cop Parambir Singh against Deshmukh.He was crossexamined by Palande’s advocate Shekhar Jagtap. commissionerate Police system in Bhopal and Indore will be implemented before the end of this month, said Home Minister Narottam Mishra while talking to media persons . here on Wednesday On Sunday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had announced plans to implement the police commissionerate system in Bhopal and Indore so that a better mechanism can be set up to control crime. The home minister added that police officers under this commissionerate system will be given additional powers by amending cer- tain sections of the Criminal Code Procedure (CrPC), Police Act, Motor Vehicles Act, National Security Act, State Security Act (externment from districts), Prisoners Act, ImTraffic moral Prevention Act, GovernSement crets Act Beetc. sides posting a police commissioner in Indore and Bhopal, a of total three officers of the rank of Additional Commissioner, 8 officers of the rank of Deputy Commis- sioner, and 29 officers of the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police will be posted. He further said the State Government will issue 10 notifications to implement the policing system and requisite proposals will not need the approval of the cabinet or the Asstate . sembly Officials will be posted under the commissionerates on the day the notification is issued, Mishra said, adding that notifications will be is- sued after the approval of the state's Finance and Law departments. This policing system, which has been discussed in the state for a long time, is aimed at effective crime control. Earlier underlining the need for the commissionarate system in Indore and Bhopal, the CM had said though the law and order situation in the state is better, the urban population has been increasing rapidly and metro cities are expanding geographically and population-wise. Therefore, some new problems of law and order are arising and this decision was taken as a measure to control criminal activities, he had said. Rajasthani artistes perform folk dance during 'Deshaj' on the occasion of 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' at Ravindra Rang Manch in Bikaner, on Tuesday Cabinet clears Bill to repeal 3 farm laws TO BE TABLED in Parl in Winter session NEW DELHI The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill to repeal the three farm laws which led to protests at various Delhi border points by thousands of farmers for nearly a year, and it will be introduced in Parliament during the upcoming Winter session. The Cabinet approval comes following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement on November 19 regarding withdrawal of the three farm legislations. He had said the Centre could not convince protesting farmers about the benefits of these laws, while urging them to end their protest. The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 has been approved to roll back the three laws which were passed by Parliament in Sep- tember last year with an objective to bring reforms in the agriculture sector, especially marketing of farm produce. "The Cabinet has completed the formalities to repeal the three farm laws. ...In the upcoming session of the Parliament, it will be our priority to take back these three laws," Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur told reporters. Thakur, however, did not reply to queries related to setting up of a committee to study minimum support price (MSP) and other farm issues as announced by the Prime Minister. The winter session of Parliament will commence on November 29 and conclude on December 23. The three laws to be repealed are -Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act. CONTD. ON P8 64TH NAT'L SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIP Young shooters to rule the roost OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal The rifle events of the 64th National Shooting Championship that Madhya Pradesh State Shooting Academy in Bhopal's Bishankhedi will witness over 40 per cent of young shooters, who are below 18 years of age. Out of the total 3,503 rifle shooters, 1,212 (706 boys, 504 girls) are under the age of 18. A total of 2,202 men and 1,301 women will take part in the championship. The first leg of the championship begun with pistol events in New Delhi on November 18. The inaugural ceremo- ny is scheduled to be held at the venue at 10.30 am with Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains as the chief guest. The event will be presided over by minister of sports and youth affairs Yashodhara Raje Scindia. The championship will witness the 10-meter and 50-meter rifle events in different categories, being held between 8.15 am and 5 pm. Many Olympian shooters and international players, including MP's star shooters Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Shreya Aggrawal will compete at the championship to establish themselves as the national champions. As many as six Arjuna Awardees will WEATHER 30.60c. 19.60c Sunrise : 06.46 Sunset : 05.41 APPLE SUES NSO FOR PEGASUS ATTACK ON IPHONES Pg-11 India, ADB sign $300 bn loan to improve access to healthcare NEW DELHI Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a USD 300 million loan to strengthen and improve access to comprehensive primary healthcare in urban areas of 13 states benefiting over 256 million urban dwellers, including 51 million from slum areas, a statement said on Wednesday . The loan agreement was signed on Tuesday, the statement issued by the Health Ministry stated. Rajat Kumar Mishra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance, signed for Government of India the agreement for strengthening comprehensive primary healthcare and pandemic preparedness in urban areas programme, while Takeo Konishi, Country Director of ADB's India Resident Mission, signed for the ADB, it said. After signing the loan agreement, Mishra said the programme supports Government of India's key health initiatives by expanding availability and access to quality primary healthcare services particularly for vulnerable populations in urban areas, the statement said. CONTD. ON P8 Quality at Value aim for the 70 available gold medals. The secretary general of National Rifle Association, Kunwar Sultan Singh, joint secretary general Pawan Singh, secretary Rajeev Bhatia and the director of sports and youth welfare Ravi Kumar Gupta informed the press about the launch on Wednesday evening. Gupta said, "The state's shooting academy is well-equipped with international facilities which attracted the attention of the national body to hold the championship in Bhopal." Bhatia said, "The Olympics are over an year and a half away and the shooters are prepping themselves for the same. CONTD. ON P8 71pc Indians have low or zero trust in cryptos SANJAY JOG Mumbai A study conducted by a leading community social media platform LocalCircles has revealed that 71% Indians have low or zero trust in cryptocurrencies; only 1% have high trust. Also, 51% want India to roll out . its own digital currency Further, 54% Indians do not want the government to legalise cryptocurrencies but tax them like any digital asset held abroad; whereas 26% said they should be legalised and then taxed in India. The study, which was carried out from November 2 to November 22 in 342 districts, received more than 56,000 responses from citizens. It was conducted amidst the buzz about the Centre’s move to table a leg. islation to regulate the currency The study further said that 87% of the respondent families do not have anyone trading or investing in cryptocurrencies. ‘’The first question in the study asked citizens about the level of trust they currently have in cryptocurrencies. In response, only 1% said they have “high” trust; 12% said they have an “average” trust; and 22% said it is “low”. 49% of the respondents said they have “zero trust or do not trust the currency at all”. 16% did not have an opinion. On an aggregate, 71% had low or zero trust in cryptocurrencies while 1% have high trust. This question in the study received 9,174 responses,’’ says the finding. It was also strongly felt that advertisements of various cryptocurrencies, platforms and exchanges do not focus on the risks involved, with 74% respondents explicitly stating that the hazards are not highlighted in an effective manner. Only 5% respondents were in favour of regulating these advertisements, while 76% want them to be put on hold till the regulatory . framework is ready, revealed the study During the recent T-20 World Cup, 1 out of 3 advertisements were of cryptocurrencies, platforms and exchanges trying to grab eyeballs. The citizens were specifically asked how effective they found these advertisements in highlighting the risks involved. In response, 52% of the citizens 5 killed in accidents in Raisen, Bhind RAISEN/BHIND Five persons were killed in separate accidents involving two-wheelers in Raisen and Bhind districts, police . said on Wednesday Three persons were killed in Raisen, while two died in Bhind in the last 24 hours, officials said. In an accident that took place late on Tuesday night, three men died when their motorcycle collided with a tractor-trolley near Sunehra Patna village on Silwani-Gairatganj road, about 110-km from the district headquarters, SDOP N P Goyal said. The victims Gopal Kewat, Laxminarayan Kewat and Ashok Kewat, all in their early 20s, were residents of Bhanpur village, the official said. Following the incident, villagers staged a protest alleging that the victims had not received timely help after the accident. In a similar accident in Bhind district, two persons were killed and another injured when their motorcycle rammed into a sta, tractor-trolley tionary Mehgaon police station incharge D B S Tomar said. The accident took place at Gingrakhi village around , 11.30 pm on Tuesday he said. The three men were heading home after attending a wedding in Malanpur, when their motorcycle rammed into the stationary vehicle, he said. CONTD. ON P8 SURVEY FINDINGS Only 1% have high trust 51% want India to roll out its own digital currency 54% do not want crypto currencies legalised but taxed like a digital asset held abroad; 26% say they should be legalised and then taxed in India 76% want cryptocurrency ads to be put on hold till there is regulatory clarity 51% support India rolling out its own digital currency which is managed by the RBI; 26% against the same said they did it “completely ineffectively,” 22% said “quite ineffectively” and 6% said .” “somewhat effectively Only 5% of the citizens believed that cryptocurrency advertisements are highlighting the risks involved effectively, while 15% did not have an opinion. On an aggregate, 74% Indians believe cryptocurrency advertisements are not highlighting the risks involved in an effective manner. This question in the study received 9,942 responses. According to the study, 51% of the respondents support India rolling out its own digital currency which is managed by the RBI, while 26% are against it. This is an indication that the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) would be a more trustworthy investment. One in two Indians does not want cryptocurrencies legalised but favours RBI rolling out its own digital instrument. Govt extends 5-kg free foodgrains scheme till Mar 2022 TO COST exchequer Rs 53,344 cr NEW DELHI In a bid to support the poor the from recovering COVID-19 shock, the Centre on Wednesday decided to further extend the free supply of 5kg foodgrains per month under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Anna Yojana for four months till March 2022, a decision that will cost an additional Rs 53,344 crore to the exchequer. The decision, which will benefit over 80 crore ration card holders covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), was taken in the Cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Free foodgrains under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) scheme, announced in March last year to provide relief to the poor during the COVID pandemic, is over and above the normal quota provided under the NFSA at a highly subsidised rate of Rs 2-3 per kilogram. The PMGKAY has been extended several times, and the previous extension was valid till November 30. Briefing about the decision, Anurag Minister I&B Thakur said the Cabinet has extended the PMGKAY programme by four months till March 2022. When asked about the reasons for the extension of this scheme, Thakur explained that the Prime Minister wanted to help the poor, who had gone through the COVID19 pandemic, with the distribution of free foodgrains for another four months even as the economy is getting back on track. The four-month further extension of the PMGKAY will cost an additional Rs 53,344 crore to the exchequer, he said, adding that the total cost of the PMGKAY would reach about Rs 2.6 lakh crore, including all five phases of this ongoing programme. Elaborating more in a separate press briefing, Food Sudhanshu Secretary Pandey said: "It is a pro-active measure to support people when they are in the process of recovery. The economy is in a state of recovery. People are also recovering from the (pandemic) shock. CONTD. ON P8 'Narendra Mahant Giri was under Swamy begins new tantrums, meeting & praising Mamata grave mental trauma from accused' Mamata meets PM Modi OUR BUREAU NEW DELHI New Delhi: Mahant Narendra Giri, the deceased president of Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad, was under such "grave mental trauma" from his estranged disciple Anand Giri, priest Adhya Prasad Tiwari and his son Sandeep Tiwari that he ended his life to "avoid defamation and insult" in the eyes of , society the CBI has said in its charge sheet. The CBI recovered a video of the Mahant, recorded before he killed himself, in which he alleged that Anand Giri was going to release an "edited video" showing him in an objectionable position with a woman, it said. The agency had filed its charge sheet on Nov 20 accusing Anand Giri, the priest of Bade Hanuman Mandir in Allahabad, Adhya Prasad Tiwari and Sandeep Tiwari of abetment to suicide and , criminal conspiracy officials said. Narendra Giri, the president of the largest organisation of seers in India, was found hanging by his disciples at the Baghambari Mutt in Allahabad on Sept 20. CONTD. ON P8 Maverick Dr Subramanian Swamy, BJP MP, does not give up his political tantrums even at the age of 82, sending shock waves in his party with a meeting with West Bengal CM and Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee at the official South Delhi residence of her nephew and MP Abhishek Bannerjee at 3.30 PM on Wednesday . Nobody knows what is in store with Dr Swamy's meeting with Mamata and day earlier his meeting with West Bengal Gover- nor Jagdish Dhankar, but everyone suspects he may create trouble to Prime Minister Modi for getting sidelined and even removed from the new national executive of the BJP. Guesswork is on regarding his potentials as it was Dr Swamy who had brought down the Vajpayee government by organising a meeting of late Jayalalitha with Sonia Gandhi.In a tweet, an aide of Dr Swamy claimed he had met Mamata to assess the facts about the alleged atrocities on the Hindus in West Bengal. The Trinamul's Twitter handle also confirmed Wednesday est Bengal CM WPrime Minister Mamata Banerjee onraised thethatmetof the issue Narendra Modi and it be BSF's territorial jurisdiction in the state, demanding withdrawn. She also told the Modi that the federal structure of the country should not be disturbed in any way. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Banerjee said that she invited the prime minister to inaugurate the Global Business Summit PG-7 which would be held in West Bengal next year. his meeting with Mamata. His aide said though Dr Swamy has not formerly joined the Trinamul Congress, he is already gone on Mamata's side, but he does not want to lose his Rajya Sabha seat by defecting midway to her party. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in April 2016 and then joined the BJP. His 6year term ends in April 2022. His praise of Mamata in a tweet after meeting her shows he ultimately wants to quit the BJP, which has refused to give him the recognition. In the tweet, he says: "Of the all the politicians I have met or worked with, Mamata Banerjee ranks with JP, Morarji Desai, Rajiv Gandhi, Chandrashekhar, and P V Narasimha Rao who meant what they said and said what they meant. In Indian politics, that is a rare quality ." In another tweet, Dr Swamy he attacks Home Minister Amit Shah for not bothering about the Hindus massacred in West Bengal. "It is amazing that ABs and GBs are tweeting to me: "What about killing of Hindus in Bengal?" Has Union Home Minister know nothing? Has he taken sanyas? ABs and GBs should ask him since he is their patron." AB stands for 'andhbhakt' those who mindlessly support BJP or rightwing and GB stands for 'gandh-bhakt.'