FREE PRESS - VOL. XXXVIII NO. 322 | INDORE | SUNDAY | MAY 1, 2022 | PAGES 14 WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023; RNI No. 38281/83 EDITIONS: INDORE, BHOPAL, UJJAIN, MUMBAI, PUNE FOR 24X7 UPDATES NATION PATIALA CLASHES: 3 POLICE OFFICERS SHUNTED OUT TRULY TRADITIONAL Pg-13 TANDOORI D&N: HOTTEST APRIL SINCE 1900 FP NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI Northwest and central India on Saturday recorded the highest average maximum temperature in April since 1900. The two regions experienced the hottest April in 122 years with average maximum temperature touching 35.9 degrees Celsius and 37.78 degrees Cel- sius, respectively . The northwest region had previously recorded an average maximum temperature of 35.4 degrees Celsius in April 2010, while the previous record for the central region was 37.75 degrees Celsius in 1973. There is unlikely to be respite for the region in May, the weather office said on Saturday Rather, . most parts, barring those in southern peninsular India, are likely to experience warmer nights in May as well. The high temperatures in March and April are being attributed to "continuously ." scanty rainfall activity In March, northwest India recorded a deficit in rainfall of around 89 per cent, while the deficit was nearly 83 per cent in April, mainly on account of al- Mind the Lakshman Rekha, says CJI OUR BUREAU / NEW DELHI News Brief 46K loudspeakers removed in UP Nearly 46,000 unauthorised loudspeakers were removed from religious places and the volume of another 59,000 was set to permissible limits across Uttar Pradesh following a government order, a senior police official said on Saturday. 41kg of high-end weed seized A major consignment of high-quality hydroponic marijuana imported from California, US, was seized by the Airport Special Cargo Commissionerate, Mumbai. In all, 41kgs of high-curated quality weed cookies and brownies used for recreation in high-circle party circuits were seized by Mumbai Customs Zone III from a leading courier service at the Mumbai Airport Customs Courier Centre. Khargone: Claim tribunal rules Madhya Pradesh government on Saturday notified rules under the Public and Private Property Recovery Act for functioning and jurisdictional details of the claim tribunal set up in connection with the Ram Navami violence that took place in Khargone city earlier this month, officials said. Woman thrown out of moving train A 25-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh was allegedly thrown out of a running train by a man after she resisted his molestation attempt near Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh's Chhatarpur district, an official said on Saturday. Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on Saturday said that the Constitution provides for separation of power among the three organs of the state, and while discharging duty one should , be mindful of the 'Lakshman Rekha'. "Constitution provides separation of power among three organs and the harmonious function between organs these . democracy strengthens , While discharging our duty we should be mindful of the Lakshman Rekha," said the Chief Justice. He lamented that decisions delivered by courts are often not implemented by government for years together leading to contempt of court petitions piling up in court, reports Bar and Bench. Such defiance by the government is overburdening Captaincy back in Dhoni lap FP NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI Ravindra Jadeja on Saturday "relinquished" his capof taincy Chennai Super Kings and handed it back to its custodian -Mahendra Singh Dhoni -- after the team squandered six out of its eight matches in the ongoing edition of Indian Premier League. Feeling the pressure like two others of his tribe – Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli – Jadeja had the luxury of leaning on his senior who, in any case, was taking a call in the field. But Jadeja did not make most of the opportunity and allowed his own form to suffer due to the pressure that comes with responsi. bility CONTD. ON P6 FP NEWS SERVICE / Mumbai Modi bats for local languages in courts Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made a strong pitch for use of local languages in courts, contending that it will increase the confidence of common citizens in the justice system and they will feel more connected to it. the court, the CJI opined. He was speaking at a joint conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The government, the CJI pointed out, is the biggest litigant in courts accounting for 56 percent of the cases. CONTD. ON P6 The Enforcement Directorate has seized Rs 5,551.27 crore of the Bengalurubased Chinese telecom firm Xiaomi Technology India, under the provisions of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). The amount was seized from four bank accounts of Xiaomi with HSBC, Citibank, IDBI and Deutsche Bank. The ED had initiated an investigation in connection with the illegal remittances made by the company in February 2022 to companies based abroad, in the guise of royalties. Xiaomi started its operations in India in 2014 and started remitting the money from 2015. Remittances made to other two US-based, unrelated entities were also for the ultimate benefit of entities of DEFAMATION CASE FILED BY CM Cong leader Ajay Singh convicted, sentenced till rising of court OUR STAFF REPORTER email@example.com Sessions and Court, Bhopal, on Saturday , convicted Congress leader Ajay Singh in a defamation case. Singh had been accused of leveling allegations scandalous against Sadhna Singh, wife of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ahead of 2013 state legislative assembly elections. Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Vidhan Maheshwari sentenced Ajay Singh "Till Rising of Court" , (TRC) for a day said district prosecution officials. Singh Shivraj CM Chouhan and his wife Sadhna Singh had filed plaint-petition on July 12, District MONEY LAUNDERING CASE Citizens', the group said it does not believe the open letter to Modi by the Constitutional Conduct Group (CCG) -- the name of the association of former bureaucrats - had "sincere motivations". They said the letter was the group's way to let out its frustration against the public opinion which remains "solidly behind Modi", and cited BJP's recent election wins. Former Sikkim High SINGH TO APPEAL Congress leader Ajay Singh, when contacted regarding judgment of trial court, said, “ I will appeal in higher court in District and Sessions Court of Bhopal.” Singh has been sentenced “Till Rising for Court(TRC)” for one day in defamation case filed by CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife Sadhna Singh. 2013 demanding Rs 1 crore for defamation and the trial court registered defamation case on October 10, 2013. DPO Rajendra Upadhyaya said, "CM had alleged that during the Congress' Parivartan Yatra Ajay Singh described Sadhna Singh as a currency note counting machine, and also held her responsible for illegal mining in the state. CONTD. ON P6 Court chief justice Permod Kohli, former foreign secretaries Kanwal Sibbal and Shashank, and former RAW chief Sanjeev Tripathi are among the eight ex-judges, 97 former bureaucrats, and 92 former armed forces officers who have signed the open letter written to Modi to counter the CCG letter signed by 108 former bureaucrats. CONTD. ON P6 Jacqueline's Rs 7cr assets attached over conman links FP NEWS SERVICE Mumbai Assets worth Rs 7.27 crore of Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez have been attached under the antimoney laundering law in connection with a criminal probe against alleged conChanSukesh man drashekhar and others, the Enforcement Directorate . said on Saturday The seizure stems from an investigation into Rs 200crore money laundering case lodged against alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. The actor’s attached assets include fixed deposits worth Rs 7.12 crore and an amount of Rs 15 lakh that was paid by Sukesh to a scriptwriter on behalf of Fernandez as advance for writing a script for her web series project. According IMD to spokesperson, it is climatologically possible that May is the hottest month; that may well be the case if temperatures top 50 degrees Celsius this summer. Heatwaves have multiple and cascading impacts not just on human health, but also on ecosystems, agriculture, water and energy supplies and key sectors of the economy . ED seizes Rs 5551.27cr assets from Xiaomi EX-BUREAUCRATS DEFEND MODI, BASH CRITICAL COLLEAGUES NEW DELHI: Days after a group of ex-civil servants wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over "politics of hate", another set of former judges and bureaucrats slammed them, alleging their letter was a political and anti-Modi-government exercise taken by them periodically to shape public opinion against the ruling dispensation. Calling itself 'Concerned most negligible western disturbances. However, most likely the average rainfall in May 2022 would be above normal. According to the World Meteorological Organization, the frequency of warm extremes over India has increased during 19512015, with accelerated warm trends during the recent 30- year period 19862015. Fernandez appeared before the ED in October 2021, when she was questioned for seven hours in the investigation against Sukesh. The silver tongue conman would speak to Fernandez on the mobile phone from jail, according to the authorities. The two, Sukesh had claimed, were in a relationship. the China-based Xiaomi Group. “The company remitted foreign currency equivalent to Rs 5,551.27 crore to three foreign-based entities which include one Xiaomi group entity in the guise of royalty Such huge amounts . in the name of royalties were remitted on the instructions of their Chinese parent group entities,” said ED in a statement. Xiaomi India is a trader and distributor of mobile phones, with an annual turnover of Rs 34,000 crore in India, under the brand name of MI. Xiaomi India procures completely manufactured mobile sets and other products from manufacturers in China. It has not availed any service from the three foreignbased entities to whom huge amounts of remittance were transferred. “Xiaomi India has not provided any technological input or software-related assistance to these contract man, Interestingly ufacturers. Xiaomi India has transferred money to the three foreign-based entities from which they have not availed any kind of service. The company remitted this amount in guise of royalty abroad which constitutes violation of the FEMA. The company also provided misleading information to the banks while remitting the money abroad,” ED statement added. `4 QUALITY AT VALUE WEATHER 41.90c. 24.40c Sunrise : 05.55 Sunset : 06.54 Power crisis: State waits for more rakes of coal RANJAN City.firstname.lastname@example.org At least three power generating stations in Madhya Pradesh were waiting for railways to augment rakes of coal to enhance the power generation in the state as per the latest update maintained by National Power Portal. The three stations are Sanjay Gandhi, Satpura and Shree Singaji thermal power plants. The stations had 5%, 12% and 14% of the actual stock of coal visà-vis normative stock. Notably, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had requested the Centre for more railway freight wagons for supply of coal. The Centre suspended hundreds of trains on Friday for speedy supply of coal across the state. Energy expert Rajendra Agrawal said the four power plants in the state including the abovementioned three and Amarkantak power plan had 2.60 lakh tones of coal. The daily need of the power plants was 80000 tonnes of coal. Thus, the reserve power coal with the power plants was for three and a half days. However, he said, the power plants were running on the present supply of the coal. Like, it was 68000 tonnes a couple of days back. According to Rajendra Agrawal, coal supply is not the only reason behind power outages or less gen- eration of power. He said one of the main reasons was that this year the heat wave was unprecedented which raised the demand of power supply by at least 20%. Another reason, he said, unlike the past two years during the pandemic this year the farmers went for a third crop too after recovering from Covid-impact. There was lockdown in the past two years. This year, there was no lockdown and restrictions at all. Hence, farmers took the opportunity to sow the third crop. Hence, they needed more power for irrigation. He said yet another reason was wrong decision taken by the power authorities who surrendered at least 1000 MW of power to Maharashtra and Gujarat in March this year while anticipating no power crisis ahead. He said imported coal had gone costlier six to eight times. Hence, the power plants mainly in coastal areas in the country which depended on imported coal shut their power stations.