FREE PRESS - VOL. XXXVIII NO. 325 | INDORE | WEDNESDAY | MAY 4, 2022 | PAGES 14 WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN RNI No. 38281/83 Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023; EDITIONS: INDORE, BHOPAL, UJJAIN, MUMBAI, PUNE FOR 24X7 UPDATES EDIT HEAR ME OUT Pg-14 PUBLIC HEALTH OR PRIVATE CHOICE? `3 QUALITY AT VALUE WEATHER 40.40c. 24.60c Sunrise : 05.53 Sunset : 06.55 MP TO HAVE FIRST CYBER SAKHIS IN HARDA TO FIGHT against faceless criminals RANJAN email@example.com In the backdrop of a sharp rise in cyber crimes across the country in the past few years, Madhya Pradesh will have its first cyber sakhis in Harda district who will not only fight against cyber criminals but also educate others as master trainers on how to shield oneself against faceless criminals who may be operating from any part of the country or world, as per officials. As many as 1480 girls and women including Rewa (another name of river Narmada) sakhis and Anganwadi workers living in rural part of Harda would be trained by State Cyber police headquarters and CSA survivor Pooja Bajaj virtually on May 4 with an initiative taken by the district administration, Harda, SP, Cyber crime, Vaibhav Srivastav said. He said, the training would begin with a speech by state cyber police additional director general (ADG) Yogesh Deshmukh and collector , and SP Harda Rishi Garg and Manish Agrawal. “So far state cyber police reached out to people virtually or visiting various areas of the state to educate people from various fields on do’s and don’ts but this is the first time state cyber police is going to train private persons and make them master trainers”, said the SP. Harda Collector, Rishi Garg said, “When I assumed office in Harda I wanted to do something innovative. I saw here alarming number of cyber crimes with girls and women being the victims. I thought why not empower women with such a training as we celebrate ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.” Garg said in Harda district two girls were made Rewa Sakhis from each village who had been working for the past two years in prevention of crime against girl/women, child marriage, malnutrition etc. He said these master trainers would prevent the increasing effect of cyber crime when the evils of internet were increasing very fast in village to village and even children were getting affected. Girls were blackmailed by converting their photos from WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and other networking sites. CONTD. ON P6 AFTER KARAULI, IT IS JODHPUR News Brief CURFEW IN 10 AREAS, NET SUSPENDED Govind Singh is Leader of Oppn Senior Congress leader Dr Govind Singh has replaced Kamal Nath as leader of the Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, an official said on Tuesday. Former MP chief minister and Congress veteran Kamal Nath last week resigned from the post of LoP as per the party's 'one person-one post' policy. Later, seven-time MLA Govind Singh was appointed leader of the Congress Legislature Party in the state. MANISH GODHA Jaipur Honorarium for temple priests Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday announced honorarium of Rs 5000 per month to priests of temples having no land. Addressing a gathering after unveiling a 21-foot tall metal statue of Bhagwan Parshuram in a programme named 'Akshayotsava' at Bhopal's Gufa Mandir premises, the CM said lessons on Parshuram would be included in the school curriculum. Raj Thackeray booked over speech The Aurangabad police on Tuesday registered a case against MNS chief Raj Thackeray, days after he called for "silencing" loudspeakers atop mosques from May 4, an official said. Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Director General of Police Rajnish Seth said Aurangabad police commissioner will take appropriate legal action against Thackeray over his speech against loudspeakers on mosques. Trains: Noise bar After 10 pm The Railway Ministry has issued new rules to ensure there is no noise in passenger coaches after 10 PM; it has accordingly prohibited people from talking at a high pitch or listening to loud music, thereby disturbing the sleep of others. The new rules also require passengers to switch off the lights after 10 PM. The railway staff has been asked to take action against those violating these rules. The ministry issued these guidelines in view of complaints that people sit in groups and talk loudly or sing bhjans during night journey. Exactly one month after the Karauli violence, communal clashes erupted in Jodhpur on Monday late at night and on Tuesday morning with incidents of stone-pelting and vandalising of vehicles being reported. The Minister of state for home affairs said that 53 people have been arrested in connection with the violence. 14 people are injured and three of them, including one police personnel, are admitted to the hospital. Looking at the situation, the administration imposed curfew in 10 pockets and suspended internet services. It all started on Mon- Police lathi charge protesters after clashes broke out in Jalori Gate area of Jodhpur on Tuesday PTI day night in the Jalori Gate area after an argument between two communities over putting up of an Islamic flag at Balmukand Bissa circle. The argument soon escalated into a violent clash, following which police arrived at the spot and had to use tear gas to disperse the crowd. Director Additional KHARGONE PEACEFUL General of Police Hawa Singh Ghumaria said there was a dispute over removal of a flag which the local Muslim community puts up every year on the occasion of Eid. Incidentally, an Eidgah is located where the tension first erupted; the main Eid prayers are offered in this shrine. CONTD. ON P6 Situation remained peaceful in violence-hit Khargone town on Tuesday as both Hindu and Muslim community members celebrated Akshay Tritiya and Eid-ul-Fitra at their places respectively. Entire town acknowledge administration move of curfew for entire day and PG-4 lend their support. PM calls for ceasefire as Danish PM says hope India influences Russia to end war One confirmed case of XE variant detected in India: INSACOG NEW DELHI civilians and humaniin crisis tarian Prime Minister Narendra Ukraine." She said that Modi on Tuesday again killings of civilians in appealed to Russia and deeply are Bucha Ukraine to have an immeshocking. Both the diate ceasefire and to take Prime Ministers conthe path of dialogue as demned these killings his Danish counterpart and and stressed the Mette Frederiksen hoped PM Narendra Modi and PM of Denmark need for an independthat India will influence ent investigation. Mette Frederiksen at joint press Russia to stop the crisis. Frederiksen said that The appeal was made statement, at Copenhagen in Denmark PTI Denmark and the entake path of dialogue and by Modi, while making a Union European tire diplomacy to resolve the isstatement following talks strongly condemn Russia's sue," he said. with the Danish Prime unlawful and unprovoked Frederiksen said that as Minister in Copenhagen, invasion of Ukraine. India is close partner, she where he reached on the "My message is very clear and Modi discussed war in second leg of his three-na(Russian President Vladimir) Ukraine. "We discussed tion European tour. Putin has to stop this war and consequences of horrible "We call for an immediate end the killings," she said. crimes committed against ceasefire in Ukraine and CONTD. ON P6 EID TIME IS FUN TIME US apex court likely to overturn legal abortion WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court could be poised to overturn a landmark judgement that legalized abortion nationwide. A draft legal opinion, which was leaked, reveals a majority of the court's nine judges are in agreement on the issue which would be enough to force a change in the law - though their decision is not final until the ruling is officially published. The leaked opinion was released by ‘Politico.’ CONTD. ON P6 Clad in new dresses, rush out of Sadar Bazaar Eidgah after offering Namaz-e-Eid in Indore on Tuesday NEW DELHI: One confirmed case of the XE Covid variant has been detected in India, according to the latest bulletin of the Indian SARSCoV2 Genomics Sequencing Consortium (INSACOG). However, the location of this variant was not identified in the bulletin for April . 25 released on Tuesday "As compared to the previous week, 12 states have shown an increase in cases, while 19 states have shown a decline," said the bulletin said. It said that suspected recombinant sequences are under further analysis. "BA.2.10 and BA.2.12 are BA.2 sub-lineages that have been detected and many old BA.2 sequences have been reclassified into these new sub-lineages. So far these sub-lineages are not reported to be associated with increased severity of disease," the bulletin said, adding that so far there are no reports of XE clusters across India. Also in an April 18 bulletin, the INSACOG had mentioned one XE variant . case in the country The INSACOG reports geof surveillance nomic SARS-CoV-2 across the country through sequencing of samples from Sentinel sites and International passengers arriving in India. As per the latest bulletin, INSACOG has sequenced total 2,43,957 samples. E-VISA VERIFICATION FACILITY Passengers forced to return as MHA dithers on notification Biometric machines already installed MANISH UPADHYAY/Indore Passengers who are landing with electronic visa (e-visa) at the Devi Ahilyabai Holkar airport are being sent back as the airport does not have facility of e-visa verification, causing untold misery to the passengers for no fault of their own. The irony is that the machines necessary for e-visa verification were put in place five months back, but the facility Biometric verification facility is ready at Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport Right after starting of the Indore-Dubai flight, I wrote to MHA to provide e-visa facility at the city airport. Accordingly, the facility has been made available here. Now , I am writing to MHA again to issue a notification necessary for starting the e-visa verification facility here. SHANKAR LALWANI, Member of Parliament. has not started because the Union ministry of home affairs has not issued the necessary notification! According to official sources at least half a dozen passengers have been sent back after they landed with e-visas in the Dubai flight. An official who did not want to be identified said, "With Air India starting an inflight ternational the Dubai, from Union home ministry decided to provide facility of e-visa verification available at the airport. CONTD. ON P6 ‘India will not hesitate to strike back in case of a terror attack’ SHANKAR RAJ Bengaluru Asserting that India will not hesitate to strike back in case of a terror attack, Union home minister Amit Shah Tuesday said India has joined the likes of the US and Israel in using this deterrent as a strategy The . surgical strikes carried out in the wake of the terrorist attack in Pulwama is just an example. He hauled the Congress over the coals for its pussyfoot response whenever a terror attack took place. Congress the Under regime, India used to only issue statements whenever terror attacks were carried out by Pakistan-backed extremists. That is now the past and things have changed under the Narendra Modi government, he said. "Earlier only two nations, the United States of America and Israel, used whenever retaliate to someone meddled with their borders and military. Now due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, our great nation India has joined that group," Shah said after inaugurating various projects including the Nrupathunga University, its academic block and various other projects. CONTD. ON P6 Bajrang Dal activists lynch 2 tribals over cow slaughter suspicion OUR STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org Two tribals men were beaten to death while another was seriously injured allegedly by Bajrang dal members on suspicion of cow slaughter under Kurai police station of Seoni, said the police on . Tuesday Five of the accused had been arrested till the reports last came in. Enraged over the incident, tribals blocked Jahighway balpur-Nagpur demanding action against the accused and justice to the family of deceased and injured. SDOP Sashikant Saryam said, "Sampat Batti of Sagar village and Dhanshah of Simaria village were sitting in the house of one Atarlal Batti in Simaria village when a group around 20 Bajrang Dal members attacked them. The assault took place between 2:30am and ." 3am on Monday The SDoP said the group started beating the two . men mercilessly Villager Brajesh Batti, who reached the spot after hearing the commotion, too was not spared. Saryam said that in the past Sampat was caught selling beef (cow meat) and the Bajrang Dal members had come to know that the duo was again indulging in the same practice. "The members informed the police that they had nabbed two men selling beef and asked them to come and arrest them," said the SDoP and added that the police team that reached the spot found the trio unconscious. CONTD. ON P6 US state issues citation on Sikh independence Indian WASHINGTON: Americans have expressed outrage over a citation issued by the general assembly of the US state of Connecticut recognising an anniversary of the so-called "declaration of Sikh independence". In the "official citation" dated April 29, the Connecticut general assembly congratulated the pro-Khalistan organisation World Sikh Parliament "in recognition of the 36th anniversary of the declaration of Sikh independence". "This initiative is from a few fringe elements who have no interest in the state of Connecticut, but promoting their own personal divisive agenda," said Thomas Abraham, chairman of the influential Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO). "Indian American community in Connecticut consists of Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis. All these communities live together as one Indian community and Connecticut state has no business to comment on issues pertaining to local issues in Pehchaan Kaun! OUR BUREAU NEW DELHI At a time the nation is grappling with myriad problems like unemployment and rising prices, the BJP’s national social media department head Amit Malviya latched onto a video of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi enjoying himself in a nightclub in Nepal, with a caustic tweet saying that the indulgence has come ‘‘at a time when the party is exploding." “Rahul Gandhi was at a nightclub when Mumbai is under siege. He is at a nightclub at a time when his party is exploding. He is consistent,” Malviya tweeted. India or supporting fringe elements to promote their divisive agenda," Abraham said. GOPIO has written to Connecticut State Senators and Assembly Representatives who introduced this citation to dissociate themselves from it. "There are 20 million Sikhs living peacefully with all other communities all over India and this citation goes against the integrity of India," said Ashok Nichani, president of Connecticut chapter of GOPIO. CONTD. ON P6 Seer detained in Agra, wanted to offer prayers at Taj Mahal AGRA Congress general secretary and chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala hit back, saying Rahul was in a friendly country to attend the marriage function of a journalist friend and that is not a crime. Also, he has not gone there uninvited, it was pointed out. The matter may have petered out but the Congress spokes-person couldn’t refrain from making a needless comparison. In a statement, Surjewala said: CONTD. ON P6 A seer from Ayodhya Jagat Guru Paramhans Das was stopped by police in Agra . on Tuesday He had announced that he would visit the Taj Mahal, to perform 'shudhikaran' with mantras on Akshaya Tritiya. The seer was earlier denied entry on April 26 at the Taj Mahal for trying to enter the premises with a 'brahmdanda' (a wooden stick carried by Hindu seers). Agitated with police action, the seer has said that while members of other communities are allowed inside, he was stopped because he was wearing saffron clothes. "Why was I invited if they had to insult me," he had said.