3 %3 3 % ()' - ,'-/( " - +.(,) !% ! # $ 3 # ! & " & 2,/*0( 2,0(1 DELIMITATION PANEL RECOMMENDS 47 SEATS FOR KASHMIR, 43 FOR JAMMU The ball has been set rolling for initiating the electoral process in Jammu and Kashmir, which is without an elected government since November 2018. The Delimitation Commission on Thursday released its final report, redrawing the electoral map of J&K and earmarking more seats for Jammu in the 90-member Assembly . The Valley, however, will still have an upper hand with 47 seats, as against Jammu's 43. In the dissolved State Assembly, Kashmir had 46 seats and Jammu 37, while the Ladakh Union Territory had 4. The erstwhile J&K state used to also have notional 24 seats for the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and a legislative council which was junked by the government at the time ! ! "! " % ! % " % ! of scrapping of J&K's special status. There will be five parliamentary constituencies, each with an equal number of 18 Assembly seats, for the first time. Another first is creation of nine seats reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (ST), 6 of them in Jignesh awarded three-month jail PM reviews heatwave situation /#,"/ /'+# ','01#/ -"' -, &2/0" 6 !& '/#" , '+.-/1 ,1 +##1',% 1/#3'#4 ./#. / 1'-,0 $-/ 14 3# + , %#+#,1 ," +-,0--, ./#. /#",#00 %-3#/,+#,1 0-2/!#0 0 '" #3#/ * . /10 -$ 1 !-2,1/6 & 3# *-%%#" ** 1'+# &'%& 1#+.#/ 12/#0 2,"#/ 1 '+. !1 -$ 1-//'" 14 3# A magisterial court in Mehsana town of Gujarat on Thursday convicted independent MLA Jignesh Mevani and nine others in a five-year-old case of holding a protest march without police permission, and sentenced them to three months of imprisonment. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate J A Parmar held Dalit leader Mevani and nine others, including NCP leader Reshma Patel, guilty of being part of an unlawful assembly under section 143 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). NIA team in Ratlam for probe SC nod for 'Jhund' on OTT 2./#+# -2/1 &2/0" 6 . 3#" 1 4 6 $-/ 1 /#*# 0# -$ +'1 & !&!& , 01 //#/ ',"' +-3'# &2," -, 1 3#/ .* 1$-/+ 1 -. 6 01 6',% 1 6 -, '%& -2/1 #* ,% , -/"#/ 4&'!& & " ./-&' '1#" '10 #5&' '1'-, .* 1$-/+ -, 1 Rlys cancels 42 passenger trains '*4 60 & 0 ! ,!#**#" . 00#,%#/ 1/ ',0 ', -/"#/ 1- ./'-/'1'0# !- * / )# +-3#+#,1 !/-00 1 !-2,1/6 1- "# * 4'1& 0&-/1 %# -$ 1 3'1 * ',.21 1 1/+ * .-4#/ .* ,10 1 , 1'-, * 1/ ,0.-/1#/ 0 '" -, &2/0" 6 -$ 1# 1/ ',0 &'*# 4'** /#+ ', ! ,!#**#" 1'** 1 -1/ 14- 4'** 6 6 # /#01-/#" 6 A 20-member team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) investigating the arrest of three persons with 12 kilograms of explosives at a checkpoint in Nimbahera block in Chittorgarh district visited Ratlam district on Thursday. Rajasthan ATS and Madhya Pradesh ATS officials also accompanied the NIA team as they visited various localities in Ratlam to investigate terrorist links in the case. All three accused who were apprehended with explosives are from Ratlam. They were arrested with 12 kg of explosives packed in two transparent bags, each containing 6 kg of explosives. Along with this, three timers, connectors, wires and bulbs were also recovered on March 31. ! ! ! ! ! # $ the Jammu region and 3 in the Valley . The commission has also recommended additional seats in the assembly for Kashmiri migrants and displaced persons from Pakistan occupied Kashmir. The Delimitation Com- mission, headed by Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, a the retired judge of Supreme Court, and Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and state election commissioner K K Sharma as its ex-officio members, held a meeting here on Thursday to finalise the delimitation order, which has been since gazetted. It treats Jammu and Kashmir as a single entity for the purpose of delimitation. No assembly constituency overlaps two districts, as all remain within the boundary of the concerned district. An official statement said the delimitation commission took extreme care in identifying the seats reserved for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, by working out the percentage of their population in each constituency. Alert in J&K after cross-border 'terror tunnel' found JAMMU: The BSF on Thursday said it has detected a cross-border tunnel along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district and claimed to have foiled the plans of Pakistan-based terrorists to disrupt the upcoming Amarnath Yatra. An alert has been sounded in the Jammu region. The 150-metres-long tunnel was detected in an area under the Chak Faquira border outpost in Samba on Wednesday evening, BSF officials said. "With the detection of this tunnel, BSF-Jammu has foiled the nefarious designs of Pakistan-based terrorists to disrupt the upcoming Amarnath yatra," BSF DIG S P S Sandhu said. HC orders transfer of ADG Jabalpur, SP Chhindwara The principal bench of the High Court, Jabalpur, has instructed the statelevel vigilance and monicommittee to toring transfer several police officials to far-flung areas for tampering with forensic evidence (DNA sample) in a rape case so that they cannot influence witnesses. The police officials include ADGP, Jabalpur Umesh Joga, zone, Chhindwara civil surgeon Shikhar Surana and Chhindwara superintendent of police Vivek Agarwal. Justice Vivek Agrawal made the observation that this court would have handed over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in view of the conduct of the police personnel but it was not possible to retry the sample. Therefore, the involvement of the CBI does not appear to be of immediate help in protecting the rights of the victim. Therefore, instead of handing over the case to the CBI, it directed that the officials concerned be transferred to far-flung areas so that they cannot influence the witnesses. Modi, Macron agree to expand strategic bilateral ties further Big terror plot busted, 4 held with explosives in Haryana Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron held extensive discussions on a range of bilateral and pressing global issues, including the raging conflict in Ukraine, the situation in the Indo-Pacific and terrorism, as the two top leaders agreed on a blueprint to work together in making the IndiaFrance strategic partnership a force for global good. Modi, who arrived here on a brief working visit from Denmark on the final leg of his three-nation European tour, held one-on-one and delegation-level talks with Macron at the Elysee Palace on Wednesday night in their first meeting after the French leader was recently re-elected in the presidential election. Modi and Macron held discussions on the entire range of bilateral issues, including cooperation in defence, space, blue economy civil , nuclear and people-to-people ties, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a press release. "Delighted, as always, to meet my friend President @EmmanuelMacron. We talked at length about bilateral as well as global issues. India and France are proud developmental partners with our partnership spread across different sectors," Modi tweeted in English and French languages along with a photograph of him and Macron hugging each other. Foiling a major terror plot, four suspected Pakistanlinked terrorists on their way to Telangana to deliver explosives were nabbed in Haryana's Karnal on Thursday and arms, ammunition and IEDs were recovered from their vehicle, senior police officials said. They were allegedly in touch with a Pakistanbased man who is involved in terror activities and who used to send locations through an app to them to deliver explosives and weapons, Superintendent of Police of Karnal Ganga Ram Punia told reporters. Director General of Haryana Police P K Agrawal said the four were arrested in a joint operation carried out early morning by police forces of Haryana and Punjab based on intelligence inputs of central agencies. Gallows for Vekariya's murderer !-2/1 ', 2/ 1 -, &2/0" 6 4 /"#" "# 1& 0#,1#,!# 1- #,'* -6 ,' 4&- +2/"#/#" 6# / -*" !-**#%# 012"#,1 /'0&+ #) /'6 -210'"# / &-20# $-/ /#(#!1',% &'0 /#* 1'-,0&'. ./-.-0 * ', # /2 /6 1&'0 6# / '1',% 1 '/ & 6 % ,%/ .# ! 0# -$ #*&' ," 3#/0# $/-+ 1 ,20+/'1' 1 (2"%# *0- !-+. /#" 1 !!20#" 1- )'01 ,' 1#//-/'01 (+ * 0 ', &'0 !/2#*16 ," * !) -$ /#+-/0# India objects to WHO claims of 4.7 mn excess deaths India has strongly refuted the World Health Organisation's use of mathematical model to calculate the number of Covid deaths, saying the "figure is totally removed from reality". Contending that the country has an "extremely robust" system of births and deaths registration, the Union health ministry in its rebuttal, called , the WHO's system of data collection "statistically unsound and scientifically questionable". In a report released today, WHO said between January 2020 and De- cember 2021, there were 4.7 million Covid deaths in India -- 10 times the official figures and almost a third of Covid deaths globally The global fig. ure, according to the report, was 15 million -- more than double the offi- cial figure of 6 million. India has recorded roughly 520,000 fatalities due to Covid in the same period."India has consistently questioned WHO's own admission that data in respect of seventeen Indian states was obtained from some websites and media reports and was used in their mathematical model," the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. "This reflects a statistically unsound and scientifically questionable methodology of data collection for making excess mortality projections in case of India," the statement added. CAA in Bengal after pandemic is over: HM Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the Citizenship Amendment Act will be implemented in Bengal once the Covid pandemic blows over. Shah, who is on a two-day visit to Bengal, said Trinamool Congress was fooling the people by suggesting that CAA will not be implemented. ‘‘I am telling you that after corona we will implement the Act. CAA was a reality is a reality and will , remain one. Nothing has changed," he added. Passed by Parliament in 2019, the CAA allows nonMuslim minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan — Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian — to acquire SC seeks Centre's stand by Monday The Supreme Court has fixed on Tuesday the final hearing on the matter of constitutionality of referring the sedition law to a larger Bench of five or seven judges. It has, accordingly asked the Centre to file its , affidavit latest by Monday . "Both sides have to file their written submissions by Saturday while the Centre needs to file its counter affidavit on merit by Monday a three-judge Bench ," headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana said. Two other judges on the Bench were Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for one of the petitioners, told the court that the sedition law must go since it is contrary to the idea of free India as every day a journalist or somebody else is sent to jail. The law pertaining to Section 124-A of the IPC is unconstitutional, he added. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, sought an adjournment of the hearing since the draft response on sedition law has been prepared by the lawyers and it requires approval by the competent authority He said the . government is taking a holistic view of the law. The Supreme Court said it will hear the matter on Tuesday as to whether the petitions against the constitutionality of sedition law be referred to a larger Bench. Mehta said: "I am conscious we (the Central government) were directed to file a reply on the sedition issue and there were two reasons why we didn't file . the reply "We are waiting for an approval of the competent au, ," thority that's why the delay he said, without elaborating which is the competent authority . On the Bench asking whether the sedition law should be diluted, Attorney General K K Venugopal said: Indian citizenship in order to escape persecution in their native countries. Under the Act, people from these communities who came to India before December 31, 2014, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship. West Bengal was one of the states that passed a resolution against the CAA. Countering Shah, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asserted that if a section of people are not voters of the state then how they voted in the recently concluded election. After social media post welcomes back rape accused, bail cancelled NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday cancelled the bail of a students' leader -- accused in a rape of a friend on false promise of marriage -- after pictures surfaced on social media welcoming him with captions like "Bhaiyaa is Back". A bench, headed by Chief Justice N.V Ramana and . comprising Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli, citing social media posts, said: "They amplify the celebratory mood of the respondent No.2 and his supporters on his having been released from detention in less than two months of being taken into custody for a grave offence that entails sentence of not less than ten years that may even extend to life." The complainant's counsel argued that the accused bail order deserves to be set aside, as after his release photographs appeared on the social media with his snapshots prominently displayed on posters in the forefront with the faces of some influential persons of the society , welcoming him with captions like "Bhaiyaa is back", "Back to Bhaiyaa", and "Welcome to Role Janeman".