FREE PRESS - VOL. 11 NO. 330 | BHOPAL | FRIDAY | MAY 13, 2022 | PAGES 14 Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023; EDITIONS: INDORE, BHOPAL, UJJAIN, MUMBAI, PUNE Bloodbath on BSE erodes Rs 5L cr of investors’ wealth WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN EDIT STALLING SEDITION LAW: BALL IS IN GOVT’S COURT FOR 24X7 UPDATES NEW DELHI Equity investors lost over Rs 5 lakh crore on Thursday as indices took a deep plunge due to the persisting high inflation in the US, below expected corporate earnings, amid fears of high inflation in India for the fourth straight month in April. Market cap of all BSE-listed firms fell by Rs 5.25 lakh crore to Rs 241.10 lakh crore against Rs 246.31 lakh crore in the previous session. The Indian indices extended their fall for the fifth straight session on Thurs. day Sensex closed at 52,930, down 1,158 points or 2.1 per , cent, whereas Nifty at 15,808 points, was down 359 points or 2.2 per cent. Adani Ports was the top loser as the stock price slipped 5.8 per cent to Rs 715. For fresh cues, investors were awaiting the April consumer price-based (CPI) inflation figure for India. It was widely expected that the inflation print would above RBI's 6 per cent upper band for the fourth straight month. The Indian rupee dived to a fresh record low of 77.63 mark, wherein a slew of factors has conspired to push the domestic currency on a . downwards trajectory "Elevated crude prices, global uncertainty amid the war in Ukraine, mounting inflation, and prospects of an aggressive monetary tightening path by the US Fed have been the major headwinds for the dosaid ," currency mestic Sugandha Sachdeva, vice president - commodity and currency research, religare broking. MP POLICE RECRUITMENT EXAM After 2 aspirants’ death, government postpones physical test till June 2 OUR STAFF REPORTER email@example.com News Brief EC announces RS polls to 57 seats Elections will be held on June 10 to fill 57 Rajya Sabha seats from 15 states, with the Akali Dal likely to lose presence in the upper house and the BJP's tally to remain below 100 after touching the milestone recently. Prominent among those retiring are Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Congress leaders Ambika Soni, Jairam Ramesh and Kapil Sibal, and BSP's Satish Chandra Misra. Heavy police force in Karedi Heavy police force has been deployed in Karedi town of Rajgarh district in Madhya Pradesh following a clash between two groups over a land dispute, in which two persons were injured, officials said on Thursday. The clash and the incident of arson took place between 6.30 pm and 7 pm on Wednesday. Campbell Wilson is AI CEO, MD Head of Singapore Airlines' low-cost carrier Scoot, Campbell Wilson, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) of Air India. Wilson has 26 years of experience in the aviation industry. Monsoon set to arrive early The Southwest Monsoon is set to arrive early with the Andaman and Nicobar Islands expected to receive first seasonal showers on May 15, the weather office said on Thursday. After the death of two aspirants in as many days, the on government state Thursday postponed the ongoing physical efficiency test for the post of constables (GD and radio) in Jabalpur till June 2 in view of scorching heat in Madhya Pradesh. State home minister Narottam Mishra made the announcement above through a tweet on Thurs. day Mishra tweeted, "The physical test of the police recruitment examination has been postponed till June 2 in view of the scorching heat." According to reports, the physical efficiency test scheduled between June 3 and June 5 will continue, whereas the candidates, CHOUHAN BLOWS BUGLE FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS ASKS PARTY leaders to expose Congress in public for its sin OUR STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org Taking a dig at the opposition Congress for, what he said, committing a sin of getting stalled the process of OBC reservation in ensuing local bodies' elections chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made an appeal to party workers on Thursday to expose Congress in public across the state. He was addressing a meeting of BJP leaders at WICKREMESINGHE MADE LANKA PM COLOMBO: Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was on Thursday sworn-in as Sri Lanka's new prime minister, days after his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned following violent protests over the worst economic crisis in the debt-ridden island nation. The 73-year-old United National Party (UNP) was appointed as the prime minister by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa after they held closed-door discussions on Wednesday. the state BJP office. State BJP president VD Sharma and general secretary (organisation) Hitanand Sharma also addressed the party leaders. Referring to the Supreme Court's order on local bodwithout elections ies' reservation and cancellation of his foreign trip, Chouhan said, "We will work to move forward by creating a history of victory with full confidence, giving justice to OBCs and all other sections of the socie." ty He said the party would give 27% tickets to the OBC members to do justice to them. CONTD. ON P6 whose physical test will be affected due to postponement, will be rescheduled from June 6. The candidates will receive the information in this regard separately soon. On Wednesday, a candidate -- Narendra Kumar Goutam, resident of Seoni district, died after finishing the 800-metre race during a physical test in Jabalpur. CONTD. ON P6 LOCAL BODIES POLLS EVMs for urban bodies, ballot for panchayat polls OUR STAFF REPORTER email@example.com Electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used in elections to urban bodies and ballot in three-tier panchayat elections as announced by state election commissioner Basant Prat. ap Singh on Thursday "It will take more than 3 months to conduct the elections of panchayats as well through EVMs, as the number of EVMs is limited. Therefore, it has been decided to conduct elections to panchayats through ballot boxes," CONTD. ON P6 ANTI-CONVERSION LAW K'taka govt takes Ordinance route SHANKAR RAJ Bengaluru Taking everyone by surprise, the Karnataka government took the ordinance route on Thursday to give effect to a renamed anti-conversion bill. It was passed in the Legislative Assembly in December last year and is pending passage in the Legislative Council, where the ruling BJP is one short of majori- . ty The Bill is aimed at preventing conversion by means of 'allurement', 'coercion', 'force', 'fraudulent means', and also 'mass conversion'. The government stand is that these instances cause disturbance of 'public order' in the state. The bill has proposed imprisonment of three to five years with a fine of Rs 25,000 for 'forced' conversion. CONTD. ON P6 Married couple re-enters wedlock to take benefit of Kanyadan Yojana FP NEWS SERVICE Bajna (Ratlam) Ratlam district witnessed a bizarre incident when a married couple and parents of a daughter availed the benefit of Mukhya Mantri Kanyadan Yojana. The couples availed the benefit of the scheme three years after they solemnised their nikah by once again entering into a nikah during the government programme to avail the benefit. As the real story came to the fore, district collector Kumar Purshottam ordered a probe into the matter by the deputy director of social justice RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 Sandhya Sharma. The matter was reported at Bajana village, situated about 48 kilometres from Ratlam district headquarters. Simran had entered into a nikah with Saddam alias Shahrukh, a resident of Sidhi Mohalla, Bajna in 2016. A year later, the couple had a daughter and as per the norms, they availed of the benefit of Ladli Laxmi Yojana on De- cember 22, 2017. So far everything was as per the norms. Meanwhile, on June 27, 2019, the couple furnished bogus information to avail the benefit of Mukhya Mantri Kanyadan Yojana. They declared themselves unmarried and once again solemnised nikah in 2019. After their nikah, the couple got Rs 48,000 in their Bank of India's Bajana account as well. Department sources claimed that the matter came to the fore when records of the number of people who had availed the benefits of state government schemes meant for the poor people and daughters were verified. CONTD. ON P6 CSK’S DECISION TO SEND SHIVAM DUBE HIGHER IN ORDER IS WELL FOR HIM Pg-12 `3 QUALITY AT VALUE WEATHER 42.40c. 28.00c Sunrise : 05.48 Sunset : 06.59 PM to launch MP INFLATION AT 8-YEAR HIGH Start-up Policy virtually today NEW DELHI CM TO release collection of success stories OUR STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch virtually Madhya Pradesh's Start-up policy and address a start. up community on Friday A start-up portal will also be launched by him, as per an official statement. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will also release a collection of success stories of selected start-ups at the Start-up Conclave2022 organised at Indore Brilliant Convention Center. He will present financial assistance cheques etc. to various start-ups and also address the conclave. CONTD. ON P6 Retail inflation soared to an eight-year high of 7.79 per cent in April mainly due to stubbornly high food prices, thus remaining above the RBI's upper tolerance level for the fourth month in a row. Inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 6.95 per cent in March this year and 4.23 per cent in April 2021. Inflation in the food basket rose to 8.38 per cent in April from 7.68 per cent in the preceding month and NO OPENING OF TAJ ROOMS HC DISMISSES PLEA, PULLS UP PETITIONER RASHMI SHARMA / Lucknow The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed the petition seeking to open 22 locked rooms inside the Taj Mahal, thereby putting at rest the attempt to rake up the "alleged history" of the monument. When the matter was taken up by a Bench of Justices DK Upadhyay and Subhash Vidyarthi, the petitioner urged the court to allow opening of the rooms of the monument in light of "freedom of information". The Bench, however, took exception to the plea, stating, ''Tomorrow you'll come and ask us to open the chambers of Hon'ble judges? Please, don't make a mockery of the PIL system." The court also pulled up Kashmiri Pandit govt employee shot dead in J&K SRINAGAR A Kashmiri Pandit government employee in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district was shot dead by militants on Thursday, police said. "An employee of the Revenue Department identified as Rahul Bhat was shot 1.96 per cent in the yearago month. In the 'oils and fats' cate, gory inflation remained at an elevated level of 17.28 per cent in April as Ukraine is one of the major sunflower oil producers in the world and India imports a major portion of the commodity from the . war-ravaged country CONTD. ON P6 and injured by militants at the Tehsil office in Budgam," a police officer said. The gunmen entered the Tehsil office in Chadoora town and shot at Bhat, a clerk, the officials said. They said Bhat, who was residing in a migrant colony at Sheikhpura in Budgam district, was shifted to a hospital here but succumbed to his injuries. "Police have launched a hunt to track down the assailants," the police official said. petitioner the who claims to be the BJP media in charge in Ayodhya district. Singh had filed a Public Interest Litigation in the high court seeking directives to constitute a factfinding committee to "look for important historical evidence" like idols and inscriptions that are believed to be hidden inside the Taj Mahal on the orders of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. CONTD. ON P6 Rajiv Kumar is new CEC NEW DELHI: Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar was on Thursday appointed as the next chief election commissioner and will oversee the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, besides various assembly polls. He will assume charge on May 15.