FREE PRESS - VOL. XXXVIII NO. 360 | INDORE | WEDNESDAY | JUNE 8, 2022 | PAGES 14 WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN RNI No. 38281/83 Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023; EDITIONS: INDORE, BHOPAL, UJJAIN, MUMBAI, PUNE EDIT CHANNEL DEBATES, NOT GLADIATOR FIGHTS FOR 24X7 UPDATES BREAKING TABOOS... Pg-14 `3 QUALITY AT VALUE WEATHER 40.70c. 26.00c Sunrise : 05.41 Sunset : 07.10 MP may get 6 cheetahs from SA by August NEW DELHI India is all set to introduce cheetahs South from Africa in a wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh by August as part of attempts to rehabilitate the species that had become extinct from the country . A top environment ministry official said a special 10 sq km enclosure for cheetahs has been readied at the Kuno-Palpur National Park in Madhya Pradesh and would soon be home to at least six cheetahs that would be brought here from South Africa. "The agreement with South Africa is in place and is being vetted by the legal cell," he said. Talks were also on with Namibia for introducing cheetahs from there in India, but have hit a roadblock over certain issues related to hunting. "We plan to introduce 8-10 cheetahs every year and take the number to 50 over a five-year period," he said. A team from South Africa is visiting Kuno Palpur next week to examine the arrangements made for the cheetahs. Discussions to bring the cheetah back to India were initiated in 2009 by the Wildlife Trust of India. Cheetah is the only large carnivore that got completely out wiped from India, mainly due to over-hunting and habitat loss. The Supreme Court had appointed an expert panel, which approved Kuno Palpur as the possible location for cheetah relocation. Serving, retired 3-star officers can be CDS FOR TOP MILITARY POST, GOVT WIDENS SELECTION POOL News Brief Arab Parliament attacks remarks The Cairo-based Arab Parliament has strongly condemned and rejected the "irresponsible remarks" made by two former spokespersons of the BJP in India against Prophet Muhammad. In a statement issued on Monday, the Arab Parliament said that "such statements completely contradict the principle of tolerance and interfaith dialogue", which "leads to a state of tension and hatred between religions. Sonia unlikely to appear before ED Congress president Sonia Gandhi (75), who tested positive for Covid-19 five days ago, is unlikely to appear before the ED for questioning on alleged money laundering in the National Herald case and may seek another date citing her health condition. Party sources said she has not recovered from the virus infection and is yet to test negative. THIS ESSENTIALLY opens doors for the second-highest active rank officers of the tri-Services to possibly supersede their seniors to take on the role OUR BUREAU / New Delhi The Union Ministry of Defence has issued a notification seeking to broaden the scope of appointing eligible officers for the post of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). As per the notification, the new CDS could be anyone from among the three Services chiefs or any serving 3-star officer or any retired chief or retired 3-star officer who is below the age of 62. Thus in the widened pool or serving any retired Lieutenant General, Air Marshal and Vice Admiral under the age of 62 years will be eligible for the post. This essentially opens the doors for the secondhighest active rank officers of the tri-services to possibly supersede their seniors , -- the chief of the army air force, or navy -- to assume the role of the CDS. The notification further says that the government may extend the service of the Chief of Defence Staff for such a period as it may deem necessary subject to a , maximum age of 65 years. The tenure of three Services chiefs is three years of service or when they turn 62, whichever is earlier. General Bipin Rawat had retired as Army Chief and was then elevated as India's first CDS. He was, therefore, older than the Services chiefs and outranked them when he was appointed CDS. The post of CDS has been lying vacant since the death of General Rawat in a chopper crash. The CDS has a mandate to bring convergence in the functioning of , the Army the Navy and the Indian Air Force and bolster the country's overall military prowess. Cong will have to vacate HQ The Urban Development Ministry will soon put the Congress on notice to vacate the government bungalow at 24, Akbar Road, it has been occupying for the past 44 years since the Congress split in 1969. The faction headed by Indira Gandhi moved to this bungalow, with Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma midnight swoop of bringing a truck load of files from the party headquarters at 7 Janar Mantar Road, a property of the Sardar Patel Memorial Trust. 8 of family killed in road mishap Eight members of a family, including two minors, were killed and one injured in a collision between an SUV and a trailer in Rajasthan's Barmer district, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place around 11.55 pm on Friday near the mega highway under Guda Malani police station area. Swapna names Kerala CM, his wife in gold smuggling case K RAVEENDRAN Thiruvananthapuram Swapna Suresh, the central character in the scam involving gold smuggling through diplomatic channel, dropped a bombshell by levelling serious money laundering charges against chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, wife Kamala and daughter Veena, along with M Sivasankar and other senior officials. In a secret deposition made voluntarily before the Kochi district court, she said a bag of currencies was carried by a diplomat during the chief minister's visit to the UAE in 2016 for being handed . over to the CM's tour party The baggage transfer was arranged by the consulate following a request from the chief minister's office, and specifically by his then prin- M secretary cipal Sivasankar to the effect that bag has to be rushed to , Dubai immediately she claimed. Swapna Suresh also told the court that heavy biriyani vessels used to be sent from the consulate to Cliff House, the official residence of the chief minister. The vessels contained heavy contents, such as metal she said. CONTD. ON P6 Common charger for all electronic gadgets! OUR BUREAU / New Delhi The European countries and EY lawmakers on Tuesday agreed to a single mobile charging port, rejecting opposition from iPhone maker Apple. The buyer need not purchase charger along with the electronic gadgets as a single charger will work on all gadgets. "By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the EU," the European Parliament said in a statement. The plan, which the European Commission unveiled last year, was provisionally approved Tuesday and will save consumers an estimated 250 million euros ($267 million) each year. The European Parliament and 27 EU countries need to sign off on the agreement. Phones and tablet makers will have to comply by the fall of 2024. “A common charger is common sense for the many electronic devices on our daily lives," Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said in a statement. “European con- sumers will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics -- an important step to increase convenience and reduce waste." The proposal originally angered Apple, which said it would reduce innovation. But the company is currently testing future iPhone models that replace the current Lightning charging port with the more prevalent USB-C connector. The proposal for a single mobile charging port was first broached by the European Commission more than a decade ago after iPhone and Android users complained about having to use different chargers for their phones. CONTD. ON P6 Tourists evacuated after tiger goes missing from enclosure BHOPAL: Tourists were evacuated from Van Vihar National Park in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal city, after a tiger went missing from an enclosure at the facility on Tuesday, an official said. The big cat named Shaurya, aged six to seven years old, had been out of the enclosure for about six hours and was rescued after being tranqulised, the official said. On getting information that the tiger had gone missing from the enclosure, tourists were safely evacuated from the Van Vihar campus around 10 am, Van Vihar's director H C Gupta said in a statement. Teams were deployed at different places to prevent the tiger from venturing out of the national park, he said. After closing both the entrances of Van Vihar, the search operation was started and later one of the teams found the big cat sleeping under a tree in the enclosure of swamp deer, Gupta said. The national park's veterinarian Dr Atul Gupta and a team tranquilised the tiger and sent him back to his enclosure, he said. Al-QAEDA MP wheat is free from rubella, BLOW-UP says agriculture director THREAT NHM SAYS rubella is FP DESK New Delhi Terrorist organisation Al Qaeda has issued a threat saying that they are ready to blow themselves up in Gujarat, UP, Bombay and Delhi to “fight for the dignity of our Prophet". The statement said, “Saffron terrorists should now await their end in Delhi and Bombay and in UP and Gujarat". “They shall find refuge neither in their homes nor in their fortified army cantonments. May our mothers be bereaved of us if we do not avenge our beloved Prophet!" CONTD. ON P6 congenital disease passes on through mother to child OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal about uproar Amidst rubella virus in wheat, agriculture department of Madhya Pradesh has come out with clear cut stand that Pradesh Madhya wheat is free from rubella virus. Similarly, National Health Mission (NHM) administration clarifies that Rubella virus is congenital disease. It is not soil borne so there is no question arises in rubella in wheat. Re- cently, foreign countries have rejected the Indian wheat on ground of rubella virus infections. National Health Mission (NHM) Director Dr Santosh Shukla said, "Rubella virus is congenital disease which passes through child through mother. It is not soil borne disease. Rubella, also known as German measles, is a viral infection that causes a rash and symptoms. other There is no specific treatment for rubella but the disease is preventable by vaccination." Director Agriculture Priti Maithil said, "Madhya Pradesh wheat is safe from rubella. No case has been reported in any part of the state. We have taken feedback from various parts of the state but none of the part reported it. So traders as well as farmers should not be in tension on wheat. We are constantly monitoring the situation." Former director Agriculture Dr GS Kausal said, "This development has made exporters anxious about the future of other wheat shipments headed to different nations in the next few days. Following the rejection over Rubella disease concerns, the demand for Indian wheat may be affected interna. tionally This could trigger the prices of wheat to reduce in the country and abroad."