FREE PRESS - VOL. 11 NO. 361 | BHOPAL | MONDAY | JUNE 13, 2022 | PAGES 12 WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023; EDIT CONGRESS WOES MOUNT, BJP MAKES A POINT HOUSE OF JNU STUDENT LEADER’S FATHER RAZED RASHMI SHARMA Lucknow ‘ED notice to Gandhis vendetta’ Accusing the BJP of indulging in vendetta politics, Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh on Sunday said party leader Rahul Gandhi will appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Delhi on Monday morning in connection with an alleged money laundering case. The ED had issued summons to Rahul Gandhi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the money laundering case linked to the National HeraldAssociated Journals Ltd deal. President on K’taka, Goa vist President Ram Nath Kovind will embark on a three-day visit to Karnataka and Goa starting June 13 to 15. The President will take part in various events during his three-day visit. Notably, President Kovind's tenure at the office will come to an end on July 24. The 16th Presidential election will be held on July 18. 2 soldiers hurt in landmine blast Two Army personnel were injured on Sunday in a landmine explosion near the Line of Control (LOC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The landmine, part of an anti-infiltration obstacle system, went off when the soldiers were busy extinguishing a forest fire in Balakote area, they said. The injured personnel were taken to a hospital, they said. 3 LeT terrorists shot dead Three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists were killed in an overnight encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said on Sunday. With this, the number of terrorists killed in the valley so far this year has risen to 99. Adhikari stopped from visiting High drama was witnessed at Tamluk in Purba Medinipur district on Sunday afternoon as West Bengal Leader of Opposition (LoP) Suvendu Adhikari was prevented by police from visiting violencehit areas in Howrah. 21 booked for casteist slurs Dalit groom's pre-wedding procession Kota (Raj), Jun 12 (PTI) Twenty-one people have been booked here for allegedly hurling casteist slurs against the members of a Dalit man's pre-wedding procession and creating a ruckus during the ceremony, police said on Sunday. MOB ATTACKS train in WB A 23-year-old woman, who has accused Rajasthan minister Mahesh Joshi's son Rohit Joshi of raping her, was allegedly attacked with blue ink near Kalindi Kunj Road in southeast Delhi, police said on Sunday . The attack took place on Saturday when the woman and her mother came to Delhi from Jaipur for some work, they said, adding that an FIR has been registered. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) Esha Pandey said a PCR call was received after some miscreants threw a liquid on a . woman and ran away A preliminary enquiry revealed it was a blue liquid and looked like ink, the police said. The victim gave a statement, saying she was walking with her mother near Kalindi Kunj Road on Sat- BETHUADAHARI: A group of people attacked and damaged a local train at Bethuadahari railway station in West Bengal's Nadia district on Sunday evening, a police officer said. It was not immediately known whether there was any casualty. The group was protesting against controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad. Bulldozer being used to demolish the 'illegally constructed' residence of Javed Ahmed in Prayagraj on Sunday PTI PROHIBITORY ORDERS in Cachar and Karimganj HIGH TIME PM BREAKS SILENCE: THAROOR NEW DELHI: Amid outrage over the controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad by the BJP's now-sacked two functionaries, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said it is high time Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his silence on the "proliferation of hate speech and Islamophobic incidents" in the country, asserting that his silence is interpreted by some as condoning what has been happening. In an interview with PTI, Tharoor said the irony is that in recent years the Indian government has taken "impressive steps" to strengthen relations with Islamic countries, but that now is at risk of being "seriously undermined". PG-7 the prayers. According police, to Imam Maulana Ali Ahmad Ink attack on woman who accused Rajasthan minister’s son of rape NEW DELHI 40.80c. 26.80c DCW issues notice over attack on woman who accused Raj Minister's son of rape The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Sunday issued a notice to the Delhi Police in connection to an attack on the 23-year-old woman who has accused Rajasthan Cabinet Minister Mahesh Joshi's son of rape. On Saturday night, the woman was walking with her mother near the Kalindi Kunj Road when two unknown persons approached her and threw a blue liquid on her face, according to the police. She was immediately taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre. urday when two people in an auto-rickshaw threw something at her and fled. The woman was thoroughly examined at the AIIMS Trauma Centre, Pandey said. CONTD. ON P6 was among those who incited the people to go on rampage. CONTD. ON P6 Sunrise : 05.41 Sunset : 07.11 PASSIONATE FOR SOCIALLY STRONG MESSAGES Pg-12 PROPHET ROW: Illegal guns found in Prayagraj house before razing News Brief WEATHER EDITIONS: INDORE, BHOPAL, UJJAIN, MUMBAI, PUNE FOR 24X7 UPDATES Bulldozers commissioned by the Yogi Government, to settle scores with vandals who damaged public property in the recent protests over the remarks on the Prophet -- were out in the streets for the second day . If it was Saharanpur on Saturday, on Monday, they rolled down in Prayagraj under heavy police cover and demolished the home of a local politician accused of masterminding . the clashes on Friday Video footage showed the razing of the house of Javed, who also happens to be the father of JNU student Afreen Fatima and the president of Welfare Party of India. Afreen was active in the Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA protests in Delhi. The Prayagraj police also arrested the Imam of Atala mosque, Maulana Ali Ahmad, in connection with the recent violence. It is alleged that the trouble in the city started after a signal emanated from the Atala mosque on Friday after `3 QUALITY AT VALUE RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 GUWAHATI: Prohibitory order under Section 144 of CrPC has been promulgated in Cachar and Karimgamj districts of Assam and all processions and rallies have been banned in the two districts, an official said. Cachar district administration on Sunday promulgated various restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC, while neighbouring Karimganj issued a similar order on Friday. MP to come up with policy document for child labour eradication BHOPAL Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said that the state government will be documenting a policy for the removal of child labour and begging from all the cities of the state. While addressing a gathering on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour, Chouhan said, "Child development is such an issue that both government and society need to come together and work. There are people in society who tries to mislead the younger generation and indulge them in illegal activities like the consumption of drugs, etc. We should try to prevent such things for the betterment of the younger generation". "We won't let children beg in any of the cities of the state. Every child has the immense capability There . shouldn't be child labour," Chouhan said. He further said, "We will further work on a policy document regarding it." World Day Against Child Labour was adopted on June 12 in 2002 by the United Nations body, International Labour Organisation. CONTD. ON P6 496 panchayats settle for monetary incentives to elect office-bearers unopposed BHOPAL Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhans offer to elect gram panchayat representatives unopposed and get monetary rewards ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 15 lakh during the ongoing threetire panchayat elections has received good response from the people of the state. As many as 496 gram panchayats across the state have so far elected their unoprepresentatives posed. Up to 75 per cent have elected women for the post of Sarpanch or for the entire panchayat panel (including Sarpanchs and Panchs), as per the data provided by the State Election Commission (SEC). Officials said that this number will go up in the coming days which can be Narmadapuram district is on the top of the list with 36 gram panchayats, Sagar with 35 at least around 1,000-1,500 by the end of the polls. In total, there are 23,012 gram panchayats across 52 districts of the state, out of them elections would be held to elect the representatives of 22,921 panchayats as the tenure of the remaining 91 panchayats will end by November. Narmadapuram Hoshangabad) district is on the top of the list where 36 gram panchayats elected their representatives unopposed; Sagar district stood second with 35 gram panchayats electing their representatives unopposed. CONTD. ON P6 The gram panchayats that elect their representative unopposed would be considered as 'Samras Panchayats' and will be given special incentives. Rs 5 Lakh: If a sarpanch is elected by consensus If the entire panchayat is elected unopposed Rs 7 lakh: Rs 12 lakh: if a woman representative gets elected unopposed Rs 15 Lakh: If women are elected unopposed to all the posts (Sarpanch and Panchs) 8 cops suspended for lapse in Yogi's security India logs over 8K Covid cases for 2nd straight day Eight police personnel including an Inspector and a Sub-Inspector were suspended after a lapse in security of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a senior . officer said on Sunday The lapse occurred on Friday when Adityanath was on his way to welcome BJP national president J P Nadda at Gorakhpur Airport. Taking serious note of the incident, Gorakhpur SSP Vipin Tada suspended eight . personnel on Saturday On Friday around 11.28 am, when the CM was going to Gorakhpur Airport to receive the BJP national President with his fleet, many vehicles coming from Kusmahi road had come in front of it. Tada ordered a probe into the matter and suspended the police personnel on the basis of the findings. Nadda on Friday had come to Gorakhpur to inaugurate a newly-constructed building of BJP zonal office. India on Sunday reported 8,582 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours, an increase against the 8,329 infections registered the pre, vious day the Union Health Ministry said. In the same period, the country reported four new Covid fatalities, taking the nationwide death toll to 5,24,761. Meanwhile, the active caseload also increased to 44,513, accounting for 0.10 per cent of the country's total positive cases. The recovery of 4,435 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative number to 4,26,52,743. Consequently, India's recovery rate stands at 98.68 per cent. While the daily positivity rate rose to 2.71 per cent, the weekly positivity rate stood at 2.02 per cent. Also in the same period, a total of 3,16,179 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 85.48 crore. CONTD. ON P6 AGENCIES New Delhi AGENCIES Gorakhpur Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande and others during their visit to offer prayers at the Kedarnath Temple, in Rudraprayag district, on Sunday PTI India achieved new milestones in gram swaraj: PM NEW DELHI Asserting that India has attained new milestones in 'gram swaraj' and democratic empowerment of panchayats in the last eight years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged sarpanches to make efforts for saturation coverage of welfare schemes, conserving water and making the upcoming Yoga Day special. In a letter to sarpanches (village heads) days after his government marked its eighth anniversary, Modi listed several issues on which he sought their support while appreciating their contribution in the last eight years. He asked them to work to make the eighth Interna- , tional Yoga Day which falls on July 21, special and to encourage everyone in their village to join the exercise. They can select an ancient or tourist place or a place near a water body in their area for everyone in the village to do yoga on the , day he said, urging them to share pictures to inspire others. CONTD. ON P6 IAF PLANS TO MAKE 96 FIGHTER JETS Sonia urges Mamata to woo NEW DELHI Amid a big push for the Bharat Aatmanirbhar scheme by the PM Narendra Modi-led government, the Indian Air Force is planning to acquire 114 fighter jets of which 96 would be built in India, and rest 18 would be imported from the foreign vendor chosen for the project. The Indian Air Force has plans of acquiring 114 Mul- tirole Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) under 'Buy Global and Make in India' scheme under which Indian companies would be allowed to partner with a foreign vendor. "Recently, the Indian Air Force held meetings with the foreign vendors and asked them about the way they would carry out the Make in India project," government sources told ANI. As per the plan, after the initial 18 aircraft are imported, the next 36 aircraft would be manufactured within the country and the payments would be made partially in foreign curren- , cy and Indian currency the sources said. The last 60 aircraft would be the main responsibility of the Indian partner and the government would make payments only in Indian currency, the sources said. The payment in Indian currency would help the vendors to achieve the over 60 per cent 'Make-in-India' content in the project, the sources said. CONTD. ON P6 Why are EVMs not used for presidential poll? AGENCIES New Delhi Ever wondered why electronic voting machines, used in four Lok Sabha elections and 127 assembly polls since 2004, are not deployed in polls to elect the President and Vice President of India, members of the Rajya Sabha, and members of state legislative councils? The EVMs are based on a technology where they work as aggregator of votes in direct elections such as the Lok Sabha and state assemblies. Voters press the button against the name of the candidate of their choice and the one who bags the maximum number of votes is declared elected. But the election of the President is held in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of single transferable vote. In accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of single transferable vote, every elector can mark as many preferences, as there are candidates contesting the election. These preferences for the candidates are to be marked by the elector, by placing the figures 1,2,3, 4, 5 and so on, against the names of the candidates, in the order of preference, in the space provided in column 2 of the ballot paper. The EVMs, officials explained, are not designed to register this system of voting. The EVM is an aggregator of votes and under the system of proportional represen- tation, the machine will have to compute votes based on preference and it requires an altogether dif. ferent technology In other words, a different type of EVM would be needed. According to the August, 2021 issue of 'My Vote Matters', a quarterly magazine of the Election Commission, since 2004, EVMs have been used in four Lok Sabha and 127 assembly elections. According to the EC website, first conceived in 1977 in the Election Commission, the Electronics Corporation of India Ltd. (ECIL), Hyderabad was assigned the task to design and develop it. Naveen in Prez's election OUR BUREAU / New Delhi Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday rang up Trinamul Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to speak to Biju Janata Dal chief and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik to rope him in for the presidential elections slated on July 18. She also spoke of the need of a President, "who can protect the Constitution, our institutions and citizenry from the ongoing onslaught by the ruling party as this is the need of the hour." Making it clear in a statement that the Congress has not suggested a particular name, she said: "We owe it to our people to elect A pressident, who can apply a healing touch to its fractured social fabric and defend our Constitution." She was quite enthused from the Congress winning 4 seats in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections on Friday raising the party's Cong chief admitted to hospital due to post-Covid issues Congress president Sonia Gandhi was admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here on Sunday owing to post-Covid issues. "Congress President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi was admitted to Ganga Ram Hospital today owing to Covid related issues. She is stable and will be kept at the hospital for observation," Surjewala wrote on Twitter. strength in the House from 29 to 33 as against the BJP's strength dipping from 25 to 20, The nominations begin with the notification on June 15 while the last date for filing the nominations proposed by a minimum of 50 electors and seconded by another minimum of 50 electors. Sonia is believed to have talked to Mamata to personally speak to Patnaik to ensure his BJD votes do not go with the . BJP She has also deputed a senior Congress leader to persuade YSR Congress party leader and Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy to secure his party's vote. The BJP-led NDA is 20,000 votes short and so if BJD and YSRCP do not side with it, Sonia is confident that the opposition candidate will become the President. Since she is not well and hospitalised to the Gangaram Hospital here on Sunday because if the Covid complications, Sonia has deputed Rajya Sabha Opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge to coordinate with the leaders of the opposition parties.