FREE PRESS - VOL. 12 NO. 17 | BHOPAL | FRIDAY | JULY 1, 2022 | PAGES 14 WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN FOR 24X7 UPDATES Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023; RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 EDITIONS: INDORE, BHOPAL, UJJAIN, MUMBAI, PUNE WORLD RUSSIAN FORCES LEAVE SNAKE ISLAND SHIMMERY BEAUTY Pg-14 `3 QUALITY AT VALUE WEATHER 32.40c. 25.20c Sunrise : 05.45 Sunset : 07.16 'EASE OF DOING BUSINESS' RANKING OF STATES, UTS K’taka, Gujarat ‘top achievers’, MP ‘achiever’ NEW DELHI 2.72L applications under Agnipath The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received 2.72 lakh applications under the Agnipath recruitment scheme within a week of launch of the registration process, the defence ministry said on Thursday. The registration process that began on June 24 had seen filing of 94,281 applications by Monday. Need to protect Indian Ocean: NSA Asserting that the Indian Ocean Region was an important asset for the country, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Thursday said it was becoming competitive and has a potential for a clash of interests and the country has to be vigilant to protect it. Group of Afghan Sikhs arrives Eleven Afghan Sikhs arrived in India on Thursday with the ashes of Sawinder Singh, who was killed in an attack on a gurdwara in Kabul, according to people coordinating with the Indian government for their transfer. The government had on June 19 granted emergency e-visas to 111 Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan. Time to bid adieu to PM Modi: KTR Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President K T Rama Rao on Thursday took a jibe at the NDA government at the Centre over the spiralling domestic gas cylinder prices and sliding Rupee value against US dollar, saying these were its achievements and time has come to say "Bye Bye Modi". Zubair moves HC against remand The Delhi High Court will hear on Friday a plea by Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair challenging his police remand in a case related to an alleged objectionable tweet he had posted in 2018 against a Hindu deity. Israeli parliament dissolved Israeli lawmakers on Thursday unanimously voted to dissolve the parliament, after Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's coalition government lost its majority in the parliament, triggering an unprecedented fifth election in less than four years. PSLV-C53 places 3 sats in orbit In its second successful mission within a week, ISRO launched three foreign satellites in precise orbit from the spaceport in Sriharikota on Thursday. PSLV-C53 is the second dedicated commercial mission of NewSpace India Limited, the commercial arm of ISRO. ACHIEVERS: Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh ASPIRES CATEGORY: Assam, Kerala, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Rajasthan and West Bengal EMERG I NG B US I NESS EC O SY S TEMS : Delhi, Puducherry, Tripura, Andaman and Nicobar, Bihar, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura hya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have been as categorised Achievers in the ranking. The broader aim of the exercise is to boost investor confidence, foster a business-friendly climate and augment the ease of doing business across the country by introducing an element of healthy competition through a system of assessing states based on their performance in the implementation of Business Reforms Action Plan (BRAP). The Aspires category too includes seven states, including Assam, Kerala and Goa. Other states in this section are Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Rajasthan and West Bengal. In the category of emerging business ecosystems, there are 11 states and UTs, including Delhi, Puducher- SHINDE IS MAHA CM, FADNAVIS HIS DEPUTY MUMBAI Eknath Shinde, who led a revolt against Shiv Sena leading to the collapse of the 31Maha month-old Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, took oath as the Chief Minister of on Maharashtra Thursday evening. He was administered an oath by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Deputy Chief Minister. Fadnavis, who was Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 2014-19, announced at a joint press conference in Mumbai on Thursday that Eknath Shinde will be the new CM. Fadnavis also announced at the press conference that he will not be part of the government. Home Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet later that Fadnavis has decided to be part of the new government in Maharashtra ‘WRONG ADVISERS BACKSTABBED UDDHAV’ Hasan Zaidi News Brief Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Telangana are among the seven states categorised as top achievers in the ranking of states and Union Territories based on the implementation of the business reform action plan 2020, according to a report released by Finance Minister Nirmala Sithara. man on Thursday Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab and Tamil Nadu are the other states on the list of top achievers. Himachal Pradesh, Mad- TOP ACHIEVERS: Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana, Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab and Tamil Nadu Hitting out at Sanjay Raut, rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar on Thursday said here that they have not backstabbed anyone, but "a person like him (Raut) did it by giving wrong advice". He said that in Maharashtra, there was a constant tussle with the Centre, mostly ignited by Raut. "Nothing like this has happened. If we want to make progress in our state, then we need to have a good relationship with the Centre. This is our role and we are going ahead with it," Kesarakar said in Panaji. WITH SHINDE AS CM, BJP'S BID TO TARGET SENA My country is changing. It is happening for the first time that a government has fallen in the name of Hindutva. The collapse of the MVA government in Maharashtra is an effect of the Hanuman Chalisa... in 40 days 40 MLAs left the party (Shiv Sena) NAROTTAM MISHRA, MP HOME MINISTER In a surprise move, the BJP has given the post of Chief Minister to Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde, in a bid to take along sena cadre and pacify the ground level workers and isolate the Thackarey family from the Shiv Sena as the rebels were claiming that they are the real outfit, sources said. The BJP's strategy is to replace the Shiv Sena with the rebels at the helm and it will lead to frustration in the Sena camp and will eventually result in two factions in the Sena itself. The Shinde faction has argued in the Supreme Court that they have not left Shiv Sena. REBELS WILL 'REGRET' THEIR DECISION TO PART WAYS: RAUT Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said rebel MLAs have chosen their own way and there would be no hindrance from the party in the path of the dissidents associating themselves with the BJP as he once again targeted the breakaway group whose revolt last week brought down the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. He also tweeted an image of a man in a white kurta pyjama, who is presumably dressed like Uddhav Thackeray, with blood oozing from a wound on his back. "This is exactly what happened," Raut tweeted, alluding to the dissidents who switched sides. in the interest of the people of the state after a word from BJP chief JP Nadda and congratulated him for his decision. He said in a tweet that Fadnavis has shown a "big heart" and the decision re- Orange alert warning of heavy rainfall in 10 districts MANIPUR LANDSLIDE: 13 bodies recovered, PM reviews situation The India Meteorological on (IMD) Department Thursday issued an orange alert warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall in 10 districts of Madhya Pradesh. Apart from this, the IMD has issued two yellow alerts for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms with cloud to ground lightning strikes in large parts of the state, an official said The alerts were valid until Friday morning, meteorologist Ekta Singh of the IMD's Bhopal office said. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to lash isolated places of 10 districts Gwalior, Guna, Ashok Nagar, Datia, Sheopur, Shivpuri, Morena, Bhind, Neemuch and Mandsaur, it was stated. Medium to heavy rainfall will occur at isolated places in 18 districts, including Indore, Ratlam and Umaria, while thunderstorms with lightning are likely at isolated places in the districts of including divisions, 10 Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain and Chambal, the IMD alert stated. CONTD. ON P6 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reviewed the landslide situation caused due to incessant rainfall in Manipur with Chief Minister N Biren Singh and assured full possible support from the central government. "Spoke to Manipur CM Shri @NBirenSinghJi and reviewed the situation due to a tragic landslide. Assured all possible support from the Centre. I pray for the safety of all those affected. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon," PM Modi tweeted. As many as 13 persons were killed after a massive landslide struck near a railway construction camp in Manipur's Noney district, officials told media . persons today "We're working hard but because of rains and other factors, this happened. It is the main Tulum station where the train was supposed to stop. Maybe be- BHOPAL NEW DELHI flects his true dedication and attitude of service towards Maharashtra. CONTD. ON P6 UDAIPUR BEHEADING NIA searches factory where video was shot MANISH GODHA Jaipur cause of heavy ongoing work, some seismic disturbance may have taken place. 13 bodies have been taken out," said DGP P Doungel. So far, 19 people have been rescued and are being treated at Noney Army Medical unit. Evacuation of critically injured is in progress but bad weather and fresh landslides are hampering rescue operations, the CPRO said. The North-East Frontier Railway CPRO said the landslide triggered by incessant rains caused damage to the Tupul station building of the ongoing Jiribam - Imphal new line project. "Landslide also stuck the track formation, camps of construction workers and rescue operations is in progress," the NF Railway CPRO said. CONTD. ON P6 The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has moved the two men behind tailor Kanhaiya Lal’s beheading – Riyaz Attari and Mohammad Ghaus – to Delhi for further probe. On Thursday, the probe agency searched SK Engineering, a factory in Sapetia at Sukher, where the two allegedly made the video. Officials said the knife used for the gruesome killing was also made at the factory by the accused. The police said they found more arms on the premises. A senior police officer associated with the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which was constituted within hours of the murder, said that the factory and offices of SK Engineering have been seized and the owner has been detained. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister handed over aid of Rs 50 lakh to Kanhaiya Lal’s . family CONTD. ON P6 NATO declares China a security threat for the first time MADRID NATO, the worlds most powerful military alliance, has declared China as a security threat for the first time, warning that Beijings ambitions and coercive behaviour is a major challenge to the groups interests, putting its forces on a potential war-footing against Russia, media re- ports said. 10-year new NATO's strategic blueprint, agreed to by leaders at a summit in Spain on Thursday morning (AEST), called out the rising Asian power for conducting "malicious" cyber operations, for its strategic partnership with Russia, rapidly expanding nuclear arsenal and its efforts to dominate key sup- ply chains, Sydney Morning Herald reported. China reacted to being labelled a threat by calling the Western alliance a "Cold War remnant" and a source of instability that is "smearing" Beijing's international reputation. Australia Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, at the summit as part of the ?Asia Pacific 4' group of guests, said the Western world needs to reassert its democratic values. He dismissed China's criticism of NATO and de- clared the summit "extremely successful", Sydney Morning Herald reported. "What we've seen is the world come together in rejecting the Russian aggression on Ukraine, and also having a reassertion of our shared values of having a rules-based international order," Albanese said before leaving for Paris. ry and Tripura. Andaman and Nicobar, Bihar, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura are the other states and UTs in this section. The commerce and industry ministry has this time changed the system of ranking by making it category-based - top achievers, achievers, aspires, and emerging business ecosystems - against the earlier practice of announcing ranks. CONTD. ON P6 Murmu, Sinha in fray for presidential poll after scrutiny of papers NEW DELHI NDA nominee Droupadi Murmu and her challenger Yashwant Sinha were the only two candidates left in the fray for the July 18 presafter election idential scrutiny of nomination papers, Rajya Sabha Secretary General P C Mody said . on Thursday Mody, the returning officer for the presidential election, said 115 nomination papers of 94 persons were received till Wednesday, of which 107 were rejected for not meeting the required criteria. The nomination papers of Murmu and Sinha - four sets each - were found to fulfil all the requirements of a valid nomination and were accepted, he said. CONTD. ON P6 Single-use plastic and certain items made of plastic and thermocol banned from today OUR STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org Production, storage, transportation, purchase and sale of single-use plastic and identified items made of plastic and thermocol have been banned in the state from July 1, as per a government's release issued on Thursday . Urban Development and Housing Department has issued instructions to all the municipal commissioners and chief municipal officers (CMOs) to conduct raids against the manufacturers, stockists, retailers and sellers of these items in compliance with strict implementation of Plastic Waste Management Rules2016 in the state. . As per issued instructions, single use plastic, ear buds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks used in balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice cream sticks, thermocol used in decoration, plastic plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, straws, trays, sweet boxes, invitation cards, packaging covering cigarette packets, plastic stickers and banners made of plastic and PBC less than 100 microns in thickness have been banned. Earlier, the department, says the release, conducted proawareness public grams on the ill-effects of plastic.