FREE PRESS - VOL. XXXIX NO. 51 | INDORE | FRIDAY | JULY 29, 2022 | PAGES 16 RNI No. 38281/83 Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023; SONIA IN PILLORY OVER PREZ SLUR WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN EDITIONS: INDORE, BHOPAL, UJJAIN, MUMBAI, PUNE EDIT ED BECOMES WEAPON OF OPPN DESTRUCTION FOR 24X7 UPDATES OUR BUREAU / NEW DELHI the two Houses till 12 noon and then till 4 PM. Adhir clarified that it was a slip of tongue and offered to apologise to Murmu; he insisted there was no question of insulting her. In the Lok Sabha, a livid Irani targeted Sonia Gandhi for sanctioning the humiliation of “a woman in the highest constitutional post." She dubbed Gandhi as “anti-Adivasi, antiDalit, and anti-woman". The BJP leaders claimed this was also an insult of the Adivasis. Sitharaman insisted in the Rajya Sabha that Chowdhury should be censured for a “deliberate sexist remark.’’ She and Union Minister Piyush Goyal, who is also the leader of House in the Rajya Sabha, asserted that Chowdhury has revealed the antitribal attitude of the Congress. Chowdhury, however, hit back saying that the government and the BJP is making “mountain of a mole hill." CONTD. ON P8 The BJP on Thursday put Sonia Gandhi and her party leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, in the pillory for “demeaning” President Droupadi Murmu, who was referred to by Chowdhury as “Rashtrapatni". That was the government’s cue to create pandemonium in Parliament with ministers Smriti Irani in the Lok Sabha and Nirmala Sitharaman in the Rajya Sabha spearheading the BJP attack against Chowdhury and Gandhi. There was a chorus on the BJP benches in both the Houses with members clamouring for an apology from Gandhi. Finally, the incessant chant of “maafi maango” and counter attacks from the Congress side constrained Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn News Brief Judge murder case: CBI court convicts both accused DHANBAD A special CBI court on Thursday convicted two accused in Jharkhand's additional district judge Uttam Anand murder case.The court of Special CBI Judge Rajinikanth Pathak, Dhanbad, held Lakhan Verma and Rahul Verma guilty of murder, and convicted them under sections 302 and 201 of the IPC. The hearing on the punishment of the two convicts will be held on August 6. Season 14 of 'KBC' to open with Aamir, Mary Kom MUMBAI: From superstar Aamir Khan to sports icon Mary Kom, the premiere episode of Amitabh Bachchan hosted quiz-based reality show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati 14' is going to start with a bang. As the country celebrates 75 years of Independence, the makers have dedicated a special episode (August 7) which will be attended by Aamir Khan, sports icons including Mary Kom and Sunil Chhetri along with Mithali Madhumita, the first female officer to win the Gallantry Award and Major DP Singh, India's first blade runner. Spirit of another party has entered Rajbhar, needs exorcism: Yadav VARANASI: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav took potshots at Om Prakash Rajbhar on Thursday, saying the spirit of “some other party” has entered into the body of his former ally and needed to be exorcised. Indirectly, Yadav also suggested that the opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh was broken under “pressure” or due to some “threat” from . the ruling BJP 2 pilots killed in MiG-21 crash BARMER: Two pilots were killed on Thursday evening when an Indian Air Force MiG-21 jet crashed during a training sortie in Barmer in Rajasthan. “IAF deeply regrets the loss of lives and stands firmly with the bereaved families," it said. A court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident. After the Lok Sabha was adjourned, Sonia Gandhi crossed the floor of the House and reportedly said to BJP MP Rama Devi: “Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had already apologised. What is my fault?" At this point, sources told NDTV Union Minister Smriti Irani interjected and said, “Madam, may I help you? I took your name." To which, Sonia retorted: “Don’t talk to me." Congress sources had a different account of the confrontation. Irani pointed her 5G auction stretches to 4th day; bids worth Rs 1,49623 cr received so far NEW DELHI The auction of 5G spectrum for ultra high speed will services internet stretch to the fourth day on Friday, after 16 rounds of bidding conducted so far fetched bids worth Rs 1,49,623 crore. Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio, Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and a unit of billionaire Gautam Adani's flagship Adani Enterprises are in the race to bid for 5G offers that spectrum, speeds about 10 times faster than 4G and lag-free con. nectivity Telecom Minister on Vaishnaw Ashwini Thursday said 16 rounds of bidding have been completed in three days and the auction will continue on . Friday CONTD. ON P8 ADMIRING ADITYA Pg-16 DON’T TALK TO ME finger at Gandhi and said, ‘‘how dare you behave like this? This is not your party office...And to that Gandhi replied: I am not speaking to you." Rama Devi, however, claims Gandhi was the one who spoke angrily, wagging her finger. It is understood that the BJP women MPs in the Lok Sabha have filed a complaint with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla against Gandhi for shouting at Irani. NCP MP Supriya Sule summed up the day’s developments: “Unfortunate scenes were witnessed in the Lok Sabha. Was shocked to hear unnecessary sloganeering against Sonia Gandhi after the House was adjourned. We all should take responsibility of the House and maintain its dignity and decorum. CONTD. ON P8 MP cancels auction of 15 mineral blocks, CG scraps sale of 10 AGENCIES New Delhi Several mineral blocks put on sale are not eliciting reMadhya and sponse Pradesh has cancelled the auction of 15 blocks while Chhattisgarh scrapped the sale of 10 mines, a government official said on Thurs. day This comes amid the government recently expressing hope that 500 mines would be auctioned by 2024. "We are also having issue that in many blocks state governments are not finding response," Mines Additional Secretary Sanjay Lohiya said during a conference on Indian mineral reforms organised by Assocham. The official also stressed the need for creating awareness and asked companies The govt began the process of allocating mineral blocks through auctions in 2015-16 to venture out of the states they are operating in as it would be good for them in the long run. If the companies want to operate in the mineral sector, then they should realise they have to pump in money in the exploration of blocks. "If you venture out in other states you will escape area limits and probably find better result there," the additional secretary explained. Of the over 180 mines put on sale since the system of mineral auctioning of blocks began in 2015, the country sold 46 blocks last Yogi model govt in K'taka if situation demands, says CM TWO HELD IN connection with murder of Nettaru OUR BUREAU Bengaluru Following a backlash from the youth wing of the BJP in Karnataka over the killing of Praveen Nettaru, Yuva Morcha member in Minister Dakshina Kannada, Chief Basavaraj Bommai Thursday said that he plans to implement the "Yogi model" if needed to tackle anti-national and communal elements in the state. Addressing a press conference on the occasion of completion of his government's first year in office, Bommai said “there are different methods to deal with the situation in Karnataka and all of them are being used. If the situation demands, Yogi model government will come in Karnataka too," Bommai said. Though the CM did not elaborate what the Yogi Model, he was probably hinting at the use of bulldozers and target communities that are behind the killings in the state. According to some Yuva Morcha leaders, the 'Yogi model' refers to strong measures reportedly taken by Yogi Adityanath to control anti-national activities in the northern state, which include the use of bulldozers against Activists shout slogans against the murder of BJP worker Praveen Nettaru, during a protest at Town Hall in Bengaluru, on Thursday such elements and mafia. Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Nettaru in Karnataka's Bellare Tuesday night. CONTD. ON P8 financial year and 36 mines have been auctioned in current fiscal year till date. The government began the process of allocating mineral blocks through auctions in 2015-16. It is aiming to scale up the mining sector's contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from present 2.5 per cent to 5 per cent. The government had earlier said the auction of mineral blocks has stabilised in . the country State governments were getting a very good share of revenue from the auctions and the states which were early birds in the whole race were really . happy The mines ministry had earlier said the amendment in the mineral auction rules will encourage competition that will ensure more participation in sale of blocks. CONTD. ON P8 Court defers order on bail pleas of Teesta, Sreekumar till today AHMEDABAD A sessions court in Ahmedabad on Thursday deferred till Friday its order on the bail applications of activist Teesta Setalvad and former DGP R B Sreekumar in a case of allegedly fabricating evidence to frame innocent people in 2002 riots cases. Principal Additional Judge D D Thakkar was scheduled to pronounce the order on Thursday, but de. ferred it till Friday The court was earlier scheduled to pronounce the order on their bail pleas on July 26. However, it had said at that time that it would do so on Thursday as . the order was not ready But the court on Thursday deferred the order for the second time this week. The court had last week reserved its order after hearing arguments from the counsels appearing for Setalvad, Sreekumar and the prosecution. CONTD. ON P8 Students have to cross flooded bridge to reach school in MP 200 HAVE BEEN rescued from flood in Harda AGENCIES Bhopal A video surfaced on social media, in which over a dozen students, including girls from a village in Madhya Pradesh, are seen crossing a bridge as rainwater flows over it. The bridge built on a local river seems to be the only way to reach the other side. The video surfaced on social media was reportedly recorded at a village in Harda district. Notably, Harda is home town of Kamal Patel, who is agriculture minister in Madhya Pradesh govt. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi posted a video of the crossing students bridge saying, "Children are future of the country and their security is the responsibility of the governMadhya Pradesh ment. government should ensure to provide a safer route for these children to reach their school." Along with many other parts of the state, Harda district has received heavy rain in the last few days and there has been a flood like situation at many places. As per the reports, at least 200 people have been rescued from flood and were shifted to a . safer place on Wednesday Due to heavy rain in the district, a road connecting Bhopal and Betul was submerged into water. Because of heavy rain for last one week, flood-like situation has arisen in almost all parts of the state, including Bhopal. Two days back, a video went viral on social media showing the school children attending class with umbrellas amid the rain. That incident was reported from Seoni district, where children were using umbrellas to protect themselves from rainwater dripping from rooftop of the school building. `3 QUALITY AT VALUE WEATHER 26.30c. 22.10c Sunrise : 05.56 Sunset : 07.11 Vaccinator held, DIO suspended Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin with Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand holds the Chess Olympiad torch as PM Modi looks on at the Opening Ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai on Thursday 45 PRECAUTION DOSES WITH SINGLE SYRINGE OUR STAFF REPORTER City.email@example.com A vaccinator, who happens to be a third-year nursing student Jitendra Ahirwar, has been arrested for his negligent act endangering human life and personal safety of others while Sagar District Immunization Officer (DIO) Dr Shobharam Roshan has been suspended on ground of dereliction in duty in the case in which precaution doses were administered to 45 children with single syringe at a private school in . Sagar on Thursday During suspension, Dr Roshan has been attached to Chhatarpur as CMHO, according to the Divisional Commissioner order. Vaccination was taken place at Jain Higher Secondary School in the city during the mega vaccination drive . on Wednesday Besides, an FIR has been Blood samples of all 45 kids taken; all found normal: Arya ollector Deepak said, "Blood samples C45 students wereArya of taken and all of them found to be normal. So it is big relief for all of us. We have given notice to even private nursing college as well as private schools for the negligence. Vaccinator was a third year student and he is well trained. Generally, trained nursing students are pressed into service for vaccination. I have written a letter to suspend the degree of lodged against Jitendra for allegedly using a single syringe to administer anticoronavirus vaccines to children at a private school, SP Tarun Nayak said. Nayak further said, "An FIR has been lodged with Gopalganj police station against Jitendra Ahirwar under Section 336 of the IPC and Section 151 of CrPC." Section IPC reads rash or negligent act endangering human life or personal safety of others while Section 151 of CrPC reads a police officer knowing of a design to commit any cognizable offence may arrest, without orders from a Magistrate and without a warrant, the person so designing, if it appears to such officer that the commission of the offence cannot be otherwise prevented. The 45 schoolchildren, aged 15 and above, were from Classes 9 to 12, a health official said. Parents of some children on Wednesday observed the the using vaccinator same syringe to give vaccines to the children and raised an alarm, the officials said. CONTD. ON P8 5 die, several hospitalised in 2 districts after consuming contaminated water OUR STAFF REPORTER City.firstname.lastname@example.org Five persons died and several others hospitalised after they consumed contaminated water in two villages of MP. Three persons died in Narmdapuram district while two other succumbed in Damoh, according to the government officials. Three persons including a 90-year-old woman died in Bagra Tawa village of Narmdapuram district within four days. They reported vomiting and other related symptoms. Howver, the dis- trict administration attributed that food poisoning could be the reason of deaths. A team of doctors led by CMHO Dr Dinesh Dahalwar rushed to the village and also collected water samples for lab testing. The team distributed chlorine tablets for purification of water and ORS packets to check dehydration. Later, all water samples were found OK. Narmadapuram collector Neeraj Singh, while talking to Free Press, said, “Vidya Bai (45) died on July 24¸ ED PUTS DIDI ON THE BACKFOOT ARITRA SINGHA KOLKATA Clearly rattled by the treasure trove unearthed at the house of Arpita Mukherjee, a close associate of Commerce and Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is walking on eggshells. More than the BJP – which was chanting ‘Ghoon Hobe’ tala Thursday – she is worried about the public perception which is feeding on the frenzied media coverage of the alleged public loot. To begin with, keen to underscore that she has no reason to shield Partha, she has removed him from his cabinet post; he has been also stripped of his party portfolios. Still, an extremely wary Mamata refused to take Chatterjee’s name and merely said: “I have removed someone (Chatterjee) from the cabi. net. Ours is a strict party If anyone thinks that they can malign TMC, it won’t be tolerated.” Partha was not just a minister. He was also the secretary general of the party’s state unit and a member of the party's disciplinary committee. Any action against him would have a cascading effect down the party rank and file. PROTEST MARCH The BJP, not the one to miss out on an opportunity like this, lost no time in taking out a protest rally in Kolkata and raising the ‘Ghotala slogan Hobe,’ a take-off on CM Mamata’s ‘Khela Hobe.’ The party demanded immediate her resignation with Mithun actor Chakraborty suggesting that others could be involved in the ‘loot.’ Partha and his associate Arpita alone could not have managed such a large amount of black mon, ey he pointed out. On Thurs, day the maverick actor had claimed that over three dozen TMC MLAs were in , touch with the BJP even as he warned of a Maharashtra-like coup in the eastern state. CONTD. ON P8 Munna (40) died on July 26 and his 90 years old mother Sunder Bai died next morning.” Singh further said, “All deaths reported from Bagra Tawa village with a pollution of 2,000. We immediately sent a team to collect water samples but all the samples were found OK. Doctors said deaths could be due to food poisoning as water supply was found OK. But, we distributed chlorine tablets for water purification and ORS packets to check dehydration in the village.” CONTD. ON P8 GUJ HOOCH TRAGEDY 2 SPs transferred, 6 cops suspended Gujarat AHMEDABAD: The Home Dept on Thursday transferred the SPs of Botad and Ahmedabad and suspended six other cops following the death of 42 after consumption of spurious liquor, an official said. Primary investigations by police have revealed that some small-time bootleggers of different villages in Botad district had made the spurious liquor by mixing water with methyl alcohol or Methanol, a highly poisonous industrial solvent, and sold it to villagers for Rs 20 per pouch. According to police, forensic analysis established that the victims consumed methyl alcohol. "We have transferred Botad SP Karanraj Vaghela and Ahmedabad SP Viren. drasingh Yadav Six other police officials, including two Deputy SPs, have been placed under suspension," Addl CS, Home, Raj Kumar told PTI. are suspended Those Ahmedabad's Dholka division DSP NV Patel, Botad DSP SK Trivedi, Ahmedabad's Dhandhuka PS inspector KP Jadeja, Dhandhuka division's circle police inspector SB Chaudhari and Botad SI BG Vala and Shailendrasinh Rana.