FREE PRESS FP The publishers permit sharing of the e-paper's pdf on WhatsApp and other social media platforms - VOL. 12 NO. 93 | BHOPAL | THURSDAY | SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 | PAGES 20 Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023; FOR 24X7 UPDATES NATION PLEASE ASK TEJASWI: NITISH Modifies BCCI constitution, says cooling-off period after two consecutive terms AGENCIES New Delhi The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed modification of BCCI's constitution and paved the way for its president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah to continue in office without having to serve the mandatory cooling-off period. The Bench said that an office-bearer can serve on a particular post for two consecutive terms, both at the BCCI and the State Association level, after which he would have to serve three years coolingoff period. "The purpose of the cooling-off period is not to create undesirable monopolies", the Bench said. The top court's order came on the Board's plea seeking to amend its constitution concerning the tenure of its office-bearers A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli said that an office-bearer can have continuous tenure of 12 years which includes six years in State association and six years in BCCI before the cooling-off period of 3 year s begins including its president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah by doing away with the mandatory cooling-off period between tenures of office bearers across state cricket associations and the BCCI. The BCCI, in its proposed amendment, has sought the abolition of a cooling-off period for its office bearers which would enable Ganguly and Shah to continue in office as President and Secretary despite them having completed six years at respective state cricket associations. Earlier, the Justice R M Lodha-led committee had recommended reforms in the BCCI which have been accepted by the top court. The constitution of the BCCI, which was earlier approved by the top court, stipulates a mandatory three-year cooling-off period for anyone who had served two consecutive terms of three years each in the state cricket association or the BCCI. While Ganguly was an office bearer in the Cricket Association of Bengal, Shah had served in the Gujarat Cricket Association. LONDON: President Droupadi Murmu will be among an estimated 500 world leaders and foreign dignitaries, including kings and queens and heads of state and government, who will attend Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday. Seven killed in elevator mishap AHMEDABAD: Seven labourers were killed and one was seriously injured after falling to the ground while working inside an elevator shaft at an underconstruction building in Ahmedabad city on Wednesday morning, police said. Police had earlier put the death toll at eight, but an official later said one worker was undergoing treatment. The incident took place around 9:30 am at the site located near Gujarat University. Eight Congress MLAs in Goa, including former chief minister Digambar Kamat, on Wednesday joined the ruling BJP, dealing a body blow to the opposition party which is now left with just three MLAs in the 40-member Assembly . Kamat told reporters that he visited the temple where in January he took a pledge to remain faithful to the people and the party after the Assembly elections held two months later. “I went to the temple again and asked God what to do. God told me do whatever is best for you,” he said. The eight MLAs joined the BJP in presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and state BJP chief Sadanand Shet Tanavade. The Congress termed the move as “height of betrayal and shamelessness” on part of the MLAs who had pledged to remain faithful to the people and the party after the Assembly elections. In January they had taken , the loyalty pledge at a temple, church and dargah in MLAs purchased like sack of rice, says Goa Forward Party Reacting sharply to the development in Goa, Goa Forward Party president and MLA Vijai Sardesai said that BJP has purchased them like sacks of rice and MLAs have allowed them to be purchased like cattle. "This act of betrayal has taken place on Pitru Paksa, even God will not bless them. Cong Chhodo Yatra starts from Goa: CM Goa CM Pramod Sawant said that the Congress party's "Bharat Jodo Yatra" has failed and elected representatives have instead started the "Congress Chhodo Yatra" from the coastal state. BJP serial killer of democracy: AAP After the defection of eight Congress MLAs in Goa, the AAP on Wednesday called the BJP a "serial killer of democracy" and slammed the CBI for not taking any action against it. Goa ahead of the elections. In July 2019, 10 Congress MLAs had switched over to the BJP in Goa. The crossing over of eight of its Goa MLAs to the BJP is part of the rul- ing party's 'Operation Kichad', the Congress said and claimed the "break" was fast-tracked because of the visible success of its Bharat Jodo Yatra. CONTD. ON P6 EWS hearing in SC today NEW DELHI: The Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit on 10% reservation to the EWS (Economically weaker sections) will continue the hearing on Thursday as it remained inconclusive for the second day on Wednesday. Govt initiates action for recruitment on one lakh posts in next one year OUR STAFF REPORTER City.firstname.lastname@example.org State government has initiated action for recruitment on one lakh posts in the next one year. On Wednesday, General Administration Department (GAD) issued a letter in this regard to all Additional Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary and Secretary respectively.GAD said that in reference to letter (August 18, 2022), departments have fed the information of vacant posts of state level direct recruitment on portal. Along with this, through the medium of letters on August 29, 2022 and September 8, 2022, missive has been written to all departments to reckon posts of district and divisional categories.According to reference letter (August 13, 2021) of finance department, permission from finance department has been made mandatory to fill more than 5 percent vacancies of sanctioned total posts. The GAD letter said that the information of category wise vacancies of district level, divisional level and state level under concerned department should be sent in excel on given e mail and in hard copy by September 23. King Charles III follows the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown placed on top, carried on a gun carriage of King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery during the procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, London Ramesh Sikarwar once headed a gang of bandits that terrorised the rugged ravines of Chambal in Madhya Pradesh, but the former dacoit is now on a mission to raise awareness about cheetahs. Sikarwar, who is now 72, has been roped in by the MP forest department as 'Cheetah Mitra' to sensitise people on the spotted felines that are being brought to the state from Africa under the Centre's ambitious programme. RAM DARSHAN AT AYODHYA FROM DECEMBER 2023 OUR BUREAU NEW DELHI Not giving any specific date, Champat Rai, general secretary of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust, said the public "darshan" of Ram Lalla at the under-construction grand Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will start from December next year on completion of the first floor of the temple. He had earlier given the date of January 14, 2024 to allow "darshan" by devotees on the auspicious occasion of the Makar Sankranti. The trust is building the temple, as per the SC verdict, since August 5, 2020 when PM Modi laid its foundation while UP CM Adityanath laid the foundation of its "Garbha Griha" in June this year. The 5-judge Constitution bench of the SC led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi (now retired) had on 9 Nov 2019, unanimously delivered its verdict that the land in Ayodhya where Babri Masjid once stood, belongs to Ram Lalla. Rai of VHP elaborated that , the idol's "darshan" would be in the auspicious time when the Sun starts moving northwards. CONTD. ON P6 Now, Assam and Tamil Nadu fight over pachyderm GUWAHATI: The spat between the governments of Assam and Tamil Nadu over leased elephants - particularly temple elephant Joymala - has now reached the court. Assam government today filed a petition in Gauhati High Court after Tamil Nadu refused to return the elephants, even as the Central government endorsed Tamil Nadu's claim that Joymala was being Sunrise : 06.12 Sunset : 06.35 NUTRITIONAL FOOD SCHEME Din in Assembly as Oppn seeks discussion on AG report CM says it's not CAG but AG's report, guilty will not be spared OUR STAFF REPORTER email@example.com State legislative assembly witnessed uproarious scenes on Wednesday over alleged irregularities in nutritional food scheme (NFS) as highlighted in MP Accountant General's report. While Opposition Congress insisted on a discussion over its adjournment motion first, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made it clear at the very beginning of the proceedings that he would give his statement on the report. With charges and counter charges flying thick and fast, heated arguments between the treasury benches and the Opposition ensued over what should come first the CM's statement or the discussion. The Opposition members entered well of the House and refused to listen to plea of Speaker Girish Gautam Congress MLAs stage dharna in MP Legislative Assembly over alleged food scam in Madhya Pradesh government during its ongoing Monsoon Session in Bhopal on Wednesday who completed the House proceedings and later adjourned it for the day . Interestingly, leader of Opposition Govind Singh said they couldn't hear the bell of the House due to possible fault in the bell system, hence they were not present in the House when CM wished to make his statement. However, in wake of 15 notices from the Opposition a discussion should take place first fol- lowed by the CM's reply . However, home minister Narottam Mishra, PWD minister Gopal Bhargava and Urban Administration minister Bhupendra Singh said Opposition was free to ask questions as had happened several times in the past after the CM's reply But . the Opposition members were not ready to accept either the view of the treasury benches or the ruling of the Speaker. CONTD. ON P6 Ditching pledge not to defect, Former Chambal dacoit raising awareness about cheetahs 8 Cong MLAs join BJP in Goa AGENCIES/ PANAJI Murmu to join 500 world leaders at Queen's funeral 33.20c. 24.00c FRIENDLIES AHEAD OF WORLD CUP, AUSTRALIA REVEAL NEW-LOOK SQUAD Pg-20 SHEOPUR News Brief WEATHER EDITIONS: INDORE, BHOPAL, UJJAIN, MUMBAI, PUNE SC okays 2nd term for Ganguly, Shah WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN `3 QUALITY AT VALUE RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 looked after well. The Ministry of Environment and Forest today tweeted, saying the present team is taking good care of the jumbo and recent visuals of cruelty to the animal were old. Controversy erupted after animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a video, claiming that Joymala was being subjected to cruelty at a temple in Tamil Nadu. Reacting to the video, the Tamil Nadu government said Joymala was "absolutely doing good" and tweeted a video of the elephant, countering PETA's video. "Elephant Joymala in Srivilliputhur Andal Temple. Absolutely doing good. Taken good care by the present team. Bathing facility has also been created. Some fake videos are circulating in social media. This video is taken today (5.9.22)," the tweet said, tagging PETA India. Following the claims and counter-claims, representatives from Assam government visited Tamil Nadu to check on Joymala, but access was reportedly denied. CONTD. ON P6 "I have been donning a cap and sporting a 'gamcha' (cloth) as a 'Cheetah Mitra', and constantly meeting people to raise awareness among them about cheetahs." Eight cheetahs will be brought to Jaipur in Rajasthan from Namibia in Africa on September 17 in a cargo aircraft as part of an inter-continental translocation project and flown to the Kuno-Palpur National Park (KPNP) in Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh the same day . Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release three of these cheetahs into the park's quarantine enclosures on September 17, his birthday, as part of the cheetah reintroduction programme, seven decades after the animal became extinct in India. Talking to PTI, Sikarwar said, "Forest department employees approached me some time back to inform that a few influential per- Fire in AI plane's engine at Muscat airport; 151 on board evacuated NEW DELHI As many as 151 people were evacuated from an Air India Express plane at the Muscat airport on Wednesday after fire and smoke were noticed in one of the engines and aviation Smoke billows from an Air India Express regulator DGCA is plane at Muscat airport. probing the incident, according to officials. press spokesperson said The incident happened there were 141 passengers onwhen the Kochi-bound Boe- board the plane, which was to ing 737-800 aircraft was taxi- depart Muscat at 1120 hours ing at the airport. Some pas- (local time)."While it was on sengers suffered minor bruis- the taxiway another aircraft , es at the time of evacuation, reported observing fumes the officials said. from one of the engines. HowThere were a total of 141 ever, there was no fire warnpassengers, 4 infants and 6 ing indication in the cockpit. crew members onboard the As a matter of precaution, aircraft, the officials said. and following the prescribed Videos and images on social SOPs, the crew stopped on the media showed smoke ema- taxiway and activated the nating from the plane parked onboard engine fire extinat the Muscat airport. In a guishers," the statement statement, an Air India Ex- said. CONTD. ON P6 sons in the society are being enrolled as 'Cheetah Mitra' and requested me to become one for raising awareness among the people about the big cat." They told me that cheetahs are coming to Kuno National Park on Saturday, and this will help in the development of the region, he said. "I have been donning a cap and sporting a 'gamcha' (cloth) as a 'Cheetah Mitra', and constantly meeting people to raise awareness among them about cheetahs," he said. CONTD. ON P6 431 kg gold, silver seized from secret lockers of firm in bank fraud case NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate today seized 431 kgs of gold and silver worth more than ? 47 crore after it searched secret lockers of a bullion company as part of a money laundering probe linked to an alleged bank loan fraud case. The premises of Raksha Bullion and Classic Marbles were raided in connection with the case against a company called Parekh Aluminex, the federal agency said in a statement. During the raids, keys of some secret private lockers were found at the premise of the bullion company it said. "Upon , searching the private lockers, it was found that the locker operation was being done without following proper norms. No KYC was followed and there was no CCTV camera installed at the premise and there was no in and out register," it said. CONTD. ON P6 Over 100 sheep run over by train, police arrest one shepherd FP NEWS SERVICE / Narmadapuram More than 100 sheep were run over by Pathankot Express-Dadar train at Powarkheda station, which falls between Hoshangabad and Itarsi station, Railway Police Force (RPF) said on Wednesday The . railway traffic was halted for some time. According to police, a herd of sheep suddenly arrived on the railway tracks, on witnessing which, the driver applied brakes immediately However, despite the driver's . efforts, the train mowed down more than 100 sheep, crushing them to death, after which RPF reached the spot. During the investigations, the RPF team arrested a shepherd hailing from Rajasthan, who reportedly left the sheep on the tracks. Owing to accident, the train reached Itarsi station 55 minutes late. Manager of Itarsi railway station, DS Chouhan, while talking to the media, said that the RPF team took cognisance and reached the spot. He added that the operation of the trains was resumed after removing dead sheep from the tracks.