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Sabka Saath, Lekin ‘Unke Parivar Ka Vikas’: CM Slams Opposition
First India Bureau
Lucknow: Lashing
out at the opposition
for neglecting overall
development of the so-
ciety and working in
their own interest,
Chief Minister Yogi
Adityanath, on Sun-
day, said that his gov-
ernment worked to re-
alise the goal of ‘wel-
fare for all.’ He said
this while addressing
the backward class
convention organised
by the state unit of BJP
in Lucknow.
“Before 2014, the slo-
gan of those who ruled
was ‘Sabka Saath, le-
kin unke parivar ka
vikas’. They didn't
care about the develop-
ment of society and
the nation. We worked
to fulfill the resolve of
‘Sabka saath, sabka vi-
kas aur sabka vish-
was’. Even if a single
person remains de-
prived in society, soci-
ety cannot prosper.
The basis of the pros-
perity of the society is
formed only when the
development of all sec-
tions of the society is
done.”
In the convention,
CM Yogi listed the
achievements of the
state and the central
government regarding
the welfare of the
backward classes and
the positions they have
been given in the party
organisation.
“BJP believes in the
nationalist ideology.
Its basic mantra is
‘Sarve Bhavantu Sukh-
inah: Sarve Santu
Niramayah’, which is
wishing everyone hap-
piness, wishing for
everyone's health. It is
a matter of happiness
that the schemes of the
government are be-
coming the basis of
self-reliance of the so-
ciety,” CM asserted.
Launching a scath-
ing attack on the previ-
ous governments for
causing hindrance in
the development of the
state, the CM said that
Uttar Pradesh used to
burn in the communal
fire. This was the rea-
son that the state was
lagging so far. The situ-
ation worsened, unem-
ployment increased,
the state was complete-
ly burning with riots
and clashes all
around.
Every section of the state benefited
in the last 4.5 years said CM
CMYogi paying tribute to Dalit leaders during the PichdaVarg Morcha
meet at the Panchayati Raj Directorate in Lucknow on Sunday.
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Mumbai: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut alleged on Sunday with some ministers
in the Shiv Sena-led government under the scanner of ED, Income Tax and at
least one of them facing a CBI inquiry, that central investigating agencies are
working as “contract killers for the party in power in Delhi”.
Petrol price soared to Rs 102.81 per litre in Lucknow after a hike of 34 paise
on Sunday. Diesel also increased by 35 paise and soared to Rs 94.99 per
litre. The traders associated with petroleum sector said the prices are likely to
increase for the next some days due to hike in crude oil prices
‘GOVT KILLINGS’
HAVE REPLACED
‘CONTRACT
KILLINGS’: RAUT
PETROL,
DIESEL PRICES
HIKED AGAIN
CORONA CATASTROPHE
UP
INDIA
14,146
new cases
144
new fatalities
10
new cases
00
new fatalities
Low pressure area
over southeast
Arabian sea reason
behind downpour
12 bodies were
recovered from
Kottayam district on
Sunday morning
IMD predicts
slight relief in
Kerala rains from
today onwards
Army, NDRF, police and fire force
along with locals are carrying on
rescue operations since Sunday morning
at Koottickal and Kokkayar panchayats
2 3 4
1
WILD WEATHER
WILD WEATHER
BATTERS SOUTH
BATTERS SOUTH
WILL PROVIDE ALL POSSIBLE
SUPPORT, TWEETS AMIT SHAH
New Delhi: Union home minister Amit
Shah assured all possible support for
the people in need in Kerala. “We are
continuously monitoring the situa-
tion in parts of Kerala in the wake of
heavy rainfall and flooding. The central
government will provide all possible
support to help the people in need.
Teams of NDRF have already been sent
to assist,” the home minister tweeted.
ANDHRA GETS HIGHEST RAIN
OF 200 MM IN TWO DAYS
TELANGANA: HEAVY TO VERY
HEAVY RAINFALL LIKELY TODAY
Visakhapatnam: The state received more than 200 mm
of rainfall at many places due to the presence of a low
pressure over the state. On Saturday alone, Gollaprolu
in East Godavari received the state’s highest rainfall of
114.25 mm, Mandasa in Srikakulam 87mm while Vizag
city received a maximum of 36 mm of rainfall. The low
pressure, which was formed over the east-central Bay of
Bengal on Dasara was slowly moving towards west Uttar
Pradesh via the coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Hyderabad: An orange alert has been
sounded by the Indian Meteorological
Department (IMD), indicating the pos-
sibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall.
There will be heavy rains on October
18 along with thunderstorms and
lightning, IMD said. Hyderabad will
have light to moderate rains but there
are chances of intense spells of rains.
21 KILLED IN KERALA
21 KILLED IN KERALA
RAINS, DOZENS MISSING
RAINS, DOZENS MISSING
Narendra Modi @narendramodi
Spoke to Kerala CM
Shri @vijayanpinarayi
and discussed the situation in
the wake of heavy rains and
landslides in Kerala. Authorities
are working on the ground
to assist the injured and
affected. I pray for
everyone’s safety and
well-being
Cochin: At least 21
people have been killed
in Kerala as heavy rain
triggered landslides in
Idukki and Kottayam
districts. Lord Ayyap-
pa devotees have been
asked to avoid visiting
Sabarimala Temple to-
day and tomorrow. The
rescue ops were under-
way
.
Due to the heavy
rain in the district, the
water levels continue
to rise in the catch-
ment areas of dams.
The shutters of the
Maniyar dam have
been opened due to an
increase in the water
levels in the reservoir.
A man wades through slush caused
by landslide following heavy rains
in Kerala’s Idukki district.
Last chance for resurrection:
Sidhu pens 13 points to Sonia
New Delhi: Just days
after Congress leader
Navjot Singh Sidhu
claimed to have solved
all differences after
meeting Rahul, he on
Sunday wrote a letter to
party president Sonia
Gandhi, seeking a meet-
ing to present a 13-point
agenda for the party’s
campaign for the As-
sembly polls due next
year. Stating that this is
“Punjab’s last chance
for resurrection and re-
demption,” Sidhu
sought a personal meet-
ing with Sonia Gandhi.
Among the points
highlighted by Sidhu in
the letter are justice in
the sacrilege cases, Pun-
jab’s drugs menace, ag-
ricultural issues, em-
ploymentopportunities,
and welfare of back-
ward classes.
2 Bihar labourers shot
by terrorists in Kashmir
Srinagar: Two labour-
ers from Bihar were
gunned down by terror-
ists on Sunday, taking
the number of civilians
killedintargetedattacks
in Jammu and Kashmir
this month to 11.
Terrorists opened
fire at the labourers at
Vanpoh in Kulgam dis-
trict on Sunday. Anoth-
er labourer was injured
in the incident. The kill-
ings came a day after a
gol-gappa hawker from
Bihar and a carpenter
from Uttar Pradesh
were shot dead by ter-
rorists in the Valley
.
Of the 11 people
killed in the spate of at-
tacks on civilians, five
were from other states.
This indicates that the
terrorists want to drive
people from other states
out of Kashmir, an offi-
cial said.
MECCA DROPS SOCIAL DISTANCING
 The Grand Mosque
in the Muslim holy city
of Mecca, Saudi Arabia,
has returned to operat-
ing at full capacity, with
worshippers praying
shoulder-to-shoulder
for the first time since
the coronavirus pan-
demic began.
 On Sunday, floor
markings that guide
people to social dis-
tance in and around
the Grand Mosque
were removed.
 Authorities said
visitors must be fully
vaccinated and must
continue to wear
masks on mosque
grounds at all times.
SHERRY AT IT AGAIN...
CIVILIAN CASUALTIES
NOW RISE TO 11
File photo of Navjot Singh Sidhu
with Sonia and Priyanka Gandhi.
SONIA ASKS BAGHEL
TO RESIGN?
Mohd Fahad
New Delhi: According to
highly-reliable sources,
Congress President
Sonia Gandhi has asked
Chhattishgarh Chief Min-
ister Bhupesh Baghel to
resign before November.
CM Baghel has been
asked to quit by October
end. Meanwhile, Baghel
is trying to convince
Priyanka Gandhi to save
his post. The develop-
ment comes a day after
Congress Working Com-
mittee meeting.
‘No link of Singhu killing
with farmers’ protest’
New Delhi: Bharatiya
Kisan Union (BKU)
leader Rakesh Tikait on
Sunday said that the
lynching of a man at
the Singhu border was
a “religious matter”,
and has no connection
with the ongoing farm-
ers’ protest.
“They (the Nihangs)
have said that it is a re-
ligious matter and the
government should not
link it to farmers’ pro-
test… Farmers have
also said that this was a
religious issue. We’re
talking to the Nihangs
and have told them that
they’re not needed here
as of now,” Tikait was
quoted as saying by
news agency ANI.
He added, “This is a
conspiracy executed by
the government. Now,
the government should
ensure that the situa-
tion does not deterio-
rate any further.”
Rakesh Tikait
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PM Modi to inaugurate
Kushinagar Int’l airport
First India Bureau
Bahraich: Chief Min-
ister Yogi Adityanath
said that his govern-
ment did not discrimi-
nate or indulge in poli-
tics on development.
“People will elect rep-
resentatives who have
worked towards the de-
velopment of their aea
and I can say with con-
fidence that we have
honoured the promises
we made to the people,”
he said.
Yogi Adityanath was
speaking at a function
organised virtually to
lay the foundation stone
and inauguration of 144
projects worth Rs 221
crore in Bahraich and
87 project worth Rs
390.45 crore in Shravas-
ti on Sunday
. He regret-
ted not being able to
reach both the districts
due to bad weather.
The CM informed the
public that he had come
to Bahraich by helicop-
ter along with BJP state
president Swatantra
Dev Singh, but the
weather conditions
were not favorable for
landing.
He said that Gautam
Buddha had spent a
maximum holy period
of ‘Chaturmas’ (time
for devotion, penance,
bathing in holy rivers,
performing sacrifices,
and charity) in this
area. Realising the im-
portance, the govern-
ment is making sever-
al efforts for tourism
and infrastructure de-
velopment in this area,
he said.
“Justice may not
have been done to him
in history, but this me-
morial will acquaint
the future generation
with the glory of King
Suheldev,” CM Yogi
said.
The CM said that this
area is the holy place of
worship of Saint Bal-
ark. “Bahraich also wit-
nessed the bravery and
valor of King Suheldev.
The central and state
government is making
all arrangements for
the all-around develop-
ment of this place.”
He said two years
ago, a medical college
was established here
which played a crucial
role in providing bet-
ter health facilities to
the people during the
Covid-19 period. Soon
a medical college will
be established in
Shravasti on the PPP
model, he added.
First India Bureau
Lucknow: The first
ever international
flight is set to com-
mence from Kushina-
gar International air-
port and will witness
PM Narendra Modi in-
augurating the Kushi-
nagar international
airport.
Sri Lankan PM M.
Rajapaksa along with a
delegation of 25 mem-
bers and 100 Buddhist
monks will land in
Kushinagar on 20th
October.
The much awaited
international airport
will pave the way for
international flights
that were a distant
dream for the people
of Gorakhpur region
but now with the ef-
forts of CM Yogi, this
dream has come true.
Kushinagar, the rest
place of Lord Buddha,
has its religious signifi-
cance and every year
many Buddhist monks
and tourists come here
from various countries
including Sri Lanka,
Japan, Vietnam and
Singapore.
The Kushinagar In-
ternational Airport
runway is about 45 m
wide and has the capac-
ity to land 4 flights.
Apart from this, the
passenger terminal
building measures
around 36000 square
metres in area and is
very comfortable and
attractive.
First India Bureau
Lucknow: Deputy
Chief Minister Dr.
Dinesh Sharma on
Sunday visited Bud-
heshwar Mahadev
Temple to worship
Lord Budheshwar
during which he took
stock of the develop-
ment works being un-
dertaken by the LDA
and Tourism Depart-
ment in the temple
premises.
The Deputy Chief
Minister talked with
the devotees in the
temple and inquired
about their
problems,etc.. After
taking stock of the de-
velopment works, he
instructed the offi-
cials to ensure that
the works are com-
pleted at the earliest
whilst being trans-
parent and directed
them to take special
attention to quality of
these development
works. He warned the
officials that any kind
of lacking in the qual-
ity of the develop-
ment works will war-
rant action.
First India Bureau
Agra: On Saturday, a
team of officers from all
three armed forces
wings, who began run-
ning from Jhansi on
October 15, arrived
Agra, covering a dis-
tance of 350 kilometers,
according to team lead-
er Jogendra Chandna.
“We started the run
from Jhansi because it
was the hometown of
Rani Laxmi Bai, who
led one of the first re-
bellions for independ-
ence against the Brit-
ish.We hope to reach
Delhi on October 21 and
the reason we chose
this date is because on
October 21, Subhash
Chandra Bose formed
the first government in
exile”, according to Jo-
gendra Chandna.
The contingent will
consist of seven offic-
ers, two women, who
will stop at 7 cities on
their way and last for 7
days. A team of officers
from all three armed
forces wings began run-
ning from Jhansi on
October 15. The contin-
gent will consist of sev-
en officers, two women,
who will stop at 7 cities.
First India Bureau
Lucknow: Uttar
Pradesh government
will provide compensa-
tion to about 2 lakh
farmers for their crop
loss due to rains and
floods.
In pursuance of the
directives of Chief Min-
ister Yogi Adityanath,
the required assess-
ment of the damage
caused to crops like
paddy and sugarcane
due to rain has been
completed.
About 2 lakh farmers
are such, whose crops
have been damaged due
to excessive rains and
floods in the state. After
the survey by the Reve-
nue and Agriculture
departments, compen-
sation will be given to
the farmers.
While reviewing the
progress of crop com-
pensation assessment,
the Chief Minister said,
“Any farmer, whose
crop is damaged, should
be compensated as per
rules at the earliest.
The Revenue and Agri-
culture departments
should complete this
work on a priority in
coordination with each
other.”
Ensuring that no eli-
gible beneficiary is de-
privedof theassistance,
the Uttar Pradesh Gov-
ernment machinery is
taking all the required
relief and rehabilita-
tion measures to the
rain-affected areas. An
amount of Rs 68 crore
will be provided to the
farmers whose agricul-
tural produce has been
damaged due to floods.
According to a gov-
ernment spokesman,
“Any farmer, whose
crop is damaged, should
be compensated as per
rules at the earliest.
The Revenue and Agri-
culture departments
should complete this
work on a priority
.”
First India Bureau
Rampur: Ensuring
happiness and prosper-
ity in the life of every
needy person is Prime
Minister Narendra
Modi’s mission, Union
minister Mukhtar Ab-
bas Naqvi said on Sun-
day. and asserted that
the Centre is focused on
empowerment without
appeasement.
Naqvi made the re-
marks during free of
cost distribution of
various medical aid
equipment to ‘Divyang
jan’ and senior citizen
at the Mahatma Gandhi
Stadium in Uttar
Pradesh’s Rampur. Un-
ion Minister of State
for Social Justice and
Empowerment A
Narayanaswamy was
also present on the oc-
casion.
ALIMCO, Kanpur,
distributed free of cost
various medical aid de-
vices such as tricycle,
wheelchair, crutches,
walker, and orthotic
devices, hearing devic-
es to about 2000 ‘divy-
ang jan’ and senior
citizens from different
parts of Rampur under
‘ADIP and Rashtriya
Vayoshri Yojana’ of
Union Ministry of So-
cial Justice and Em-
powerment, an official
statement said.
Naqvi said that dur-
ing the last seven
years, the Modi gov-
ernment has focussed
on good governance,
inclusive development
and “empowerment
without appeasement”
of the poor and weaker
sections.
CM Yogi and BJP State Chief Swatantra Dev Singh during the virtual inauguration of schemes
and projects of Bahrainch region on Sunday. The CM’s informed the public that he had come to
Bahraich, but the weather conditions were not suitable for landing.
Kushinagar international airport. —FILE PHOTO
HAVE HONOURED PROMISES
MADE TO PEOPLE: CM YOGI
CM Yogi launches 144 projects
worth `221 crore in Bahraich
Devipatan undergoing complete
transformation, says Adityanath
C
M Yogi paid
tribute to army man
Satyam Kumar
Pathak, a resident of
Hardoi district, who died
in the line of duty in La-
dakh. He has announced
a financial assistance
of Rs 50 lakh, a job to
one family member and
naming of the road after
him in the district.
U
ttar Pradesh
Chief Minis-
ter Yogi Adi-
tyanath has asked
officials to make
all the necessary
preparations for
the grand welcome
of foreign guests
at the inauguration
of Kushinagar In-
ternational Airport
by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi on
October 20.
Yogi Speaks
Yogi Speaks
1.36 LAKH PEOPLE GOT HOMES IN RURAL
AREAS OF BAHRAICH, 8000 IN URBAN
“Today 1.36 lakh people have got their homes in
rural areas of Bahraich, while 8,000 families have
got houses in urban areas. Toilets were built in 4.85
lakh houses in Bahraich that proved to be a means
of ensuring health security and safeguarding the
dignity of women fraternity.”, said CM Yogi Adity-
anath in his virtual address.
Dy CM Sharma visits Buddheshwar
Defence runners reach Agra from Jhansi
First India Bureau
Lucknow:The Depart-
ment of Women’s Wel-
fare under the Uttar
Pradesh government
has mandated that all
government officials to
declare that they had
receivednodowrywhen
they got married.
The circular, released
on October 12, men-
tioned that all public
service officials mar-
ried after April 31, 2004,
would have to send an
email with an affidavit
by October 18.
The department for
women’s welfare would
submit a report to Par-
liamentary Legislative
Committee on the com-
pliance of no-dowry
and the action taken for
non-compliance.
Manoj Rai, Director
Department of Women
and Child Welfare, said,
“This is probably for
the first time when our
department has sought
a no-dowry affidavit
from government ser-
vants in a bid to get pro-
visions of the anti-dow-
ry law in UP,” he said.
“We have asked em-
ployees who got mar-
ried after March 31,
2004 to furnish an affi-
davit stating that they
did not receive any
dowry,” he said.
Taking dowry is pun-
ishable with imprison-
ment up to 5 years and
fine of 15,000 or the val-
ue of the dowry given,
whichever is higher.
Submit ‘no dowry’ affidavit: Yogi govt to officials
GOING BY NORMS

Dept of women’s
welfare is also
likely to submit
a report on
compliance of
‘no-dowry’
affidavit
submission to a
parliamentary
commitee
NORMS
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KUSHINAGAR
ROAD BLOCK
Rain showers accompanied by strong winds fell a tree at Parivartan Chowk area of Lucknow on Sunday. —PHOTO BY ASHOK DUTTA
Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas
Naqvi
CM Yogi listens to the issues of the people at a Jan Sunwai
organised at his official residence on Sunday.
Govt to compensate
2 lakh farmers for
losses due to floods
‘Centre focussed on
good governance’
State govt is
taking all the
required relief
and
rehabilitation
measures in the
rain-affected
areas.
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Ayodhya: The Ram
temple in Ayodhya will
be built in such a way
that the sun rays will
fall on the idol of Ram
Lalla and illuminate its
sanctum sanctorum on
every Ram Navami,
said a member of the
Sri Ram Janmabhoomi
Tirath Kshetra Trust.
The design will be in-
spired by the 13th cen-
tury Sun temple at
Konark in Odisha, he
said.
Work is underway on
a proposal to design the
temple in a way that
sun rays beautify Ram
Lalla’s idol in the sanc-
tum sanctorum on ev-
ery Ram Navami and
consultation with sci-
entists, astronomers
and technologists is go-
ing on in this regard,
Kameshwar Choupal,
member of Shri Ram
Janmabhoomi Teerth
Kshetra Trust said.
Choupal said, “The
Sun temple at Konark
in Odisha is an example
where the sun rays
reach inside the temple.
In such a situation, all
the technical aspects
and state-of-the-art
technology are being
considered regarding
how the rays of the sun
reach the sanctum (of
Ram temple) .
The member said a
committee consisting
of experts from the Na-
tional Institute of
Building Construction,
including IIT Delhi, IIT
Mumbai, and IIT Roor-
kee, has been formed to
focus on the technical
aspects related to the
construction of the
temple. —PTI
Sun rays to illuminate sanctum on Ram Navami
AYODHYA MARVEL
‘EFFORTS ON TO CONSTRUCT SANCTUM
SANCTORUM OF TEMPLE BY DEC 2023’
A senior official of the trust said, efforts are being made
(to ensure) that by December 2023, the construction of
the sanctum sanctorum should be completed and peo-
ple can have darshan. He informed that the first phase of
foundation has been completed, while the second phase
will be over by mid-November. During the construction
of Ram temple in Ayodhya, several aspects, including
geological, geographical and ecological conditions, are
being taken into consideration, he said.
FIVE ARRESTED FOR ATTACK ON POLICE
TEAM, PRIME ACCUSED ABSCONDING
STF ARRESTS PRINCIPAL,ASST TEACHER
FOR LEAKING PAPERS IN PRAYAGRAJ
LAKHIMPUR MAN CAUGHT NEAR
INDO-PAK BORDER IN BARMER
Barmer: A man from Lakhimpur town in UP caught
near the Indo-Pak international border in Barmer.
BSF personnel caught him on Sunday when he was
roamingthere under
suspicious circum-
stances. However,
nothing suspicious
has been recovered
from him, after which
he was handed over
to Gadara Road police
for further investigation. Accused was identified as
Vikash Gupta, a resident of Lakhimpur in UP.
CRUCIAL READ
Varanasi: Five accused of attack on police team of
Lanka Police station when they raided on criminal
involved in loot incident, were arrested while prime
accused was still on the
run. Mahatam Yadav,
inspector Crime team
Lanka police station
said Mata Prasad
Sonkar, Dinesh Sonkar,
Priyanshu Sonkar,
Sajan Sonkar and Vishal
Sonkar were arrested and sent to jail under charges
of interrupting government proceedings, thrashing
policemen.
Prayagraj: UP STF arrested principal and an assistant
teacher for leaking question papers of aided junior
high school assistant teacher examination. STF team
arrested principal Ram Nayan Dwivedi and assistant
teacher Ashok Tewari of
KN Katju Inter College for
leaking question paper of
aided junior high school
assistant teacher exam
held on Sunday. It was
reported four other accused
are still absconding in the matter. It was also reported
that Dwivedi had transferred copies of question paper
as his daughter Akansha Dwivedi was also taking the
examination.
First India Bureau
Agra: The incident in
Jagdishpuraof Agrahas
exposed the hollow
claims of the police de-
partment. The Agra Po-
lice, which talks about
giving security to the
commonman,isnotable
to protect its own police
station,fromwhereRs25
lakh was stolen.
The sad part is that
thepoliceinitiallydidn’t
even know about it. As
soon as the senior offi-
cers got the information
of theftinthewarehouse
of the police station,
their senses were blown
away
. Senior cops, in-
cluding ADG, SSP and
othersreachedthepolice
station.Informationwas
also received that many
weapons have disap-
peared in the heist.
At present, the police
are investigating how
the cash of Rs 25 lakh
went missing from in-
side the police station.
Bhagwat will
visit Ayodhya
from Oct 19-21
First India Bureau
Ayodhya: RSS chief
Mohan Bhagwat and
General Secretary
of the party Dat-
tatreya Hosabale
will be visiting Ayo-
dhya from October
19 to 21 to partici-
pate in Akhil Bhara-
tiya Saririk Varg,
RSS sources said.
According to
sources, Bhagwat
will take part in the
Akhil Bharatiya Sa-
ririk Varg, and can
also visit Ram
Janmabhoomi in
Ayodhya.
Although the RSS
chief will also ad-
dress the Saririk
Vibhag Abhyas Varg
to make the con-
struction of the
Ram temple a sub-
ject.
“Bhagwat can give
the message of Ram
temple to the office
bearers joining the
exercise class that
with our efforts, a
grand Ram temple is
being constructed in
this country,” sourc-
es said.
In the Abhyas Varg
at the local head-
quarters of Vishva
Hindu Parishad
(VHP) in Karsevak-
puram, Bhagwat’s
family, the office
bearers of all India
and all 45 province
units of the Sharir-
ik Vibhag of the
union is also expect-
ed to attend.
“Extensive prepa-
rations are being
made for the Abhyas
Varg, arrangements
are being made for
the accommodation
of more than five
hundred people,”
sources added.
Elections for 403
assembly constitu-
encies in Uttar
Pradesh are due ear-
ly next year.
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat. —FILE PHOTO
KIN OF COVID VICTIMS TO BE
PAID `50K, ANNOUNCES CM
Yogi asks to ensure no eligible family in state is deprived of their entitlement
First India Bureau
Lucknow: Chief Min-
ister Yogi Adityanath
on Sunday directed offi-
cials to pay Rs 50,000 to
family members of per-
sons who had died after
contracting COVID-19
in the state.
In a statement issued
by the UP government,
the CM ordered offi-
cials to issue detailed
guidelines about finan-
cial relief to be given to
family members of
those who had suc-
cumbed to COVID-19.
He also said it should
be ensured that no eligi-
ble family is deprived
of their entitlement
and detailed guidelines
in this regard should be
issued soon.
A team should be
formed in every district
under the district mag-
istrate for proper imple-
mentation of distribut-
ing financial relief.
Meanwhile, Uttar
Pradesh reported 10
new COVID-19 cases in
the last 24 hours, as per
the state government
on Sunday
.
During the last 24
hours, 1,41,543 samples
were tested in the state.
The positivity rate for
the day stands at 0.007
per cent.
Over 8.96 crore samples
have been tested so far.
Currently, there are 119
active Covid cases in
the state, as per the
statement.
In last 24 hours, 19
people recovered from
the disease, taking the
total recoveries to
16,87,011. The recovery
rate currently stands at
98.8 per cent. As per the
state Health Secretary,
42 districts in the state
are COVID-free, while
67 districts did not re-
port any new cases.
FESTIVE HIGH
Children dressed as Lord Rama, Bharat, Lakshmana and Shatrughan during Nati Imli Bharat
Milap Leela, in Varanasi,
Elderly woman
brutally murdered
at her Lko home
First India Bureau
Lucknow: An elderly
woman was brutally
murdered in Hanskhe-
da Kanshiram colony in
Para area here on Sun-
day. Police said Saroj
Soni was found dead at
her residence in
Hanskheda Kanshiram
colony. The criminals
had smashed her head
with hammer and slit
her veins of hands. Be-
fore the horrific crime,
criminalsstuffedmouth
of her 7-year-old grand-
son and locked him in
other room. Initial in-
vestigations revealed
that someone close
could be behind the
crime.
11.8-CR DOSES
An elderly woman being vaccinated at a camp in Lucknow. —FILE PHOTO
Delhi Police rescue
girl sold for `60k
First India Bureau
New Delhi: A
15-year-old girl from
Delhi, who was al-
legedly sold to a man
in Uttar Pradesh’s
Agra for Rs 60,000,
has been rescued
from Sikar in Rajas-
than, Delhi Police
said on Sunday, add-
ing that two persons
have been arrested in
this connection.
According to police,
the 15-year-old girl
had gone missing on
September 16 and
an FIR was regis-
tered in the case in
Shalimar Bagh Po-
lice Station.
“An investigation
into the matter re-
vealed that the girl
was in regular con-
tact with a boy, who
was residing in Rohi-
ni. The boy with the
help of another ac-
cused took her to a
house in Agra, where
she was sold for Rs
60,00 to a man belong-
ing to Sikar, Rajas-
than,” the police said
in a statement.
Efforts are being
made to trace the oth-
er accused and fur-
ther investigation in
the case is in prog-
ress, the police said.
The accused in police
custody
Leadership camp for
LU students at Sattal
First India Bureau
Lucknow: After the
Covid period, Lucknow
University has became
the first university in
country
, whose students
attended a leadership
training camp in Sattal
(Nainital).
LU had celebrated the
centenary of its estab-
lishment last year. In-
spired by V-C Alok Rai
and under the guidance
of Mohammad Tariq
(camp organiser) and
RakeshChandraRai(co-
camp organiser), Luc-
know University’s BPEd
50 students of II Semes-
ter participated in the
Leadership Training
Camp. Cultural pro-
grammes, flag snatch-
ing,tigerhunt,trekking,
tug of war camp game
etc., were organised for
the students. The impor-
tance of working in an
organisation was ex-
plained to the students.
DarknessUnderTheLamp:
`25L stolen from police stn
COPS SUSPENDED
RN Dwivedi and Ashok Tewari
First India Bureau
L a k h i m p u r : T h e
Samyukt Kisan Mor-
cha (SKM) on Sunday
said ‘Rail Roko’ pro-
tests will be held across
the country on October
18 to demand the dis-
missal and arrest
Union Minister Ajay
Mishra in connection
with the Lakhimpur
Kheri incident.
In a statement, the
umbrella body of farm-
er unions spearhead-
ing the farmers’ agita-
tion against the Cen-
tre’s three agri laws,
said “protests will only
be intensified until jus-
tice is secured” in the
Lakhimpur Kheri case.
The SKM said during
the ‘rail roko’ protest,
all train traffic will be
stopped for six hours
from 10 am till 4 pm on
Monday.
SKM announces
‘Rail Roko’ protest
demanding arrest
of Union minister
—FILE PHOTO
PERSPECTIVE
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SPIRITUAL SPEAK
Therefore encourage
one another and build
one another up, just
as you are doing.
—Thessalonians 5:11
IN-DEPTH
Piyush Goyal
@PiyushGoyal
Festive Cheer with Gems & Jewellery
(G&J) exports in Top Gear: G&J
exports rise 30% in September 2021
compared to same month last year.
Bright prospects for industry as exports
for April- September 2021 rose 135%
compared to same period last year.
Dharmendra Pradhan
@dpradhanbjp
‘Make in India for the World’. Buoyed
by the reforms, technology-driven
approach and Aatmanirbhar Bharat
abhiyan, Indian defence exports have
risen by 325% in the last 5 years. New
India’s innovation and work culture is
making India a global brand.
TOP TWEETS
I’M THE PARTY PREZ,
SAYS SONIA GANDHI;
BUT WHAT TOOK HER
SO LONG TO DECIDE
hy did it take Sonia
Gandhi so long to
come out and tell the
Congress Working
Committee members
that she is a full-time hands-on
party President when all these
monthsshewasbeingreferredto
as the Acting President? Even
when there was trouble in Pun-
jab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan
Sonia deployed her children Pri-
yanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul
Gandhi as trouble shooters,
while the Group of 23 dissenters
wondered as to who was taking
all the decisions in the party
. Her
announcement will please the
oldguardandquietendissenters.
With the party President mak-
ing it clear as to who is the boss,
the move will take the heat off
Rahul for his sloppy handling of
the leadership crisis in Punjab.
The move will also shield the sib-
lings, especially Rahul, after 2022
election results in Punjab, Uttar
Pradesh, Manipur and Goa.
These states go to polls early next
year. Punjab and UP will, obvi-
ously
, be more keenly watched.
W
eport of India’s
fall from 94th
place to 101 out of
116 countriesin
theGlobalHunger
IndexhasrattledtheMinistry
of Women and Child Develop-
ment which has junked the
methodology used by the re-
searchers to arrive at the con-
clusion. The report places
India behind Myanmar (71)
Nepal (76), Bangladesh (76)
and Pakistan (92). The report
described the level of hunger
in India as “alarming”
In 2020 India was ranked 94
out of 107 countries.
The Global Hunger Index is
based on four indicators--- un-
dernourishment, child wast-
ing, child stunting and child
mortality
. Wasting reflects
acute under-nutrition in chil-
dren under the age of five,
stunting indicates chronic
under-nourishment.Mortality
is about the mortality rate of
children below the age of five.
LastyearalsoIndiawasnot
ready to accept the GHI rank
and had questioned the accu-
racy and the methodology
.
Former Minister of State for
Agriculture Parshottam Ru-
palatoldparliamentinMarch
that hunger reports prepared
by NGOs should be ignored as
even street dogs are fed.
It is easy to dismiss an
NGO’s report if it is not based
on facts or if its methodology
is suspect. But what about an
organisation like UNICEF?
UNICEF said in its report re-
leased in April, “Stunting has
declined steadily since 2000--
- but faster progress is needed
to reach the 2030 target. Wast-
ing persists at alarming
rates…” Nearly half of all
deaths in children under five
are attributable to malnutri-
tion, the report said.
So there’s no logic in
brushing the damning GHI
report under the carpet. Plug
loopholes in programme im-
plementation.
DON’T BE IN A HURRY TO
JUNK THE GHI REPORT
The Global Hunger Index is
based on four indicators---
undernourishment, child
wasting, child stunting and
child mortality. Last year
also India was not
ready to accept the
GHI rank and had
questioned the accuracy
and the methodology
R
HOPE IN THE
FACEOFDESPAIR
e are all trapped in a vice-like
grip today — the deadly
, toxic
‘hold’ of ethnic, emotional, or
fanatical upheaval. A case in
point — call it human decep-
tion, or the fluctuating pro-
gression of the nastiest of
times. From the most sophisti-
catedtothelowestof ‘low-tech’
advancements. And, as the
monstrous threat of natural
calamities, including the on-
goingCOVID-19crisis,seemto
get juxtaposed by war clouds,
wherever you look, or see, a
sudden encounter with griev-
ous injury
, also death, could
occur in a moment of celebra-
tion, happiness, or enjoyment.
Theroof collapse,agun-wield-
ing fanatic, or terrorist, over-
excitedfansatafootballmatch,
or just about anything — in-
cluding a petty vocal brawl
turning into hatred — can
bring gloom. However, it is
nothingshortof amiraclethat
human beings often display
great resilience, courage, and
understandingevento,andfor,
those who may sometimes be
the ‘offenders’ themselves.
The reason? Human beings
are social by nature and, as
psychologists point out, to-
gethernessandsharedexperi-
ences have always helped peo-
ple to deal with dreadful
events. And, just as difficulty
and stress can bring out the
best qualities in some people,
social contacts, unless they
are not overstated, can also be
agreatsourceof succour,com-
fort and recovery
. Not only
that. The clicking of the hour
hand is the best healer, to use
ametaphor,orage-oldmaxim,
because any such bygone oc-
currence is always subject to
surpass time and place and,
thus, become a pictogram of
human reaction to it and also
its emergent acceptance.
A host of events related to
war and conflict have been
buried from time to time.
Many of them, with their own
peculiar constellation of psy-
chic, ethnic, political and reli-
giousinterpolations,havealso
hadthebetterof logic,notjust
emotion. They have been dug
up just as well from the deep
pit and made into raging is-
sues for whatever gain. Not
merely because the history of
conflicts is a stream of ap-
praisal, which only the victor
has been allowed to engrave,
but also because of life’s own
inequities. As William Shake-
speare wrote in “Macbeth:”
“Is this the dagger I see before
me?”Yes,thisinflated‘hold’of
emotional illusions, or recol-
lections, to scenes of war and
crime — and, that distinct af-
finity to faint at the bizarre
‘echo’ of a mine blast — have
all been described in soldiers
who return from the area of
battle and devastation.
People affected by war, or
ethnic tragedy
, are most like-
ly to show feelings of aliena-
tion, sleep difficulties, and
lapse of concentration. It is a
typical aphorism of our dif-
ficult times, where we live in
fear and hope, hope and de-
spair. Yes, such images, gory
and painful, emanate with
cascading effect. Think of
New York 9/11, Mumbai
26/11, or the sombre frames
of war, violence and hatred
that have (dis)placed civilisa-
tions, cultures and societies,
and led them to infamy and
utter disgrace. The spirit of
Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle
of peace and harmony
, would
surelybeagonisedwiththem,
just as much as every peace-
loving citizen on the planet.
Blame it too on flared emo-
tions, dogmas, or anything
else. The inference is obvi-
ous. We cannot assert to be a
part of what may be called
the ‘Happening Age,’ the ep-
och of great scientific and
technological advance, on
the one hand, and ruin on the
other. Perish the thought of
using a plethora of easy to
use, or borrowed, phrases
such as culture, compassion
and unity — primarily be-
cause none of our forebears,
including great leaders, ever
wanted states, or nations, to
spew venom and malice on
the basis of belief.
Besides, we have all been
witness to another parody.
While one has often heard of
the need for reconciliation,
there’s not been a definitive,
significant movement on ei-
ther side of the ‘divide’ to-
wards achieving the goal of
peace, primarily because
most of us have forgotten to
live in harmony, not only
with oneself, but also one’s
surroundings. Yet, there is
hope at the end of the tunnel
— as the case has always been
through history
, where chaos
and disaster have, over time,
ushered in peace and harmo-
ny. This is because hope is
stronger than faith. It sur-
mounts the challenges of the
material domain; it also rec-
ognises our connection with
our world, our desire for
peace and harmony
, notwith-
standing our incessant dilem-
mas. Desmond Tutu, the not-
ed theologian and anti-apart-
heid activist, articulated this
credo best, “Hope is being
able to see that there is light
despite all of the darkness.”
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
W
RAJGOPAL
NIDAMBOOR
Wellness physician, independent
researcher and author
People affected by war,
or ethnic tragedy, are
most likely to show
feelings of alienation,
sleep difficulties, and
lapse of concentration.
It is a typical aphorism of
our difficult times, where
we live in fear and hope,
hope and despair. Yes,
such images, gory and
painful, emanate with
cascading effect
Human beings are social
by nature and, as
psychologists point out,
togetherness and shared
experiences have always
helped people to deal with
dreadful events. And, just
as difficulty and stress can
bring out the best qualities
in some people, social
contacts, unless they are
not overstated, can also be
a great source of succour,
comfort and recovery
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Port Blair (Andaman
and Nicobar): Union
Home Minister Amit
Shah on Saturday held
several meetings with
different groups in Port
Blair before departing
for Delhi.
Among political lead-
ers,ShahmetBJPleaders
Y Satya Kumar and Ajoy
Akhil Bharatiya Vid-
yarthi Parishad (ABVP).
He also met Vishwa
Hindu Parishad (VHP)
membersRavindraNath
Chatterjee, Manoj Ku-
mar Sirohi, Brijesh Pan-
dey and Rajesh Ram.
Apart from this, Shah
also held meetings with
the members of Aan-
ganwadi Karamchari
Sangh, several NGOs,
variousAssociations,lo-
cal representatives and
tribal members from
Andaman and Nicobar.
Shah was on a three-
day visit to Andaman
and Nicobar Islands
from October 15 which
concluded on Sunday
.
Shah on Friday visited
thecellwhereHinduMa-
hasabha leader Vinayak
Damodar Savarkar was
imprisoned at Cellular
Jail in Port Blair, Anda-
man and Nicobar Is-
lands.
Under the ‘
Azadi ka
Amrit Mahotsav’, he
paid floral tributes to
freedom fighters. —ANI
Shah meets different groups in Port Blair
BJP LEADERS MEET
AMONG
POLITICAL
LEADERS, SHAH
MET BJP
LEADERS Y SATYA
KUMAR AND
AJOY BAIRAGI
AND CONGRESS
MP KULDEEP RAI
Sharat K Verma
New Delhi: After
over the top (OTT)
platforms, if creativ-
ity is visible any-
where, it is in govern-
ment excuses to jus-
tify the rising prices
of petrol, diesel, LPG
cylinders, CNG, etc.
Central government
ministers or Bharati-
ya Janata Party lead-
ers come up with
some new excuse eve-
ry day, on the basis of
which they justify the
rising fuel prices. So
many excuses have
been given by the gov-
ernment that even the
supporters of the gov-
ernment are confused
as to which excuse is
most appropriate.
Petroleum market-
ing companies of the
GoI say that the pric-
es of crude oil are in-
creasing in the inter-
national market. The
price of crude oil is
currently $ 82 a bar-
rel, when it was more
than $110 a barrel in
2014. It was then that
the price of petrol in
India was Rs 74 a liter
and now it is Rs 110 a
liter.
However, some
Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) spokes-
persons have linked
the rising prices to
the country's
strength, while some
have linked free food
grains to the poor,
and some have said
that the previous gov-
ernments have left a
huge debt to Iran and
other countries,
which is being repaid.
The Modi govern-
ment has increased
the tax on petrol by
almost four times and
on diesel by almost 10
times, this is the real
reason for inflation,
but except this, all the
other reasons are be-
ing given.
You must have definitely got the free
vaccine. Where will its money come
from? You haven't given! This is how
its money is collected. People are getting the
vaccine from the money the govt is collecting
by increasing the tax on petroleum products.
The question is that when people are being vac-
cinated with their own money by in-
creasing the tax on them, then
why promote free vaccines? And
above all, what about the people
who paid for the vaccine?
—Rameshwar Teli,
MoS for Petroleum and Natural Gas
PRADHAN SAYS
Anita Hada
New Delhi: There was
a stampede in UP Con-
gress recently. Senior
Congress leader Jitin
Prasada left party and
joined BJP. The BJP
made him a member of
the Legislative Council
and made him a minis-
ter in state govt. His
family was associated
with Congress for dec-
ades. After him, Ka-
malapati Tripathi's
great-grandsonLalitesh
Pati Tripathi an-
nounced to leave the
party. He alleged that
the old people are being
ignored in the Cong.
The 'migration' from
Cong by 2 renowned
Brahmin families was a
big setback.
After this, big Dalit
leadersof Bundelkhand
& ex-MLAs Gayadin
Anuragi and Vinod
Chaturvedi left Cong,
went to SP. Congress
leader from Mahoba-
Manoj Tiwari - also
joined the SP. Mean-
while, there was news
that Imran Masood,
strong leader of Cong in
West UP, is going to
leave party. Now
Masood has said that he
will not leave party but
he wants Cong and SP
to fight together.
Masood not leaving par-
ty is a sign that situa-
tion has changed after
Lakhimpur incident.
Migration of leaders in UP
Congress comes to an end!
BJP LEADERS HAVE NEW EXCUSES
EVERY DAY TO JUSTIFY RISING PRICES
THEMOSTRECENTEXCUSEFORTHEMIS
FREECORONAVIRUSVACCINATIONFORALL
Looking forward to working with
you: New Norwegian PM to Modi
Oslo/New Delhi: New
Norwegian Prime Min-
ister Jonas Gahr Stoere
has thanked PM Naren-
dra Modi for his con-
gratulations and said he
looks forward to work-
ing with him to
strengthen Norway-In-
dia cooperation in the
UN Security Council, on
a rules-based world or-
der, on climate chal-
lenge and the Nordic-
India Summit.
Prime Minister Modi
has been invited to at-
tend the India-Nordic
Summit to be held in
2022 in Copenhagen.
The invite was extend-
ed by Danish Prime
Minister Mette Fred-
eriksen during her bi-
lateral meeting with
PM Modi on October 9,
which he has accepted.
India held rotating
presidency in August
this year, will again
hold it in December
2022. Norway will be
holding the rotating
presidency in January
2022. —PTI
JONAS GAHR STØRE @jonasgahrstore
Thank you PM @narendramodi. I
look forward to working with
you to strengthen #Norway
Flag of Norway #India cooper-
ation in #UNSC, on a rules-
based world order, oceans,
environment, energy.
SWEET TWEETS!
NARENDRA MODI @narendramodi
Congratulations @jonasgahrstore
on assuming the office of Prime
Minister of Norway. I look forward to
working closely with you in further
strengthening India-Norway rela-
tions. @statsmin_kontor
Mumbai records zero
Covid death first time
since March 2020
Mumbai: Mumbai has
recorded 0 deaths due to
Covid-19 for the first
time since March 26,
2020. The news was
shared on Twitter by
Aditya Thackeray
, Cabi-
net Minister of Tour-
ism and Environment
for the Government of
Maharashtra as well as,
Iqbal Singh Chahal,
IAS, Commissioner of
Municipal Corporation
of Greater Mumbai
(BMC).
As per BMC, there
were 367 positive pa-
tients in a day, total of
5,030 active cases. The
positivity rate dipped to
1.27% and the recovery
rate stood at 97% as 418
patients were dis-
charged. Mumbai con-
ducted over 28,600 tests
in a day. While the city
has no active contain-
ment zones, 50 building
are still sealed. The
doubling rate is 1,214
days while growth last
week was 0.06%. —PTI
Aaditya Thackeray
@AUThackeray
The good news: Mumbai
has recorded zero covid
deaths, first time since
26th March 2020. Keep the
mask on the face and get
yourself vaccinated if you
haven’t yet!
Iqbal Singh Chahal
@IqbalSinghChah2
Mumbai Reports No Covid
Death For First Time Since
Beginning Of Pandemic.
Help us keep Mumbai safe,
we’re here to serve you!
PM TO INAUGURATE
KUSHINAGAR ARPT
MODI TO ADDRESS
RALLY IN VARANASI
PM will inaugurate In-
dia’s 29th international
airport in Kushinagar on
Oct 20, where Sri Lanka’s
President Gotabaya Raja-
paksa and a 125-member
delegation will be pre-
sent. Kushinagar is place
where Gautam Buddha
attained Mahaparinirvana.
Modi will address one
of biggest rallies in
his constituency, Varanasi
on Oct 25, ahead of UP
Assembly polls scheduled
early next year. The rally
will be held in Mehndi-
ganj village, BJP plans
to ensure a gathering of
more than 2 lakh people.
First India Bureau
Jodhpur: Union Minis-
ter Giriraj Singh on
Sunday said that a re-
view of India-Pakistan
cricket match should be
conducted.
The minister was in
Jodhpur to express con-
dolences on the demise
of Union Jal Shakti
Minister Gajendra Sin-
gh Shekhawat’s mother.
During his Jodhpur
visit, Singh targeted the
Congress saying the par-
ty is doing politics of hy-
pocrisy in the country
.
In Rajasthan, he said
that dalits are being tar-
geted, women are being
raped but the govern-
ment is doing nothing.
“Why doesn’t Con-
gressspeakontheKash-
mir issue?” he asked.
He said that Hindus
are being targeted and
killed in Kashmir but
Congress leaders do not
speak anything on this
but do politics by going
to Lakhimpur.
Theministersaidthat
Congress will vanish
from the country soon.
ReviewofIndia-Pakcricketmatch
shouldbeconducted:GirirajSingh
After terror
attacks in Jammu
and Kashmir, I
believe that when the
relations are not good then
India-Pakistan match
should be reconsidered.
—Giriraj Singh, Union Minister
NEW EXCUSES FOR PETROL, DIESEL
PRICEHIKE!
Amit Shah being welcomed as he arrives in Port Blair on Saturday.
Jitin Prasada
Gayadin Anuragi
Lalitesh Pati Tripathi
Vinod Chaturvedi
New Delhi: There
may be a new 'tax-hit'
on the common people
of the country
. The
Goods and Services
Tax (GST) was imple-
mented under the
schemeof OneNation,
One Tax to give relief
tothepeoplefromindi-
rect tax. Even after
four years of its imple-
mentation, business-
men and traders are
upset and the govern-
mentishappywiththe
tax collection of more
than Rs 1,00,000 crore
every month.
But now the news is
thatthegovernmentis
considering increas-
ingtheminimumrates
of tax. Before
the last meet-
ing of the GST Coun-
cil, news was leaked
that in order to give
relief to the common
people, the Group of
Ministers will bring a
proposal to bring pe-
troleum products un-
der GST. But no such
offer came. Now the
news has been leaked
that the minimum
rates may increase by
1 percent.
Keep in mind that
there are four rates of
GST at present. The
lowestfivepercentand
the highest
being 28%.
Be-
tween this there are
two more slabs of 12
and 18%. The highest
rateisonnon-essential
or luxury items, on
which cess is also lev-
ied. The lowest rate of
5% is on the items of
dailynecessitiesof the
common people. It is
being said that a pro-
posal to increase the
rate of 5 to 6% and 12
to13%willcomeinthe
next meeting of the
Goods and Services
Tax (GST) Council.
If 1% indirect tax is
increased on everyday
things,thenthe
common peo-
ple will be hit
hard in the
midst of rising
inflation.
SHOULD INDIA BRACE FOR
ANOTHER 'TAX-HIT'?
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NewDelhi: The govt
will take a final deci-
sion on vaccinating
children and adoles-
cents against coronavi-
rus on the basis of over-
all scientific rationale
as well as the supply
situation of vaccines
available for those be-
low 18 years old, COVID
Task Force chief VK
Paul said on Sunday
.
Paul, who has been
playing a key role in the
govt efforts in the fight
against the coronavirus
pandemic, also cau-
tioned that even though
infections are coming
down and the second
wave is subsiding, it will
not be fair now to say
that the worst is over
since many countries
haveseenmorethantwo
waves. Currently, three
vaccines Covishield, Co-
vaxin and Sputnik V be-
ing administered in the
country are only for
those above 18 years of
age. All of them are two-
dose vaccines. Zydus
Cadila’s indigenously
developed needle-free
COVID-19 vaccine Zy-
CoV-D is set to become
the first vaccine that
will be available in India
for those in the age
group of 12-18 years. It
hasreceivedEmergency
Use Authorisation
(EUA).
If approved by the
Drugs Controller Gen-
eral of India (DCGI), it
will be the second vac-
cine after ZyCoV-D to
get EUA for use among
those below 18 years.
The National Technical
Advisory Group on Im-
munisation (NTAGI) is
looking at how ZyCov-D
should be positioned for
most optimum use.
Zydus Cadila’s Covid vaccine
will be rolled out soon:VK Paul
CRUCIAL READ
CONG TO START TRAINING CAMPS FOR
PARTY WORKERS FROM 12 NOV
GOVT ROBBING COMMON MAN
SHAMELESSLY: LALU ON INFLATION
New Delhi: Congress has decided to organise training
camps for its workers across the country, the idea of
which was mooted in the working committee meeting
and the first will be held from 12-15 Nov in Gujarat’s
Wardha. Cong General Secretary Organisation K.C.
Venugopal said the party is going for a massive training
programme from top to bottom for the Cong party lead-
ers.The party has decided to undertake regular training
programmes for the leaders and workers at all levels.
Through these programmes,the workers and leaders
will be trained in party ideology,policies,expectation of a
Congress worker,grassroots messaging,election manage-
ments,failures of present govt and countering propaganda.
Patna (Bihar): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu
Prasad Yadav on Sunday slammed the “double engine”
National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-led government in
the Centre over the continuous inflation.”Dear inflation,
how are you associated with the double engine govern-
ment? By making gas, oil, petrol-diesel, vegetables all
expensive, this government is robbing the common
man shamelessly,” tweeted RJD chief. Petrol and diesel
prices reached an all-time high as fuel rates continued
to rise by 35 paise/litre across the country for the fourth
consecutive day on Sunday.With the latest hike, the
petrol price becomes Rs 105.84/litre while diesel will
now cost Rs 94.57/litre in Delhi today.
SCINDIA INAUGURATES SPICEJET FLIGHT
BETWEEN DELHI, TIRUPATI
NCB AN ‘OSTRICH WITH ITS HEAD
BURIED IN THE SAND’: EX-AG ROHATG
DIGVIJAYA SINGH ATTACKS CENTRE
OVER ‘COMMUNALISM’
New Delhi: Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M
Scindia on Sunday inaugurated a Spicejet flight between
Delhi and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. “It would con-
nect the spiritual capital
with the national political
capital. Every year 3.5
crore devotees visit Tiru-
pati,” he said. The flight
would take 2.5 hours to
cover 2,160 km between
Delhi and Tirupati.”The flight would connect the political
state with the spiritual state. It’s a unification of both of
them,” added Scindia.”PM Modi objective is to connect
the small towns under the UDAAN scheme. He wants
the common man to fly. Our target is to make 100 new
airports by 2024 and bring in 1,000 new routes.
Mumbai: Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi
censured the Narcotics Control Bureau calling it an
“Ostrich with its head buried in the sand” while the
Aryan Khan is “paying the
price for being a celeb”.
Aryan Khan, son of Shah-
rukh Khan, was arrested
along with five others by
NCB during a raid at the
Cordelia cruise ship rave
party which was mid-way to Goa on 2 October. Rohatgi
said the law clearly states, “Bail is the norm, jail is an
exception” and the issue settled many years ago by the
Supreme Court, since the most established tenet of the
Constitution is the ‘Right to Life’ and ‘Right to Liberty’,
not only for Indians, but also foreigners in India.
New delhi: Cong leader Digvijaya Singh on Sunday
attacked the central govt over communalism. “Jawa-
harlal Nehru, while addressing AICC in 1958, said that
the ‘communalism of
the majority is far more
dangerous than the com-
munalism of the minority.’
And, it becomes even
worse when it is driven by
the authorities of the State.
We have tough times ahead,” tweeted Singh.Attacking
RSS, he alleged that the organisation’s only agenda is
‘Hindutva’ which has nothing to do with religion. “From
the inception of RSS they have only one agenda and that
is ‘Hindutva’ which has nothing to do with religion.
New Delhi: Assert-
ing the Congress
Working Commit-
tee (CWC) meeting
was just a formal-
ity as Sonia Gan-
dhi has been the par-
ty’s boss for 21 years,
former external af-
fairs minister Nat-
war Singh on Sunday
said there was no con-
crete outcome from
the same.
The Congress
veteran said
the next election for
the party president
will be on September
2022. There was no va-
cancy for the party
president. Sonia Gan-
dhi is the all-time
boss of the Congress
party. She holds all
the reins in the party
for 21 years,” he add-
ed. Singh also took a
jibe at the G-23 (group
of 23 dissenting sen-
ior Congress leaders).
“There was no con-
crete outcome from
the CWC meeting.
G-23 members, who
made a lot of noise
before the meeting,
were quiet during the
meeting,” he told ANI
in an exclusive con-
versation.Responding
to a poser on whether
the CWC meeting was
called to unite the par-
tyleadersaheadof the
upcoming assembly
polls in several states
next year, the former
externalaffairsminis-
ter said the Congress
should work together
otherwise it will lag
behind the Bharati-
ya Janata Party
(BJP)inpolitics.“
And
if this continues, it
willbeleftbehind,”he
added.“I have always
appreciated frank-
ness. There is no need
to speak to me
t h r o u g h
the me-
dia.
CWC MEETING HAD NO OUTCOME, NO
VACANCY FOR PRESIDENT: NATWAR
Party president Sonia Gandhi chaired the Congress Working Committee
(CMC) meeting for discussing on the strategies to be adopted
Emphasising that G-23
is not a separate fac-
tion, Congress leader
Sandeep Dikshit
on Sunday said
the party high
command should
either consider
the demands of the
group or reject them.
Speaking to ANI, Dikshit,
a member of G-23, said,
“G-23 is not a sepa-
rate group. Rather,
the members of
G23 have some
demands to
bring reforms
in the party. The
demands still persist.
As far as the full-time
president is concerned,
Sonia Gandhi said that
she is the full-time presi-
dent so we now come to
know that the party has
a full-time president.”
We have some demands.
The party high command
should either consider
those demands or reject
them. Even today, G-23
has not withdrawn.
CONG HIGH COMMAND SHOULD CONSIDER OR REJECT
OUR DEMANDS: SANDEEP DIKSHIT
Burhanpur: Taking a
dig at the Congress
party over the recent
crisis, MP CM Shivraj
Singh Chouhan said
the party has become a
circus. While speaking
at a rally in Burhanpur,
the CM said, “Rahul
Gandhi is not the
Congress Party. It is
being run by an interim
president Sonia Gandhi.
But Rahul has complete
rights to remove a CM
of a state.” Mention-
ing the Congress party
crisis in Punjab and the
surprise resignation
of Captain Amarinder
Singh, he said, “Singh
was the CM of Punjab
and was running a govt
very smoothly.
MP CM SHIVRAJ SINGH CHOUHAN TAKES DIG AT
CONGRESS, SAYS PARTY HAS BECOME CIRCUS
SINGHU BORDER MURDER CASE
Lakhbir Singh murderer Nihang
Sikh arrested by Punjab police
Centre failed to
provide security to
J&K:Kapil Sibal
Amritsar: A Nihang
Sikh, who was alleged-
ly involved in killing
farm labourer Lakhbir
Singh at Singhu border
on Friday, was arrested
by the Punjab police on
Saturday.
The second accused,
Narayan Singh, was ar-
rested from Rakh Devi-
dass Pura at Amarkot
village in the district.
Rakesh Kaushal, Am-
ritsar Rural SSP, said,
Two Nihangs had alleg-
edly murdered Lakhbir
Singh. One was arrest-
ed by the Haryana Po-
lice and Singh had
managed to escape. A
team of officials was
formed and forces were
deployed around his
house. He had an-
nounced that he would
surrender before the po-
lice on Sat. The SSP fur-
ther said, “He has con-
fessed that they killed
Lakhbir. He says that
when he was told the
Lakhbir insulted Guru
Granth Sahib, he got an-
gry & cut off his leg.
Lakhbir bled to death.
We do know that several countries have
introduced vaccination for adolescents
(people) and children. We will take a fi-
nal decision based on the overall scientific ra-
tionale and the supply situation of the child li-
cenced vaccines, going forward.
—VK Paul, COVID Task Force Chief
Acourt in Sonipat today sent All
three accused - Narayan Singh,
Bhagwant Singh and Govind Preet
Singh - in Singhu border incident
sent to 6-day Police
custody. They were
produced before Sonipat
Court today. On Oct 15,
the body of a man was
found tied to a barricade
at the Singhu border.
The police, while seek-
ing 14-day custody of
the accused argued in
the court that it needs
to identify other co-
accused in the case who the accused
know only by their faces and also
recover some blood-stained clothes
from the time of the crime.
COURT SENDS 3 ACCUSED
TO 6-DAY POLICE CUSTODY
RAHUL ATTACKS
CENTRE OVER
FUEL PRICE HIKE
‘DON’T UPSET PUNJAB
FARMERS’: SHARAD PAWAR
Amid the ongoing farmer’s
protests, Nationalist Congress
Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar
urged the Central government to
avoid upsetting the
protesting farmers
and advised them to
handle the agitation
sensitively as most of
the farmers belong to
the border state Punjab.
On Saturday, while
addressing a press
conference in Pune, the
NCP chief also recalled
the assassination of
former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
and the consequences that country
faced in the past for a troubled
community of Punjab.
New Delhi: Slamming
Rashtriya Swayamse-
vak Sangh boss Mohan
bhagwat, senior leader
of the Kapil Cong Sibal
on Sunday he asked
Bhagwat what develop-
ments Jammu and
Kashmir witnessed,
adding that the Center
has failed to secure the
union’s territory
.
Speaking to ANI,
Sibal said: “I want to re-
member Bhagwat ji
about something he
said in Feb 2018. He said
that the army takes sev-
eral months to be ready
but the RSS can be
ready in 3 days to go to
the front and fight on
the border.The congres-
sional leader claimed
that the Center has
failed to secure J&K. On
the issue of terrorism
in Kashmir, Sibal said:
“We salute those nine
people who are sacrific-
ing their lives for us. We
have lost our children to
terrorists. What is the
development?” Mohan
bhagwatjitalkingabout?
Militancyraisesitshead.
WhileUPAwasinpower,
such things never hap-
pened in Poonch.
The central government should not upset farmers from
Punjab, since it is a border state. In the ongoing agita-
tion, the majority of farmers are from Punjab and it is
a state on the border. If we make the states on the border unsta-
ble, then what are the ramification of it, that has been seen once
before. The country has paid the price for a troubled Punjab.
And, that price has been paid with the assassination of Indira
Gandhi (former Prime Minister).  —Pawar told
RSS CHIEF MOHAN BHAGWAT WILL VISIT
AYODHYA BETWEEN OCTOBER 19-21
Mohan Bhagwat and General Secretary of the party
Dattatreya Hosabale will be visiting Ayodhya from
October 19 to 21 to participate in Akhil Bharatiya
Saririk Varg, RSS sources said. According to sources,
Bhagwat will take part in the Akhil Bharatiya Saririk
Varg, and can also visit Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayo-
dhya. Although the RSS chief will also address the
Saririk Vibhag Abhyas Varg to make the construction of
the Ram temple a subject.
New Delhi: Cong gen-
eral secretary Priyanka
Gandhi Vadra on Sun-
day slammed the cen-
tral government for in-
creasing the prices of
fertilizers ahead of
sowing season.
Priyanka Gandhi, in
a tweet said, “BJP govt
has increased NPK
price by Rs 275 and NP
by Rs 20. Diesel prices
have been increasing
daily and has reached
Rs 100. Under BJP rule,
workers and farmers
are buried under the
burden of inflation.
Only Modi’s friends are
getting richer.”Her
statement came after
the Cabinet Committee
on Economic Affairs
(CCEA) on Thursday an-
nounced that the in-
creased prices of Phos-
phaticandPotassic(PK)
fertilizers approved ear-
lier shall be rolled over
for the whole of 2021-22.
PRIYANKA SLAMS GOVT FOR
FERTILIZER PRICE HIKE
New Delhi: Attacking the
Centre over the fuel price
hike, Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi on Sunday
said the only growth the
country is witnessing is
that of inflation. Citing
a news report about
the hike in fuel prices,
the Congress leader
tweeted “Destruction of
all. Growth of inflation
(Sabka Vinash. Mehangai
ka Vikas) TaxExtortion,”
tweeted Rahul.His re-
marks came as petrol and
diesel prices continued to
rise across the country.
Kapil Sibal
Priyanka Gandhi
VK Paul
Sonia Gandhi Natwar Singh
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DIFFERENT
SHADES OF
POLITICAL
PARTIES BEFORE
ELECTION
As the assembly elections are
around the corner in the
state, the environment in the
state is politically charged with
the ruling party trying its
hardest to retains its power in
the state while many of the
opposition parties are seeing
various discussions regarding
the handling of tickets. While
some in the opposition parties
are happy, certain party workers
are showing their displeasure as
their leader is being the cold
shoulder. The same leader is
following the saying that the
enemy of an enemy is a friend
which is why he is reportedly
meeting various leaders and if
reports are to be believed the
leader has already met leaders
from the saffron party secretly.
The leader has reportedly come
to loggerheads with others in
the party and the effect of such
incidents on the upcoming
elections will be seen over time.
Sources have reported that the
information about infidelities of
leaders of various parties are
reaching the respective current
parties of such leaders and now
in such a situation it’s to be
seen whether these parties
decided to suspend these
leaders or expel them. It may
also happen that some of these
gruntled leaders be appeased
but the situation has party’s
office bearers have a keen eye
on some leaders which has
given rise to various internal
jokes among the party workers.
—First India Bureau
PROBE AND
ACTION AGAINST
POLICE
OFFICIALS FOR
DERELICTION OF
DUTY
Eight persons lost their lives
while several were injured in
Lakhimpur Kheri violence and
people from different political
backgrounds were justifying
killings and accusing others for
the incidents. It was reported
that the role of police and
administration will also be
probed and action will be taken
against officials for dereliction of
duty. Mass lynching by an
aggressive mob has killed
several innocents in the recent
past while political leaders were
hiding their faces behind blames
for others. Increasing rage in
public has become a matter of
concern and it could take a more
ugly turn if responsible continue
with their vested interests. The
lives of innocent people were
more important than
accomplishing lethal political
agendas and taking advantage of
killings.
‘PRIYANKATOBEFACEOFELECTIONCAMPAIGN’
Campaign committee chief said the AICC general secretary is the most popular political figure in the state
First India Bureau
New Delhi: Priyanka
Gandhi Vadra will be
the face of the Con-
gress’ election cam-
paign in UP, party’s
newly-appointed cam-
paign committee chief
P L Punia said on Sun-
day, asserting the AICC
general secretary is
the most popular po-
litical figure in the
state at present. Punia,
who on Friday was
named as the head of
the key 20-member
election campaign
committee of the Con-
gress for the UP polls
next year, noted that
very rarely has the
Congress announced a
chief ministerial face
and said that not hav-
ing declared one till
now will not hamper
the party’s chances as
it already has a person-
ality like Priyanka
Gandhi to lead the
charge against the BJP.
It is a direct contest
between the Congress
and the BJP in the UP
polls as both the Sama-
jwadi Party and the Ba-
hujan Samaj Party have
“fallen behind”  were
“not in the fight any-
more”, Punia told PTI
in an interview. Punia
said Priyanka Gandhi
has fought for truth on
all issues and when the
Lakhimpur Kheri inci-
dent happened, she im-
mediately left to meet
the family of the vic-
tims, and was detained
in Sitapur, but re-
mained determined in
her quest for justice. He
said she was “success-
ful” in her struggle and
went to Lakhimpur
Kheri and Bahraich to
met the families of the
victims. Punia said ear-
lier also be it Sonbhad-
ra, Unnao or Hathras
incidents -- Priyanka
Gandhi had fought for
justice.
“So, the people are
impressed by her and
currently in the entire
state, no politician is
more popular than Pri-
yanka Gandhi. As far as
around whom the cam-
paign will be centred,
we are fortunate that
Priyanka Gandhi is
available for (campaign-
ing) all the time,” he
said. There are always
demands from other
states for Priyanka
Gandhi to campaign 
hold one or two meet-
ings, but in UP she is
available 24X7, Punia
said. “Priyanka ji hi hu-
mara ek chehra hongi
jinke ird-gird poora
election campaign
chalega (the election
campaign will be re-
volve around Priyanka
Gandhi),” he said. Pu-
nia said Lakhimpur
Kheri incident  justice
for farmers would be
important issues in the
elections, asserting that
the way farmers were
“trampled upon”, was a
condemnable incident.
First India Bureau
Bahraich: Two farm-
ers were killed in light-
ning strikes following a
sudden change in
weather while four
farmers were seriously
injured who have been
admitted to the district
hospital for treatment.
The police have taken
the body of the dead in
possession  sent it for
post-mortem. Six peo-
ple, residents of Behada
village of Kharighat po-
lice station area were
hit by lightning on Sun-
day afternoon. It is be-
ing told that Santosh
Kumar, aged 45 years, a
resident of Behda vil-
lage, had gone to plow
the field with a tractor
while 30-year-old Chan-
dan was grazing buffa-
loes in the field. Also,
Jagdish (60), Dhruv Ku-
mar (25),  Shakir (42)
were grazing cattle
nearby
. Suddenly, when
the rain came with
strong winds, everyone
stood under the mango
tree in the field.
Then suddenly with a
strong thunder, light-
ning fell on these six
farmers and all col-
lapsed. Meanwhile, the
relatives who arrived in
a hurry after receiving
information took them
to Community Health
Center Kharighat for
treatment.
First India Bureau
Varanasi: Head consta-
ble Anil Rai (51) com-
mitted suicide by shoot-
ing himself 5 times
with his own carbine in
the police line hostel of
Varanasi in the after-
noon. He was posted as
Diwan in Rural Police.
After getting informa-
tion, SP (Rural) Amit
Verma reached the spot
and investigated the
reasons for the suicide.
The body was sent for
postmortem. Earlier on
September 21, a police-
man posted in Varanasi
Rural had also commit-
ted suicide.
The investigation is
still going at the scene
of the incident. The
reason for the suicide
is not yet known in the
case of Anil who com-
mitted suicide by firing
indiscriminately at
himself. According to
information, Harikesh
Rai, father of head con-
stable Anil Rai, is a
resident of the Kotwali
area of Bareilly while
the wife and children
live in Jaunpur. Police
Commissioner Crime/
Headquarters Subhash
Dubey told that Anil
had built a house in
Murshidabad, Jaun-
pur. He has two sons
who are studying for
graduation. Wife Sad-
hna Rai lives in Jaun-
pur with both the
sons. Dubey told that
Anil was selected as a
constable in the 1991
batch. A few days ago, a
minister came to Chan-
dauli and Anil Rai was
put in his duty. No con-
crete reason behind
this suicide has been
revealed.
First India Bureau
Pratapgarh: Criminals
opened fire on a police
team that had gone to
raid an area under the
Lalganj police station in
Pratapgarh district on
Saturday night causing
injury to 2 policemen
and 1 criminal. The in-
jured policemen and
criminals were taken to
medical college from
where they were re-
ferred to Prayagraj.
A team of police had
gone to Babu Tara vil-
lage under Lalganj po-
lice station to arrest a
criminal about whom it
had earlier received in-
formation about. The
criminals upon seeing
the police opened fire at
the team causing gun-
shot wounds to SWAT
team constable Satyam
Yadav and Shriram Sin-
gh posted at Lalganj po-
lice station. The police
then opened retaliatory
firing during which a
criminal named Tau-
feeq got shot and later
arrested by the team.
All the injured were
taken to medical college
from where the doctors
referred them to Praya-
graj for further treat-
ment. SP Satpal Antil
said that the police had
received information
that several criminals
were holed up in Babu
Tara village following
which a team of police-
men had gone to raid
the village and nab the
criminals. He added
that seeing the police
team the criminals
opened fire at the un-
suspecting police team
during which the 2 con-
stables were injured.
He further added that
the police then had to
open retaliatory firing
causing injury to an ac-
cused named Taufeeq.
SP Satpal Antil said
that while all the in-
jured are being treated
in the Prayagraj, a man-
hunt has been launched
to nab the other crimi-
nals involved in the in-
cident. He added that
during the raid the po-
lice team recovered il-
legal pistols and car-
tridges from the spot.
First India Bureau
Bareilly: UP Special
Task Force (STF) has
arrested two members
of an international
drug peddling gang and
recovered drugs worth
Rs 1 crore from them.
STF sources here said
that with the help of a
tip-off, the STF team ar-
rested Mohammad Yu-
suf alias Hafiz  Usman
from Shahgarh colony
in Bareilly district. One
mobile phone, Rs 7.40
lakh cash, 1.80-kilo-
gram drugs were recov-
ered from the arrested
accused.
During interroga-
tion, Usman told police
that he was supplying
drugs to Mohammad
Yusuf, Mushtaq  Arif
for a long time. It was
also revealed that Us-
man  his wife Rihana
was arrested for drug
peddling by STF a few
months back. More
than 17 criminal cases
were registered against
Usman under drug ped-
dling and other charges
and further investiga-
tions are underway
. The
police were trying to
fetch criminal records
of other accused as he
was involved in drug
peddling for a long time.
First India Bureau
Lucknow: The
Teams from
Health Depart-
ment will soon go
door-to-door in
search of patients
who show symp-
toms like fever, co-
rona, dengue, ma-
laria, and filaria-
sis along with the
search for mal-
nourished people
in the state. The
program will start
on 19th October
from Prayagraj 
the Health Depart-
ment has set up a
total of 4196 teams
to get the task
done. The teams
which will visit
every house in the
village, town  cit-
ies will make a list
of people who
have been showing
symptoms like fe-
ver and cough for
more than 2 weeks
and such patients
will be shifted to
the hospital for
treatment along
with conduction
of tests for Dengue
and corona.
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‘CM  MOS GUILTY
OF PROTECTING MISHRA’
COP HANGS SELF
IN POLICE LINES
Chief Minister Adityanath  Union minister of
state for home Ajay Mishra were both “guilty”
of protecting the accused in the case, he al-
leged. Punia said “real justice” will be done
when the minister is removed and pointed out
that a high level delegation under Rahul Gan-
dhi has also met President Kovind to press for
this demand. Asked if having not declared a
CM face till now would hamper the Congress’
chances in the UP polls, Punia said Congress
rarely declares a CM face whether it is Uttar
Pradesh or other states.
On September 21, the
police officer Bab-
ban Ram Dewan, a
resident of Ballia had
also committed suicide
by hanging himself in
the barracks of Police
Lines. Investigation is
still going at the scene
of incident.
Lightning strike kills 2 farmers in Bahraich
THE DAMAGE
Miscreants attack
police team during
raid in Pratapgarh
Police constable shoots self
in Varanasi’s Police Line hostel
HEALTH DEPT
TO CONDUCT
DOOR-TO-
DOOR VISITS
UP STF nabs 2 with
drugs worth `1
crore in Bareilly
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Nishant Nagar
Agra: The whole coun-
try is celebrating the
corona vaccination of
100 crore people in In-
dia. In this sequence,
District Magistrate Pra-
bhu Narayan Singh and
SSP Muniraj took out a
Corona Vaccination Cy-
cle rally from the dis-
trict headquarters.
After going up to
Fatehpur Sikri, this ral-
ly reached back to the
district headquarters.
During this 100 km of
cycling was done.
The team of Agra Po-
lice was constantly
there for the safety of
the cyclists and they
were welcomed by the
police at Fatehpur
Sikri.
DM Prabhu Narayan
Singh said that we are
doing 100 km cycle ride
to celebrate the achieve-
ment of administering
100 crore vaccines.
Starting from the dis-
trict headquarters, the
rally went to Fatehpur
Sikri. After completing
the 50 km journey here,
we are going back to the
district headquarters.
This ride has been
named Corona Vaccine
Ride.
Agra DM, SSP cycle 100 km to celebrate 100cr Covid vaccinations
MILESTONE

The event that
attracted cycle
enthusiasts
was held
from Agra
to Fatehpur Sikri
completing the
100 km course Agra DM Prabhu Narayan Singh and SSP Muniraj along with cyclists on Sunday.
CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENT
BJP PLAYS TRUMP CARD
BJP- backed Nitin Agarwal set to
be Dy Speaker of UP Assembly
Lucknow: Nitin Agar-
wal, who was elected
as a legislator on the
Samajwadi Party tick-
et but then cozied up to
the ruling BJP, is all
set to be the deputy
speaker of the Uttar
Pradesh Assembly
with the support of the
saffron party.
A miffed Samajwadi
Party, which has field-
ed Narendra Verma as
its official candidate
for the contest that is
taking place just
months ahead of the
2022 assembly polls,
hit out at the BJP, ac-
cusing it of trying to
sabotage democracy,
and asserted that the
post should tradition-
ally go to the opposi-
tion party
.
After the election on
Monday
, Uttar Pradesh
will get its first Deputy
Speaker of the Legisla-
tive Assembly after a
gap of over 14 years. In
the 2017 assembly
polls, the BJP had won
304 seats in the
403-member UP Legis-
lative Assembly and
its majority in the
House will ensure
Agarwal’s victory
.
Samajwadi Party
had moved the Speak-
er seeking disqualifi-
cation of Nitin Agar-
wal from Assembly 5-6
months and around
15-20 days back the
Speaker rejected the
petition.
“The BJP has fol-
lowed all parliamen-
tary traditions. The
post is (generally) re-
served for the princi-
pal opposition party.
You (Samajwadi Par-
ty) were not able to
give a candidate, and
when a candidate
came, it was Nitin
Agarwal, and we are
supporting him. We
have come here to give
respect to the parlia-
mentary traditions,”
Adityanath later told
reporters.
Reacting to the op-
position’s criticism,
Parliamentary Affairs
Minister Suresh Khan-
na said Nitin Agarwal
became an MLA on an
SP ticket, and even to-
day is an SP MLA.
“All the parliamen-
tary traditions were
followed. And if there
are two candidates in
the fray, there will be
voting,” he said.
Nitin Agarwal wore
a blue ‘patka’ bearing
the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slo-
gan at the time of fil-
ing his nomination.
His father and former
UP minister Naresh
Agarwal was also pre-
sent.
“I have submitted
four sets of nomina-
tion papers. Those
who have proposed my
name are Congress
MLA from Harchand-
pur Rakesh Pratap
Singh, BSP MLA from
Purva Anil Singh, Cab-
inet ministers Suresh
Khanna, Swami Pras-
ad Maurya and Ashu-
tosh Tandon, minister
Chhatrapal Singh, and
MLA Rajpal Verma,”
MLA Nitin Agarwal
told PTI during an in-
teraction .
After filing the nom-
ination papers, the
MLA said that he has
not formally joined the
BJP. —PTI
NO SABOTAGE, EVERYTHING WITHIN
PURVIEW OF REGULATIONS: KHANNA
Lucknow: On allegations by the opposition parties
of Uttar Pradesh, which were led by Akhilesh Yadav
led Samajwadi, that the BJP is trying to sabotage
democracy, parliamentary affairs minister Suresh
Khanna went on to clarify, “These allegations are be-
ing levelled for a long time, and there is no strength
in them. What is sabotage? I don’t think so. It is
within the purview of the rules and regulations of
the House.”
CM YOGI ADITYANATH, STATE BJP CHIEF
PRSENT DURING NOMINATION PROCESS
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and UP BJP chief
Swatantra Dev Singh were present during the
filing of nomination of Nitin Agarwal for the post
of Deputy Speaker of the legislative assembly on
Sunday. Nitin Agrawal’s father Naresh Agarwal
had quit the Samajwadi Party and joined the BJP
in 2018.
After the election on Monday, Uttar Pradesh Assembly will be all set to get Nitin Agrawal, as a
Deputy Speaker after a long gap of 14 years.
UP needs Yogya
govt, not Yogi
govt: Akhilesh
First India Bureau
Lucknow: Samajwa-
di Party president
and former Uttar
Pradesh chief minis-
ter Akhilesh Yadav
Sunday attacked the
BJP, saying the state
needs a ‘yogya’ (com-
petent) government
and not a Yogi gov-
ernment.
Speaking to re-
porters he further al-
leged the BJP “be-
lieves in filling pock-
ets instead of pot-
holes.”
“UP needs a ‘yog-
ya’ (competent) gov-
ernment and not a
Yogi government,”
he said.He was
speaking after for-
mer UP chief of Ba-
hujan Samaj Party
RS Kushwaha and
former MP Kadir
Rana joined the SP.
“At a number of plac-
es, the price of petrol
has crossed Rs 100
per litre, and the pub-
lic is forced to buy
everything at a high-
er price. The prices
of diesel and LPG
cylinders have also
increased”, said
Akhilesh. —PTI
State President of Pradesh Rajya Karmachari Sanyukt
Parishad Harikishore Tiwari, former UP Chief of BSP RS
Kushwaha, former MP Kadir Rana and many other leaders
joined SP on Sunday in presence of Akhilesh Yadav.
CASTE CENSUS
Two thrashed
during idol
immersion
First India Bureau
Mau:Two members of
Durga Puja committee
were thrashed in a clash
during idol immersion
in Kopaganj town on
Sunday
.
Police sources here
said that some miscre-
ants attacked on puja
committee members af-
ter a feud that cropped
due to dancing on DJ
songs during idol im-
mersion.
It was reported that
all other Puja commit-
tee members halted the
procession and de-
manded arresting of
miscreants who at-
tacked on devotees.
One Amit Jaiswal
and Ritesh Gupta were
injured in attack of
miscreants. Senior po-
lice officials rushed to
spot, when the devotees
protested against police
administration about
the incident.
VIP’s electoral debut
with Nishad rallies in UP
Man pleads before ‘Ram’
against police atrocities
First India Bureau
Lucknow: The Vi-
kassheel Insaan Party
(VIP) of Bihar will
make its electoral debut
in Uttar Pradesh by
holding ‘Nishad Chet-
na’ rallies in the state.
VIP plans to organise
public meetings in the
state’s eastern districts,
which have a sizeable
population of the Ni-
shad community, up to
October 31.
According to VIP
President and Bihar
minister Mukesh Sah-
ni, Nishads should not
be a seeker but a part-
ner in governance and
must ‘wield power’.
The VIP, according to
sources, plans to coun-
ter the Nishad Party
which has entered into
an alliance with the rul-
ing BJP in Uttar
Pradesh.
The two parties, both
banking on Nishad
votes, have been locked
in a war of words in re-
cent weeks.
The Nishad Party, led
by Sanjay Nishad,
which is supporting the
BJP government in the
state, is already in the
fray and fighting for
reservation for the com-
munity
.
Sahni said in an obvi-
ous reference to the Ni-
shad Party, that “some
selfish Nishad leaders
are working for the ben-
efit of their families”.
The demands raised
by the party include res-
ervation for Nishads,
Kewats, Binds, Kashy-
aps and other commu-
nities.
First India Bureau
Basti: Somnath Ni-
shad, a resident of Ut-
tar Pradesh’ Basti dis-
trict, has reached Ayod-
hya wearing a banner
and carrying a placard.
He is pleading before
Lord Ram to help him
get justice from police
“atrocities”.
Nishad, who has trav-
elled 70 km on foot from
Basti to Ayodhya, told
reporters that the local
police have lodged sev-
eral fake criminal cases
against him.
“I have knocked on
every door but no one
has helped me. I have no
hope left for getting jus-
tice there so I have come
to Lord Ram because he
is almighty. I am confi-
dent that I will get jus-
tice here,” he said.
Nishad said that trou-
ble began in a clash
with some residents in
his village earlier this
year and the then Sub-
Inspector Deepak Singh
filed a case against him.
“He booked me under
the Gonda Act and I
have been pleading
with all police officers
to review my case but
no one has done so,” he
said.
Vikassheel Insaan Party Chief
Mukesh Sahni.
Proposed model of Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya.
SP forms Baba Saheb Vahini to
garner Dalit votes across UP
First India Bureau
Lucknow: With an
eye on the Dalit vote
bank before next
year’s assembly elec-
tions in Uttar
Pradesh, the Sama-
jwadi Party set up ‘Sa-
majwadi Baba Saheb
Ambedkar Vahini’
and appointed Mithai
Lal Bharti, a former
BSP leader, as its pres-
ident on Saturday
.
Party spokesperson
Rajendra Chaudhary
said in a statement
here that SP national
president Akhilesh
Yadav announced the
formation of ‘Sama-
jwadi Baba Saheb
Ambedkar Vahini’.
The party president
nominated Bharti as
the national president
of the vahini and ex-
pects him to form its
national executive
soon and submit de-
tails for approval, the
statement said.
Akhilesh Yadav had
announced the forma-
tion of Baba Saheb
Vahini on April 14,
the birth anniversary
of B R Ambedkar, but
action was not taken
then.
Bharti was earlier
associated with the
Bahujan Samaj Party
and he held many im-
portant positions, in-
cluding that of zonal
coordinator of
Purvanchal. He had
also been incharge of
some states, the state-
ment said.
About two years
ago, he joined the Sa-
majwadi Party, ex-
pressing faith in the
policies of the party
and Yadav’s leader-
ship.
The meaning of life is an
individual concept, there are as
many meanings as there are
humans on this planet.
—Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO  Editor-in-Chief, First India
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FASHION CONNECT SEASON 10
ichael Cinco, a Dubai-
based Filipino designer
best known for his fabu-
lous couture gowns. His
innate creativity and
masterful techniques
have catapulted him to
the front ranks of fashion. He has
cultivated a dedicated following for
the luxe and intricacy of his de-
signs, with their fresh, elegant and
detailed juxtapositions of fabric
and Swarovski crystals.
Jagdeesh Chandra graced the oc-
casion as the Chief Guest and fe-
licitated Michael for his dynamic
collection. Brand ambassador Rish-
ee Miglani, Director Lokesh Shar-
ma and GM Fairmont Rajiv Kapoor
thanked the elite audience for their
support.
Urvashi stunned us while wear-
ing the royal ball gown as she
walked the ramp for designer Mi-
chael Cinco. Urvashi was the show
stopper for the event and she made
us too, stop and stare at her in com-
plete awe. The massive ball gown
showcased intricate detailing. The
lavender, white and pink flower pat-
tern spread all over the piece stood
out completely. Urvashi tied her
hair in a bun and opted for a heavy
silver hairpiece. She chose a brown
colour shade for eyes and nude col-
our for lips. She wore a complete
fairy tale cinderella dress. Actor-
comedian Sunil Grover also walked
down the ramp with Urvashi in an
all-silver traditional attire.
Michael designed the $1Million
wedding gown of Swarovski heiress
Victoria Swarovski, one of the most
expensive wedding gowns in history
.
THE FIRST INDIA FASHION CONNECT SEASON 10, HELD
RECENTLY AT HOTEL FAIRMONT JAIPUR SHOWCASED A
GRAND FINALE BY INTERNATIONAL DESIGNER MICHAEL
CINCO. ACE ACTRESS AND SUPERMODEL URVASHI
RAUTELA AND ACTOR-COMEDIAN SUNIL GROVER
WALKED THE RAMP AS THE SHOWSTOPPERS OF THE
MEGA EVENT!
Cinco’s Roaring
COLLECTION
MITALI DUSAD
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M
“A Michael Cinco
woman is moneyed.
She may not be born
into royalty but she
better be married
into one. My clothes appear
seamless. They look heavy
and yet they float. They look
expensive simply because
they are.” —MICHAEL CINCO
Models walking the ramp
(From left): Urvashi Rautela, Kanishtha Dhankar and Sunil Grover
Urvashi Rautela, Michael Cinco and Sunil Grover
—PHOTOS
BY
SANTOSH
SHARMA
DR MRIDUL BHASIN
aipur as the capi-
tal city of the state
of Rajasthan can
be called the cul-
tural centre of the
nation. It is re-
plete with history,
culture and all the contex-
tual subjects referable to it
like music, dance, design,
clothing, food, crafts and
architecture. So many sub-
ject specialists have taken
inspiration from the city
yet none came closer to the
iconic creation by Charles
Correa who conceptual-
ized and created Jawahar
Kala Kendra. The concept
and history of the cultural
centre set the context for
the Potpourri column here
best as the great architect
designer’s idea and assimi-
lation expresses - ‘Jawahar
Kala Kendra itself encases
all that history, art and cul-
ture stand for.’
The centre’s architec-
tural design and space uti-
lization is based on
Jaipur’s historical plan by
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh
the second who was a
scholar, mathematician,
astronomer and a lover of
every kind of art our coun-
try cherished. Sawai Jai
Singh’s city plan, guided
by the Shilpa Shastras,
was based on the ancient
Vedic mandala of nine
squares or houses repre-
senting the nine planets. It
included two imaginary
ones: Ketu and Rahu. As
Charles Correa said, ‘The
design of JKK comes from
the city of Jaipur itself,
which was based on the
nine squares each repre-
senting nine planets.’ His
plan invokes the original
navagraha or nine house
mandala directly. One of
the squares of the centre is
pivoted to recall the origi-
nal city plan and also to
create the entrance. In the
Kendra, the squares are
defined by 8m high walls
and are a symbol of the for-
tification walls of the old
city of Jaipur. The use of
pink and beige sandstone
and marble inlay, the wall
paintings, the stepwell de-
sign in the Madhyvarti all
recall the wealth of mate-
rial, design and crafts the
state of Rajasthan houses.
Externally, the planets
appear on the red sand-
stone facades as symbols
inlaid in white marble and
granite. The plan configu-
ration of nine squares cor-
responds internally to the
mythological qualities of
each planet. Mars signifies
power, so the place of Mars
houses the offices of ad-
ministration; Guru repre-
sents knowledge, and so
forms the museum library;
Venus as the artistic sign
encloses the theatre com-
plex, and so on. At the very
centre of the universe, and
imparting to the planets its
creative energy, the sun
manifests in the stepped
amphitheatre, a reservoir
of knowledge and conflu-
ence of aesthetic experi-
ence, of meeting and re-
flection. The journey
through the building is
marked by a diversity of
spatial variations. There
are chawks big enough to
be an amphitheatre, there
are long corridor spaces to
be used as the art galleries,
the food space, smaller
rooms that are used for art
expositions and work-
shops or a curio shop. As
one moves through the cor-
ridors a sense of heritage,
design and an ancestral
vocabulary unfold.
The cultural expres-
sions of delving deep into
its own past, recreating it
as Charles Correa did so
beautifully in architectur-
al innovation of JKK, has
not happened so success-
fully within the city of
Jaipur or the state of Ra-
jasthan. State’s creative
tendril has gone far be-
yond the state to inspire
designers, singers and
painters beyond the
boundaries of our coun-
try. We will be talking
about all that in our cul-
tural potpourri column to
underline the inspiration-
al value of Jaipur’s herit-
age. The world of art, fash-
ion clothing, design, ar-
chitecture, films, jewel-
lery both royal as well as
tribal and folk music have
enhanced aesthetic expe-
rience and business both
for the world not to men-
tion the travel and tour-
ism potential the state of
Rajasthan enjoys because
of this. It would be worth
exploring the impact of
Rajasthan’s heritage. Has
it generated innovation in
indigenous talents? Does
it generate replicas? Does
it encourage innovations
or fusion within home and
abroad? The kind of inter-
pretative impact it had on
Charles Correa is highly
symbolic and layered. Yet
the viewer’s response to
Jawahar Kala Kendra as
an iconic space is that of
‘rasanubhuti,’ as the great
aesthete Abhinav Gupt
states in his treatise on
aesthetics.
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CHANCHAL TANWANI, MODEL
LEO
JULY 24 - AUGUST 23
Carelessness at work can
get you on the wrong side
of a senior. A family
gathering is likely to
provide you a chance to meet
everyone. Someone is likely to help
you in getting a good property deal.
Those eligible may do well to take
some time to think over a marriage.
LIBRA
SEPT 24 - OCTOBER 22
You will need to adhere to
strict dietary control to
keep good health. On the
professional front, you
may find sharing someone’s
workload a bit distasteful, but you
will keep up the façade of a willing
worker. Avoid risks on the road
today.
ARIES
MAR 21 - APR 20
You are likely to take a
break from your hectic
work schedule. Your
actions may arouse
suspicion and get parents on your
back. You are likely to benefit from a
property related matter. Something
that had been worrying you in the
past is likely to get resolved.
SAGITTARIUS
NOV 23 - DEC 22
Some of you may get a step
closer to coming back in
shape. Despite your efforts,
a decision regarding
property may not go in your favour.
Marriage is on the anvil for the eligible.
You can have a soft corner for
someone you feel attracted to at
workplace.
GEMINI
MAY 21 - JUNE 21
Suitable accommodation is
likely to be taken on rent
by those looking for one.
Blaming someone else for
your mistakes on the work front may
show you in a bad light. Those
staying separated from the family are
likely to get a chance to visit home
which shall rejuvenate them.
AQUARIUS
JAN 21 - FEB 19
Starting something new on
the professional front is
likely to have better financial
prospects. Encouraging
developments on the career front are
foreseen for some. You may remain in
celebratory mood on the social front as
you enjoy your popularity within your
circle of friends and relations.
TAURUS
APR 21 - MAY 20
Satisfaction on the
professional or academic
front may elude you, but it
will not deter you to
perform well. Disturbances at home
will need to be curtailed to retain a
peaceful environment. Don’t give any
information about a property deal to
those you don’t know well.
CAPRICORN
DEC 23 - JAN 20
You will be able to
effectively curb expenses.
You will have to put your
trust in people, if you want
to establish yourself on the
professional front. Acquiring new
property is on the cards for some.
Help in household chores will be
forthcoming.
VIRGO
AUG 24 - SEP 23
Disinterest will be apparent
in a task assigned to you
on the professional front.
Much caring and sharing at
home is likely to keep you happy and
contented. Something that you had
wanted to initiate on the home front
may face delays, but will ultimately
be done.
CANCER
JUNE 22 - JULY 23
A chance to become part
of a prestigious organiza-
tion is on the horizon for
some. Some domestic
responsibilities will have to be
discharged promptly to keep the
domestic boat from rocking! Don’t
take any decisive step regarding a
property, as it can be unfavourable.
PISCES
FEB20 - MARCH 20
Financial position will
remain satisfactory, but
overspending should be
guarded against. A
satisfying day is foreseen for
professionals. A marriage proposal
for the eligible in the family can be
received. Property acquired recently
promises to give good returns.
SCORPIO
OCT 23 - NOVEMBER 22
You will find things moving
the way you want them at
work. Your focus can be
health at this juncture and
taking up an exercise regimen just to
come back in shape cannot be ruled
out. Tensions on the family front
cannot be ruled out. A property issue
is best left untouched today.
YOUR
DAY
Horoscope by
Saurabbh Sachdeva
POTPOURRI: Looking
Inwards for Inspiration
J
Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
nushka Shar-
ma shared a
lovey-dovey
post of her
life with hus-
band-skip-
per Virat
Kohli after being
quarantined at the
venue of the India-
Pakistan T20 World
Cup match, to be
held on October 24.
Taking to her Insta-
gram handle, Anush-
ka shared a series of
pictures from a UAE
hotel, where the Indian
team is staying for the
upcoming match T20
World Cup match against
Pakistan. In pictures,
Anushka captured Virat
standing a few balconies
away from her and
also of him wav-
ing to her
from the
lawn below.
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A CHUCKLESOME
MARRIAGE?
REVIVING OLD
MELODIES! A
fter launching the
action-packed
trailer of the movie,
‘Sanak – Hope Under
Siege’, the makers have
unveiled the first romantic
track ‘O Yaara Dil Lagana’
featuring Vidyut Jammwal
and Rukmini Maitra.‘O
Yaara Dil Lagana’ is going
to be a visual treat for
all the music buffs, it’s
a reprised version of the
original song from the
movie ‘Agnisakshi’ (1996)
Jackie Shroff, Manisha
Koiral. —CityFirst
WEDDING BELLS!
B
ill Gates and Melinda Gates’ daugh-
ter Jennifer Gates tied the knot
with her equestrian boyfriend Nayel
Nassar on Saturday in Westchester County,
New York, as confirmed by People. The
couple exchanged their vows in a small
ceremony, ceremony as per reports.
Jennifer and Nayel’s marriage comes a year
after they announced their engagement in
2020. Jennifer’s parents Bill and Melinda
jointly walked her down the aisle at the
ceremony. Jennifer and Nayel’s guestlist
for the wedding reportedly consisted of
300 guests. —Agency
G
al Gadot is coming back as Wonder
Woman for a third film and the big
news was recently confirmed by di-
rector Patty Jenkins on Saturday
, Oc-
tober 16, at the DC Fandom 2021 event. Jen-
kins provided an update on the film being
in the works and promised it was going
to be exciting during a chat with for-
mer Wonder Woman from
the 70s series, Lynda
Carter. Jenkins who
has helmed the past
two Wonder Woman
films spoke about her
character, “We’re super
excited about Wonder
Woman 3.”
—Agency
RETURN OF
WONDER
WOMAN!
Kohli after being
quarantined at the
venue of the India-
Pakistan T20 World
Cup match, to be
held on October 24.
Taking to her Insta-
gram handle, Anush-
ka shared a series of
pictures from a UAE
hotel, where the Indian
team is staying for the
upcoming match T20
World Cup match against
Pakistan. In pictures,
Anushka captured Virat
standing a few balconies
STAYING
SAFE
SATURDAY
NIGHT!
Kim Kardashian proved her haters
wrong by making her successful Sat-
urday Night Live debut. It was also
Adele’s epic week as the Grammy-
winning musician hosted a surprise
Instagram Live, announced her
highly-awaited album ti-
tled 30 and dropped its lead
single, Easy On Me.
—Agency
CELEBRATIONS!
CELEBRATIONS!
F
ashion Connect Director and ace choreogra-
pher Lokesh Sharma celebrated his
birthday with friends at Cafe Bae,
Jaipur on Friday, October 15.
Various prominent personalities
like Rishee Miglani, Ayan
Chugh, Jassi Chhabra, An-
jula and Mohit Falod, Wrick-
ie Angrish greeted him on
the occasion. —City First
Ayan Chugh and Rishee Miglani
Lokesh and girls
Wrickie Angrish
Mohit Falod, Lokesh with the guests
Kim Kardashian
Akash Gupta and Nitika Seth
Britney Spears
...her post
Anushka Sharma
SCARED SPEARS!
An enraged Spears vented on Insta-
gram, expressing her concerns for the
future and her rage at the system. “I’ll
just be honest and say I’ve waited so
long to be free from the situation I’m
in,” she wrote. She further penned,
“Now that it’s here I’m scared to do an-
ything because I’m afraid I’ll make a
mistake!!!,” she wrote. ” —Agency
T
he celebrated stand-up
comedian and winner
of Comicstaan 2, Akash
Gupta, got engaged to the
love of his life, Nitika Seth
on Sunday. ‘The Sky Gupta, ’
as reads his Instagram, was
seen wearing a stunning
black Sherwani from Jatin
Malik couture while the
to-be bride was captured in
a scintillating blue gown.
Content creator Kusha Kapila
congratulated the happy
couple and wished them a
beautiful life ahead.
—City First
Nayel Nassar and Jennifer Gates Rukmini Maitra and Vidyut Jamwal
...her post
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Diesel also increased by 35 paise and soared to Rs 94.99 per litre. The traders associated with petroleum sector said the prices are likely to increase for the next some days due to hike in crude oil prices ‘GOVT KILLINGS’ HAVE REPLACED ‘CONTRACT KILLINGS’: RAUT PETROL, DIESEL PRICES HIKED AGAIN CORONA CATASTROPHE UP INDIA 14,146 new cases 144 new fatalities 10 new cases 00 new fatalities Low pressure area over southeast Arabian sea reason behind downpour 12 bodies were recovered from Kottayam district on Sunday morning IMD predicts slight relief in Kerala rains from today onwards Army, NDRF, police and fire force along with locals are carrying on rescue operations since Sunday morning at Koottickal and Kokkayar panchayats 2 3 4 1 WILD WEATHER WILD WEATHER BATTERS SOUTH BATTERS SOUTH WILL PROVIDE ALL POSSIBLE SUPPORT, TWEETS AMIT SHAH New Delhi: Union home minister Amit Shah assured all possible support for the people in need in Kerala. “We are continuously monitoring the situa- tion in parts of Kerala in the wake of heavy rainfall and flooding. The central government will provide all possible support to help the people in need. Teams of NDRF have already been sent to assist,” the home minister tweeted. ANDHRA GETS HIGHEST RAIN OF 200 MM IN TWO DAYS TELANGANA: HEAVY TO VERY HEAVY RAINFALL LIKELY TODAY Visakhapatnam: The state received more than 200 mm of rainfall at many places due to the presence of a low pressure over the state. On Saturday alone, Gollaprolu in East Godavari received the state’s highest rainfall of 114.25 mm, Mandasa in Srikakulam 87mm while Vizag city received a maximum of 36 mm of rainfall. The low pressure, which was formed over the east-central Bay of Bengal on Dasara was slowly moving towards west Uttar Pradesh via the coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Hyderabad: An orange alert has been sounded by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), indicating the pos- sibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall. There will be heavy rains on October 18 along with thunderstorms and lightning, IMD said. Hyderabad will have light to moderate rains but there are chances of intense spells of rains. 21 KILLED IN KERALA 21 KILLED IN KERALA RAINS, DOZENS MISSING RAINS, DOZENS MISSING Narendra Modi @narendramodi Spoke to Kerala CM Shri @vijayanpinarayi and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rains and landslides in Kerala. Authorities are working on the ground to assist the injured and affected. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being Cochin: At least 21 people have been killed in Kerala as heavy rain triggered landslides in Idukki and Kottayam districts. Lord Ayyap- pa devotees have been asked to avoid visiting Sabarimala Temple to- day and tomorrow. The rescue ops were under- way . Due to the heavy rain in the district, the water levels continue to rise in the catch- ment areas of dams. The shutters of the Maniyar dam have been opened due to an increase in the water levels in the reservoir. A man wades through slush caused by landslide following heavy rains in Kerala’s Idukki district. Last chance for resurrection: Sidhu pens 13 points to Sonia New Delhi: Just days after Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu claimed to have solved all differences after meeting Rahul, he on Sunday wrote a letter to party president Sonia Gandhi, seeking a meet- ing to present a 13-point agenda for the party’s campaign for the As- sembly polls due next year. Stating that this is “Punjab’s last chance for resurrection and re- demption,” Sidhu sought a personal meet- ing with Sonia Gandhi. Among the points highlighted by Sidhu in the letter are justice in the sacrilege cases, Pun- jab’s drugs menace, ag- ricultural issues, em- ploymentopportunities, and welfare of back- ward classes. 2 Bihar labourers shot by terrorists in Kashmir Srinagar: Two labour- ers from Bihar were gunned down by terror- ists on Sunday, taking the number of civilians killedintargetedattacks in Jammu and Kashmir this month to 11. Terrorists opened fire at the labourers at Vanpoh in Kulgam dis- trict on Sunday. Anoth- er labourer was injured in the incident. The kill- ings came a day after a gol-gappa hawker from Bihar and a carpenter from Uttar Pradesh were shot dead by ter- rorists in the Valley . Of the 11 people killed in the spate of at- tacks on civilians, five were from other states. This indicates that the terrorists want to drive people from other states out of Kashmir, an offi- cial said. MECCA DROPS SOCIAL DISTANCING  The Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, has returned to operat- ing at full capacity, with worshippers praying shoulder-to-shoulder for the first time since the coronavirus pan- demic began.  On Sunday, floor markings that guide people to social dis- tance in and around the Grand Mosque were removed.  Authorities said visitors must be fully vaccinated and must continue to wear masks on mosque grounds at all times. SHERRY AT IT AGAIN... CIVILIAN CASUALTIES NOW RISE TO 11 File photo of Navjot Singh Sidhu with Sonia and Priyanka Gandhi. SONIA ASKS BAGHEL TO RESIGN? Mohd Fahad New Delhi: According to highly-reliable sources, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has asked Chhattishgarh Chief Min- ister Bhupesh Baghel to resign before November. CM Baghel has been asked to quit by October end. Meanwhile, Baghel is trying to convince Priyanka Gandhi to save his post. The develop- ment comes a day after Congress Working Com- mittee meeting. ‘No link of Singhu killing with farmers’ protest’ New Delhi: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said that the lynching of a man at the Singhu border was a “religious matter”, and has no connection with the ongoing farm- ers’ protest. “They (the Nihangs) have said that it is a re- ligious matter and the government should not link it to farmers’ pro- test… Farmers have also said that this was a religious issue. We’re talking to the Nihangs and have told them that they’re not needed here as of now,” Tikait was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. He added, “This is a conspiracy executed by the government. Now, the government should ensure that the situa- tion does not deterio- rate any further.” Rakesh Tikait
  • 2. UTTAR PRADESH LUCKNOW | MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021 02 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia PM Modi to inaugurate Kushinagar Int’l airport First India Bureau Bahraich: Chief Min- ister Yogi Adityanath said that his govern- ment did not discrimi- nate or indulge in poli- tics on development. “People will elect rep- resentatives who have worked towards the de- velopment of their aea and I can say with con- fidence that we have honoured the promises we made to the people,” he said. Yogi Adityanath was speaking at a function organised virtually to lay the foundation stone and inauguration of 144 projects worth Rs 221 crore in Bahraich and 87 project worth Rs 390.45 crore in Shravas- ti on Sunday . He regret- ted not being able to reach both the districts due to bad weather. The CM informed the public that he had come to Bahraich by helicop- ter along with BJP state president Swatantra Dev Singh, but the weather conditions were not favorable for landing. He said that Gautam Buddha had spent a maximum holy period of ‘Chaturmas’ (time for devotion, penance, bathing in holy rivers, performing sacrifices, and charity) in this area. Realising the im- portance, the govern- ment is making sever- al efforts for tourism and infrastructure de- velopment in this area, he said. “Justice may not have been done to him in history, but this me- morial will acquaint the future generation with the glory of King Suheldev,” CM Yogi said. The CM said that this area is the holy place of worship of Saint Bal- ark. “Bahraich also wit- nessed the bravery and valor of King Suheldev. The central and state government is making all arrangements for the all-around develop- ment of this place.” He said two years ago, a medical college was established here which played a crucial role in providing bet- ter health facilities to the people during the Covid-19 period. Soon a medical college will be established in Shravasti on the PPP model, he added. First India Bureau Lucknow: The first ever international flight is set to com- mence from Kushina- gar International air- port and will witness PM Narendra Modi in- augurating the Kushi- nagar international airport. Sri Lankan PM M. Rajapaksa along with a delegation of 25 mem- bers and 100 Buddhist monks will land in Kushinagar on 20th October. The much awaited international airport will pave the way for international flights that were a distant dream for the people of Gorakhpur region but now with the ef- forts of CM Yogi, this dream has come true. Kushinagar, the rest place of Lord Buddha, has its religious signifi- cance and every year many Buddhist monks and tourists come here from various countries including Sri Lanka, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore. The Kushinagar In- ternational Airport runway is about 45 m wide and has the capac- ity to land 4 flights. Apart from this, the passenger terminal building measures around 36000 square metres in area and is very comfortable and attractive. First India Bureau Lucknow: Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Dinesh Sharma on Sunday visited Bud- heshwar Mahadev Temple to worship Lord Budheshwar during which he took stock of the develop- ment works being un- dertaken by the LDA and Tourism Depart- ment in the temple premises. The Deputy Chief Minister talked with the devotees in the temple and inquired about their problems,etc.. After taking stock of the de- velopment works, he instructed the offi- cials to ensure that the works are com- pleted at the earliest whilst being trans- parent and directed them to take special attention to quality of these development works. He warned the officials that any kind of lacking in the qual- ity of the develop- ment works will war- rant action. First India Bureau Agra: On Saturday, a team of officers from all three armed forces wings, who began run- ning from Jhansi on October 15, arrived Agra, covering a dis- tance of 350 kilometers, according to team lead- er Jogendra Chandna. “We started the run from Jhansi because it was the hometown of Rani Laxmi Bai, who led one of the first re- bellions for independ- ence against the Brit- ish.We hope to reach Delhi on October 21 and the reason we chose this date is because on October 21, Subhash Chandra Bose formed the first government in exile”, according to Jo- gendra Chandna. The contingent will consist of seven offic- ers, two women, who will stop at 7 cities on their way and last for 7 days. A team of officers from all three armed forces wings began run- ning from Jhansi on October 15. The contin- gent will consist of sev- en officers, two women, who will stop at 7 cities. First India Bureau Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government will provide compensa- tion to about 2 lakh farmers for their crop loss due to rains and floods. In pursuance of the directives of Chief Min- ister Yogi Adityanath, the required assess- ment of the damage caused to crops like paddy and sugarcane due to rain has been completed. About 2 lakh farmers are such, whose crops have been damaged due to excessive rains and floods in the state. After the survey by the Reve- nue and Agriculture departments, compen- sation will be given to the farmers. While reviewing the progress of crop com- pensation assessment, the Chief Minister said, “Any farmer, whose crop is damaged, should be compensated as per rules at the earliest. The Revenue and Agri- culture departments should complete this work on a priority in coordination with each other.” Ensuring that no eli- gible beneficiary is de- privedof theassistance, the Uttar Pradesh Gov- ernment machinery is taking all the required relief and rehabilita- tion measures to the rain-affected areas. An amount of Rs 68 crore will be provided to the farmers whose agricul- tural produce has been damaged due to floods. According to a gov- ernment spokesman, “Any farmer, whose crop is damaged, should be compensated as per rules at the earliest. The Revenue and Agri- culture departments should complete this work on a priority .” First India Bureau Rampur: Ensuring happiness and prosper- ity in the life of every needy person is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission, Union minister Mukhtar Ab- bas Naqvi said on Sun- day. and asserted that the Centre is focused on empowerment without appeasement. Naqvi made the re- marks during free of cost distribution of various medical aid equipment to ‘Divyang jan’ and senior citizen at the Mahatma Gandhi Stadium in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur. Un- ion Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment A Narayanaswamy was also present on the oc- casion. ALIMCO, Kanpur, distributed free of cost various medical aid de- vices such as tricycle, wheelchair, crutches, walker, and orthotic devices, hearing devic- es to about 2000 ‘divy- ang jan’ and senior citizens from different parts of Rampur under ‘ADIP and Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana’ of Union Ministry of So- cial Justice and Em- powerment, an official statement said. Naqvi said that dur- ing the last seven years, the Modi gov- ernment has focussed on good governance, inclusive development and “empowerment without appeasement” of the poor and weaker sections. CM Yogi and BJP State Chief Swatantra Dev Singh during the virtual inauguration of schemes and projects of Bahrainch region on Sunday. The CM’s informed the public that he had come to Bahraich, but the weather conditions were not suitable for landing. Kushinagar international airport. —FILE PHOTO HAVE HONOURED PROMISES MADE TO PEOPLE: CM YOGI CM Yogi launches 144 projects worth `221 crore in Bahraich Devipatan undergoing complete transformation, says Adityanath C M Yogi paid tribute to army man Satyam Kumar Pathak, a resident of Hardoi district, who died in the line of duty in La- dakh. He has announced a financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh, a job to one family member and naming of the road after him in the district. U ttar Pradesh Chief Minis- ter Yogi Adi- tyanath has asked officials to make all the necessary preparations for the grand welcome of foreign guests at the inauguration of Kushinagar In- ternational Airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 20. Yogi Speaks Yogi Speaks 1.36 LAKH PEOPLE GOT HOMES IN RURAL AREAS OF BAHRAICH, 8000 IN URBAN “Today 1.36 lakh people have got their homes in rural areas of Bahraich, while 8,000 families have got houses in urban areas. Toilets were built in 4.85 lakh houses in Bahraich that proved to be a means of ensuring health security and safeguarding the dignity of women fraternity.”, said CM Yogi Adity- anath in his virtual address. Dy CM Sharma visits Buddheshwar Defence runners reach Agra from Jhansi First India Bureau Lucknow:The Depart- ment of Women’s Wel- fare under the Uttar Pradesh government has mandated that all government officials to declare that they had receivednodowrywhen they got married. The circular, released on October 12, men- tioned that all public service officials mar- ried after April 31, 2004, would have to send an email with an affidavit by October 18. The department for women’s welfare would submit a report to Par- liamentary Legislative Committee on the com- pliance of no-dowry and the action taken for non-compliance. Manoj Rai, Director Department of Women and Child Welfare, said, “This is probably for the first time when our department has sought a no-dowry affidavit from government ser- vants in a bid to get pro- visions of the anti-dow- ry law in UP,” he said. “We have asked em- ployees who got mar- ried after March 31, 2004 to furnish an affi- davit stating that they did not receive any dowry,” he said. Taking dowry is pun- ishable with imprison- ment up to 5 years and fine of 15,000 or the val- ue of the dowry given, whichever is higher. Submit ‘no dowry’ affidavit: Yogi govt to officials GOING BY NORMS  Dept of women’s welfare is also likely to submit a report on compliance of ‘no-dowry’ affidavit submission to a parliamentary commitee NORMS 42.17L VISITED KUSHINAGAR ROAD BLOCK Rain showers accompanied by strong winds fell a tree at Parivartan Chowk area of Lucknow on Sunday. —PHOTO BY ASHOK DUTTA Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi CM Yogi listens to the issues of the people at a Jan Sunwai organised at his official residence on Sunday. Govt to compensate 2 lakh farmers for losses due to floods ‘Centre focussed on good governance’ State govt is taking all the required relief and rehabilitation measures in the rain-affected areas. —REPRESENTATIVE PICTURE
  • 3. UTTAR PRADESH LUCKNOW | MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021 03 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Ayodhya: The Ram temple in Ayodhya will be built in such a way that the sun rays will fall on the idol of Ram Lalla and illuminate its sanctum sanctorum on every Ram Navami, said a member of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Trust. The design will be in- spired by the 13th cen- tury Sun temple at Konark in Odisha, he said. Work is underway on a proposal to design the temple in a way that sun rays beautify Ram Lalla’s idol in the sanc- tum sanctorum on ev- ery Ram Navami and consultation with sci- entists, astronomers and technologists is go- ing on in this regard, Kameshwar Choupal, member of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust said. Choupal said, “The Sun temple at Konark in Odisha is an example where the sun rays reach inside the temple. In such a situation, all the technical aspects and state-of-the-art technology are being considered regarding how the rays of the sun reach the sanctum (of Ram temple) . The member said a committee consisting of experts from the Na- tional Institute of Building Construction, including IIT Delhi, IIT Mumbai, and IIT Roor- kee, has been formed to focus on the technical aspects related to the construction of the temple. —PTI Sun rays to illuminate sanctum on Ram Navami AYODHYA MARVEL ‘EFFORTS ON TO CONSTRUCT SANCTUM SANCTORUM OF TEMPLE BY DEC 2023’ A senior official of the trust said, efforts are being made (to ensure) that by December 2023, the construction of the sanctum sanctorum should be completed and peo- ple can have darshan. He informed that the first phase of foundation has been completed, while the second phase will be over by mid-November. During the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, several aspects, including geological, geographical and ecological conditions, are being taken into consideration, he said. FIVE ARRESTED FOR ATTACK ON POLICE TEAM, PRIME ACCUSED ABSCONDING STF ARRESTS PRINCIPAL,ASST TEACHER FOR LEAKING PAPERS IN PRAYAGRAJ LAKHIMPUR MAN CAUGHT NEAR INDO-PAK BORDER IN BARMER Barmer: A man from Lakhimpur town in UP caught near the Indo-Pak international border in Barmer. BSF personnel caught him on Sunday when he was roamingthere under suspicious circum- stances. However, nothing suspicious has been recovered from him, after which he was handed over to Gadara Road police for further investigation. Accused was identified as Vikash Gupta, a resident of Lakhimpur in UP. CRUCIAL READ Varanasi: Five accused of attack on police team of Lanka Police station when they raided on criminal involved in loot incident, were arrested while prime accused was still on the run. Mahatam Yadav, inspector Crime team Lanka police station said Mata Prasad Sonkar, Dinesh Sonkar, Priyanshu Sonkar, Sajan Sonkar and Vishal Sonkar were arrested and sent to jail under charges of interrupting government proceedings, thrashing policemen. Prayagraj: UP STF arrested principal and an assistant teacher for leaking question papers of aided junior high school assistant teacher examination. STF team arrested principal Ram Nayan Dwivedi and assistant teacher Ashok Tewari of KN Katju Inter College for leaking question paper of aided junior high school assistant teacher exam held on Sunday. It was reported four other accused are still absconding in the matter. It was also reported that Dwivedi had transferred copies of question paper as his daughter Akansha Dwivedi was also taking the examination. First India Bureau Agra: The incident in Jagdishpuraof Agrahas exposed the hollow claims of the police de- partment. The Agra Po- lice, which talks about giving security to the commonman,isnotable to protect its own police station,fromwhereRs25 lakh was stolen. The sad part is that thepoliceinitiallydidn’t even know about it. As soon as the senior offi- cers got the information of theftinthewarehouse of the police station, their senses were blown away . Senior cops, in- cluding ADG, SSP and othersreachedthepolice station.Informationwas also received that many weapons have disap- peared in the heist. At present, the police are investigating how the cash of Rs 25 lakh went missing from in- side the police station. Bhagwat will visit Ayodhya from Oct 19-21 First India Bureau Ayodhya: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and General Secretary of the party Dat- tatreya Hosabale will be visiting Ayo- dhya from October 19 to 21 to partici- pate in Akhil Bhara- tiya Saririk Varg, RSS sources said. According to sources, Bhagwat will take part in the Akhil Bharatiya Sa- ririk Varg, and can also visit Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya. Although the RSS chief will also ad- dress the Saririk Vibhag Abhyas Varg to make the con- struction of the Ram temple a sub- ject. “Bhagwat can give the message of Ram temple to the office bearers joining the exercise class that with our efforts, a grand Ram temple is being constructed in this country,” sourc- es said. In the Abhyas Varg at the local head- quarters of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Karsevak- puram, Bhagwat’s family, the office bearers of all India and all 45 province units of the Sharir- ik Vibhag of the union is also expect- ed to attend. “Extensive prepa- rations are being made for the Abhyas Varg, arrangements are being made for the accommodation of more than five hundred people,” sources added. Elections for 403 assembly constitu- encies in Uttar Pradesh are due ear- ly next year. RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat. —FILE PHOTO KIN OF COVID VICTIMS TO BE PAID `50K, ANNOUNCES CM Yogi asks to ensure no eligible family in state is deprived of their entitlement First India Bureau Lucknow: Chief Min- ister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday directed offi- cials to pay Rs 50,000 to family members of per- sons who had died after contracting COVID-19 in the state. In a statement issued by the UP government, the CM ordered offi- cials to issue detailed guidelines about finan- cial relief to be given to family members of those who had suc- cumbed to COVID-19. He also said it should be ensured that no eligi- ble family is deprived of their entitlement and detailed guidelines in this regard should be issued soon. A team should be formed in every district under the district mag- istrate for proper imple- mentation of distribut- ing financial relief. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh reported 10 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, as per the state government on Sunday . During the last 24 hours, 1,41,543 samples were tested in the state. The positivity rate for the day stands at 0.007 per cent. Over 8.96 crore samples have been tested so far. Currently, there are 119 active Covid cases in the state, as per the statement. In last 24 hours, 19 people recovered from the disease, taking the total recoveries to 16,87,011. The recovery rate currently stands at 98.8 per cent. As per the state Health Secretary, 42 districts in the state are COVID-free, while 67 districts did not re- port any new cases. FESTIVE HIGH Children dressed as Lord Rama, Bharat, Lakshmana and Shatrughan during Nati Imli Bharat Milap Leela, in Varanasi, Elderly woman brutally murdered at her Lko home First India Bureau Lucknow: An elderly woman was brutally murdered in Hanskhe- da Kanshiram colony in Para area here on Sun- day. Police said Saroj Soni was found dead at her residence in Hanskheda Kanshiram colony. The criminals had smashed her head with hammer and slit her veins of hands. Be- fore the horrific crime, criminalsstuffedmouth of her 7-year-old grand- son and locked him in other room. Initial in- vestigations revealed that someone close could be behind the crime. 11.8-CR DOSES An elderly woman being vaccinated at a camp in Lucknow. —FILE PHOTO Delhi Police rescue girl sold for `60k First India Bureau New Delhi: A 15-year-old girl from Delhi, who was al- legedly sold to a man in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra for Rs 60,000, has been rescued from Sikar in Rajas- than, Delhi Police said on Sunday, add- ing that two persons have been arrested in this connection. According to police, the 15-year-old girl had gone missing on September 16 and an FIR was regis- tered in the case in Shalimar Bagh Po- lice Station. “An investigation into the matter re- vealed that the girl was in regular con- tact with a boy, who was residing in Rohi- ni. The boy with the help of another ac- cused took her to a house in Agra, where she was sold for Rs 60,00 to a man belong- ing to Sikar, Rajas- than,” the police said in a statement. Efforts are being made to trace the oth- er accused and fur- ther investigation in the case is in prog- ress, the police said. The accused in police custody Leadership camp for LU students at Sattal First India Bureau Lucknow: After the Covid period, Lucknow University has became the first university in country , whose students attended a leadership training camp in Sattal (Nainital). LU had celebrated the centenary of its estab- lishment last year. In- spired by V-C Alok Rai and under the guidance of Mohammad Tariq (camp organiser) and RakeshChandraRai(co- camp organiser), Luc- know University’s BPEd 50 students of II Semes- ter participated in the Leadership Training Camp. Cultural pro- grammes, flag snatch- ing,tigerhunt,trekking, tug of war camp game etc., were organised for the students. The impor- tance of working in an organisation was ex- plained to the students. DarknessUnderTheLamp: `25L stolen from police stn COPS SUSPENDED RN Dwivedi and Ashok Tewari First India Bureau L a k h i m p u r : T h e Samyukt Kisan Mor- cha (SKM) on Sunday said ‘Rail Roko’ pro- tests will be held across the country on October 18 to demand the dis- missal and arrest Union Minister Ajay Mishra in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. In a statement, the umbrella body of farm- er unions spearhead- ing the farmers’ agita- tion against the Cen- tre’s three agri laws, said “protests will only be intensified until jus- tice is secured” in the Lakhimpur Kheri case. The SKM said during the ‘rail roko’ protest, all train traffic will be stopped for six hours from 10 am till 4 pm on Monday. SKM announces ‘Rail Roko’ protest demanding arrest of Union minister —FILE PHOTO
  • 4. PERSPECTIVE LUCKNOW | MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021 04 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia l Vol 1 l Issue No. 304 l RNI NO. UPENG/2020/80229. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Amar Ujala Ltd. B-5 Amausi Industrial Area Kanpur Road Luc- know. Published at 98, Friend’’s Colony, Raheem Nagar, Dudouli Road, Madiyaon, Lucknow (UP). Editor-In-Chief: Jagdeesh Chandra. Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act Promoted by First India News International Pvt. Ltd. SPIRITUAL SPEAK Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. —Thessalonians 5:11 IN-DEPTH Piyush Goyal @PiyushGoyal Festive Cheer with Gems & Jewellery (G&J) exports in Top Gear: G&J exports rise 30% in September 2021 compared to same month last year. Bright prospects for industry as exports for April- September 2021 rose 135% compared to same period last year. Dharmendra Pradhan @dpradhanbjp ‘Make in India for the World’. Buoyed by the reforms, technology-driven approach and Aatmanirbhar Bharat abhiyan, Indian defence exports have risen by 325% in the last 5 years. New India’s innovation and work culture is making India a global brand. TOP TWEETS I’M THE PARTY PREZ, SAYS SONIA GANDHI; BUT WHAT TOOK HER SO LONG TO DECIDE hy did it take Sonia Gandhi so long to come out and tell the Congress Working Committee members that she is a full-time hands-on party President when all these monthsshewasbeingreferredto as the Acting President? Even when there was trouble in Pun- jab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan Sonia deployed her children Pri- yanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi as trouble shooters, while the Group of 23 dissenters wondered as to who was taking all the decisions in the party . Her announcement will please the oldguardandquietendissenters. With the party President mak- ing it clear as to who is the boss, the move will take the heat off Rahul for his sloppy handling of the leadership crisis in Punjab. The move will also shield the sib- lings, especially Rahul, after 2022 election results in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur and Goa. These states go to polls early next year. Punjab and UP will, obvi- ously , be more keenly watched. W eport of India’s fall from 94th place to 101 out of 116 countriesin theGlobalHunger IndexhasrattledtheMinistry of Women and Child Develop- ment which has junked the methodology used by the re- searchers to arrive at the con- clusion. The report places India behind Myanmar (71) Nepal (76), Bangladesh (76) and Pakistan (92). The report described the level of hunger in India as “alarming” In 2020 India was ranked 94 out of 107 countries. The Global Hunger Index is based on four indicators--- un- dernourishment, child wast- ing, child stunting and child mortality . Wasting reflects acute under-nutrition in chil- dren under the age of five, stunting indicates chronic under-nourishment.Mortality is about the mortality rate of children below the age of five. LastyearalsoIndiawasnot ready to accept the GHI rank and had questioned the accu- racy and the methodology . Former Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Ru- palatoldparliamentinMarch that hunger reports prepared by NGOs should be ignored as even street dogs are fed. It is easy to dismiss an NGO’s report if it is not based on facts or if its methodology is suspect. But what about an organisation like UNICEF? UNICEF said in its report re- leased in April, “Stunting has declined steadily since 2000-- - but faster progress is needed to reach the 2030 target. Wast- ing persists at alarming rates…” Nearly half of all deaths in children under five are attributable to malnutri- tion, the report said. So there’s no logic in brushing the damning GHI report under the carpet. Plug loopholes in programme im- plementation. DON’T BE IN A HURRY TO JUNK THE GHI REPORT The Global Hunger Index is based on four indicators--- undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting and child mortality. Last year also India was not ready to accept the GHI rank and had questioned the accuracy and the methodology R HOPE IN THE FACEOFDESPAIR e are all trapped in a vice-like grip today — the deadly , toxic ‘hold’ of ethnic, emotional, or fanatical upheaval. A case in point — call it human decep- tion, or the fluctuating pro- gression of the nastiest of times. From the most sophisti- catedtothelowestof ‘low-tech’ advancements. And, as the monstrous threat of natural calamities, including the on- goingCOVID-19crisis,seemto get juxtaposed by war clouds, wherever you look, or see, a sudden encounter with griev- ous injury , also death, could occur in a moment of celebra- tion, happiness, or enjoyment. Theroof collapse,agun-wield- ing fanatic, or terrorist, over- excitedfansatafootballmatch, or just about anything — in- cluding a petty vocal brawl turning into hatred — can bring gloom. However, it is nothingshortof amiraclethat human beings often display great resilience, courage, and understandingevento,andfor, those who may sometimes be the ‘offenders’ themselves. The reason? Human beings are social by nature and, as psychologists point out, to- gethernessandsharedexperi- ences have always helped peo- ple to deal with dreadful events. And, just as difficulty and stress can bring out the best qualities in some people, social contacts, unless they are not overstated, can also be agreatsourceof succour,com- fort and recovery . Not only that. The clicking of the hour hand is the best healer, to use ametaphor,orage-oldmaxim, because any such bygone oc- currence is always subject to surpass time and place and, thus, become a pictogram of human reaction to it and also its emergent acceptance. A host of events related to war and conflict have been buried from time to time. Many of them, with their own peculiar constellation of psy- chic, ethnic, political and reli- giousinterpolations,havealso hadthebetterof logic,notjust emotion. They have been dug up just as well from the deep pit and made into raging is- sues for whatever gain. Not merely because the history of conflicts is a stream of ap- praisal, which only the victor has been allowed to engrave, but also because of life’s own inequities. As William Shake- speare wrote in “Macbeth:” “Is this the dagger I see before me?”Yes,thisinflated‘hold’of emotional illusions, or recol- lections, to scenes of war and crime — and, that distinct af- finity to faint at the bizarre ‘echo’ of a mine blast — have all been described in soldiers who return from the area of battle and devastation. People affected by war, or ethnic tragedy , are most like- ly to show feelings of aliena- tion, sleep difficulties, and lapse of concentration. It is a typical aphorism of our dif- ficult times, where we live in fear and hope, hope and de- spair. Yes, such images, gory and painful, emanate with cascading effect. Think of New York 9/11, Mumbai 26/11, or the sombre frames of war, violence and hatred that have (dis)placed civilisa- tions, cultures and societies, and led them to infamy and utter disgrace. The spirit of Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of peace and harmony , would surelybeagonisedwiththem, just as much as every peace- loving citizen on the planet. Blame it too on flared emo- tions, dogmas, or anything else. The inference is obvi- ous. We cannot assert to be a part of what may be called the ‘Happening Age,’ the ep- och of great scientific and technological advance, on the one hand, and ruin on the other. Perish the thought of using a plethora of easy to use, or borrowed, phrases such as culture, compassion and unity — primarily be- cause none of our forebears, including great leaders, ever wanted states, or nations, to spew venom and malice on the basis of belief. Besides, we have all been witness to another parody. While one has often heard of the need for reconciliation, there’s not been a definitive, significant movement on ei- ther side of the ‘divide’ to- wards achieving the goal of peace, primarily because most of us have forgotten to live in harmony, not only with oneself, but also one’s surroundings. Yet, there is hope at the end of the tunnel — as the case has always been through history , where chaos and disaster have, over time, ushered in peace and harmo- ny. This is because hope is stronger than faith. It sur- mounts the challenges of the material domain; it also rec- ognises our connection with our world, our desire for peace and harmony , notwith- standing our incessant dilem- mas. Desmond Tutu, the not- ed theologian and anti-apart- heid activist, articulated this credo best, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL W RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Wellness physician, independent researcher and author People affected by war, or ethnic tragedy, are most likely to show feelings of alienation, sleep difficulties, and lapse of concentration. It is a typical aphorism of our difficult times, where we live in fear and hope, hope and despair. Yes, such images, gory and painful, emanate with cascading effect Human beings are social by nature and, as psychologists point out, togetherness and shared experiences have always helped people to deal with dreadful events. And, just as difficulty and stress can bring out the best qualities in some people, social contacts, unless they are not overstated, can also be a great source of succour, comfort and recovery
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  • 6. INDIA 05 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday held several meetings with different groups in Port Blair before departing for Delhi. Among political lead- ers,ShahmetBJPleaders Y Satya Kumar and Ajoy Akhil Bharatiya Vid- yarthi Parishad (ABVP). He also met Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) membersRavindraNath Chatterjee, Manoj Ku- mar Sirohi, Brijesh Pan- dey and Rajesh Ram. Apart from this, Shah also held meetings with the members of Aan- ganwadi Karamchari Sangh, several NGOs, variousAssociations,lo- cal representatives and tribal members from Andaman and Nicobar. Shah was on a three- day visit to Andaman and Nicobar Islands from October 15 which concluded on Sunday . Shah on Friday visited thecellwhereHinduMa- hasabha leader Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was imprisoned at Cellular Jail in Port Blair, Anda- man and Nicobar Is- lands. Under the ‘ Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, he paid floral tributes to freedom fighters. —ANI Shah meets different groups in Port Blair BJP LEADERS MEET AMONG POLITICAL LEADERS, SHAH MET BJP LEADERS Y SATYA KUMAR AND AJOY BAIRAGI AND CONGRESS MP KULDEEP RAI Sharat K Verma New Delhi: After over the top (OTT) platforms, if creativ- ity is visible any- where, it is in govern- ment excuses to jus- tify the rising prices of petrol, diesel, LPG cylinders, CNG, etc. Central government ministers or Bharati- ya Janata Party lead- ers come up with some new excuse eve- ry day, on the basis of which they justify the rising fuel prices. So many excuses have been given by the gov- ernment that even the supporters of the gov- ernment are confused as to which excuse is most appropriate. Petroleum market- ing companies of the GoI say that the pric- es of crude oil are in- creasing in the inter- national market. The price of crude oil is currently $ 82 a bar- rel, when it was more than $110 a barrel in 2014. It was then that the price of petrol in India was Rs 74 a liter and now it is Rs 110 a liter. However, some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokes- persons have linked the rising prices to the country's strength, while some have linked free food grains to the poor, and some have said that the previous gov- ernments have left a huge debt to Iran and other countries, which is being repaid. The Modi govern- ment has increased the tax on petrol by almost four times and on diesel by almost 10 times, this is the real reason for inflation, but except this, all the other reasons are be- ing given. You must have definitely got the free vaccine. Where will its money come from? You haven't given! This is how its money is collected. People are getting the vaccine from the money the govt is collecting by increasing the tax on petroleum products. The question is that when people are being vac- cinated with their own money by in- creasing the tax on them, then why promote free vaccines? And above all, what about the people who paid for the vaccine? —Rameshwar Teli, MoS for Petroleum and Natural Gas PRADHAN SAYS Anita Hada New Delhi: There was a stampede in UP Con- gress recently. Senior Congress leader Jitin Prasada left party and joined BJP. The BJP made him a member of the Legislative Council and made him a minis- ter in state govt. His family was associated with Congress for dec- ades. After him, Ka- malapati Tripathi's great-grandsonLalitesh Pati Tripathi an- nounced to leave the party. He alleged that the old people are being ignored in the Cong. The 'migration' from Cong by 2 renowned Brahmin families was a big setback. After this, big Dalit leadersof Bundelkhand & ex-MLAs Gayadin Anuragi and Vinod Chaturvedi left Cong, went to SP. Congress leader from Mahoba- Manoj Tiwari - also joined the SP. Mean- while, there was news that Imran Masood, strong leader of Cong in West UP, is going to leave party. Now Masood has said that he will not leave party but he wants Cong and SP to fight together. Masood not leaving par- ty is a sign that situa- tion has changed after Lakhimpur incident. Migration of leaders in UP Congress comes to an end! BJP LEADERS HAVE NEW EXCUSES EVERY DAY TO JUSTIFY RISING PRICES THEMOSTRECENTEXCUSEFORTHEMIS FREECORONAVIRUSVACCINATIONFORALL Looking forward to working with you: New Norwegian PM to Modi Oslo/New Delhi: New Norwegian Prime Min- ister Jonas Gahr Stoere has thanked PM Naren- dra Modi for his con- gratulations and said he looks forward to work- ing with him to strengthen Norway-In- dia cooperation in the UN Security Council, on a rules-based world or- der, on climate chal- lenge and the Nordic- India Summit. Prime Minister Modi has been invited to at- tend the India-Nordic Summit to be held in 2022 in Copenhagen. The invite was extend- ed by Danish Prime Minister Mette Fred- eriksen during her bi- lateral meeting with PM Modi on October 9, which he has accepted. India held rotating presidency in August this year, will again hold it in December 2022. Norway will be holding the rotating presidency in January 2022. —PTI JONAS GAHR STØRE @jonasgahrstore Thank you PM @narendramodi. I look forward to working with you to strengthen #Norway Flag of Norway #India cooper- ation in #UNSC, on a rules- based world order, oceans, environment, energy. SWEET TWEETS! NARENDRA MODI @narendramodi Congratulations @jonasgahrstore on assuming the office of Prime Minister of Norway. I look forward to working closely with you in further strengthening India-Norway rela- tions. @statsmin_kontor Mumbai records zero Covid death first time since March 2020 Mumbai: Mumbai has recorded 0 deaths due to Covid-19 for the first time since March 26, 2020. The news was shared on Twitter by Aditya Thackeray , Cabi- net Minister of Tour- ism and Environment for the Government of Maharashtra as well as, Iqbal Singh Chahal, IAS, Commissioner of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (BMC). As per BMC, there were 367 positive pa- tients in a day, total of 5,030 active cases. The positivity rate dipped to 1.27% and the recovery rate stood at 97% as 418 patients were dis- charged. Mumbai con- ducted over 28,600 tests in a day. While the city has no active contain- ment zones, 50 building are still sealed. The doubling rate is 1,214 days while growth last week was 0.06%. —PTI Aaditya Thackeray @AUThackeray The good news: Mumbai has recorded zero covid deaths, first time since 26th March 2020. Keep the mask on the face and get yourself vaccinated if you haven’t yet! Iqbal Singh Chahal @IqbalSinghChah2 Mumbai Reports No Covid Death For First Time Since Beginning Of Pandemic. Help us keep Mumbai safe, we’re here to serve you! PM TO INAUGURATE KUSHINAGAR ARPT MODI TO ADDRESS RALLY IN VARANASI PM will inaugurate In- dia’s 29th international airport in Kushinagar on Oct 20, where Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Raja- paksa and a 125-member delegation will be pre- sent. Kushinagar is place where Gautam Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana. Modi will address one of biggest rallies in his constituency, Varanasi on Oct 25, ahead of UP Assembly polls scheduled early next year. The rally will be held in Mehndi- ganj village, BJP plans to ensure a gathering of more than 2 lakh people. First India Bureau Jodhpur: Union Minis- ter Giriraj Singh on Sunday said that a re- view of India-Pakistan cricket match should be conducted. The minister was in Jodhpur to express con- dolences on the demise of Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Sin- gh Shekhawat’s mother. During his Jodhpur visit, Singh targeted the Congress saying the par- ty is doing politics of hy- pocrisy in the country . In Rajasthan, he said that dalits are being tar- geted, women are being raped but the govern- ment is doing nothing. “Why doesn’t Con- gressspeakontheKash- mir issue?” he asked. He said that Hindus are being targeted and killed in Kashmir but Congress leaders do not speak anything on this but do politics by going to Lakhimpur. Theministersaidthat Congress will vanish from the country soon. ReviewofIndia-Pakcricketmatch shouldbeconducted:GirirajSingh After terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, I believe that when the relations are not good then India-Pakistan match should be reconsidered. —Giriraj Singh, Union Minister NEW EXCUSES FOR PETROL, DIESEL PRICEHIKE! Amit Shah being welcomed as he arrives in Port Blair on Saturday. Jitin Prasada Gayadin Anuragi Lalitesh Pati Tripathi Vinod Chaturvedi New Delhi: There may be a new 'tax-hit' on the common people of the country . The Goods and Services Tax (GST) was imple- mented under the schemeof OneNation, One Tax to give relief tothepeoplefromindi- rect tax. Even after four years of its imple- mentation, business- men and traders are upset and the govern- mentishappywiththe tax collection of more than Rs 1,00,000 crore every month. But now the news is thatthegovernmentis considering increas- ingtheminimumrates of tax. Before the last meet- ing of the GST Coun- cil, news was leaked that in order to give relief to the common people, the Group of Ministers will bring a proposal to bring pe- troleum products un- der GST. But no such offer came. Now the news has been leaked that the minimum rates may increase by 1 percent. Keep in mind that there are four rates of GST at present. The lowestfivepercentand the highest being 28%. Be- tween this there are two more slabs of 12 and 18%. The highest rateisonnon-essential or luxury items, on which cess is also lev- ied. The lowest rate of 5% is on the items of dailynecessitiesof the common people. It is being said that a pro- posal to increase the rate of 5 to 6% and 12 to13%willcomeinthe next meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council. If 1% indirect tax is increased on everyday things,thenthe common peo- ple will be hit hard in the midst of rising inflation. SHOULD INDIA BRACE FOR ANOTHER 'TAX-HIT'? LUCKNOW | MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021
  • 7. INDIA LUCKNOW | MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021 06 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia First India Bureau NewDelhi: The govt will take a final deci- sion on vaccinating children and adoles- cents against coronavi- rus on the basis of over- all scientific rationale as well as the supply situation of vaccines available for those be- low 18 years old, COVID Task Force chief VK Paul said on Sunday . Paul, who has been playing a key role in the govt efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, also cau- tioned that even though infections are coming down and the second wave is subsiding, it will not be fair now to say that the worst is over since many countries haveseenmorethantwo waves. Currently, three vaccines Covishield, Co- vaxin and Sputnik V be- ing administered in the country are only for those above 18 years of age. All of them are two- dose vaccines. Zydus Cadila’s indigenously developed needle-free COVID-19 vaccine Zy- CoV-D is set to become the first vaccine that will be available in India for those in the age group of 12-18 years. It hasreceivedEmergency Use Authorisation (EUA). If approved by the Drugs Controller Gen- eral of India (DCGI), it will be the second vac- cine after ZyCoV-D to get EUA for use among those below 18 years. The National Technical Advisory Group on Im- munisation (NTAGI) is looking at how ZyCov-D should be positioned for most optimum use. Zydus Cadila’s Covid vaccine will be rolled out soon:VK Paul CRUCIAL READ CONG TO START TRAINING CAMPS FOR PARTY WORKERS FROM 12 NOV GOVT ROBBING COMMON MAN SHAMELESSLY: LALU ON INFLATION New Delhi: Congress has decided to organise training camps for its workers across the country, the idea of which was mooted in the working committee meeting and the first will be held from 12-15 Nov in Gujarat’s Wardha. Cong General Secretary Organisation K.C. Venugopal said the party is going for a massive training programme from top to bottom for the Cong party lead- ers.The party has decided to undertake regular training programmes for the leaders and workers at all levels. Through these programmes,the workers and leaders will be trained in party ideology,policies,expectation of a Congress worker,grassroots messaging,election manage- ments,failures of present govt and countering propaganda. Patna (Bihar): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday slammed the “double engine” National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-led government in the Centre over the continuous inflation.”Dear inflation, how are you associated with the double engine govern- ment? By making gas, oil, petrol-diesel, vegetables all expensive, this government is robbing the common man shamelessly,” tweeted RJD chief. Petrol and diesel prices reached an all-time high as fuel rates continued to rise by 35 paise/litre across the country for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday.With the latest hike, the petrol price becomes Rs 105.84/litre while diesel will now cost Rs 94.57/litre in Delhi today. SCINDIA INAUGURATES SPICEJET FLIGHT BETWEEN DELHI, TIRUPATI NCB AN ‘OSTRICH WITH ITS HEAD BURIED IN THE SAND’: EX-AG ROHATG DIGVIJAYA SINGH ATTACKS CENTRE OVER ‘COMMUNALISM’ New Delhi: Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M Scindia on Sunday inaugurated a Spicejet flight between Delhi and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. “It would con- nect the spiritual capital with the national political capital. Every year 3.5 crore devotees visit Tiru- pati,” he said. The flight would take 2.5 hours to cover 2,160 km between Delhi and Tirupati.”The flight would connect the political state with the spiritual state. It’s a unification of both of them,” added Scindia.”PM Modi objective is to connect the small towns under the UDAAN scheme. He wants the common man to fly. Our target is to make 100 new airports by 2024 and bring in 1,000 new routes. Mumbai: Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi censured the Narcotics Control Bureau calling it an “Ostrich with its head buried in the sand” while the Aryan Khan is “paying the price for being a celeb”. Aryan Khan, son of Shah- rukh Khan, was arrested along with five others by NCB during a raid at the Cordelia cruise ship rave party which was mid-way to Goa on 2 October. Rohatgi said the law clearly states, “Bail is the norm, jail is an exception” and the issue settled many years ago by the Supreme Court, since the most established tenet of the Constitution is the ‘Right to Life’ and ‘Right to Liberty’, not only for Indians, but also foreigners in India. New delhi: Cong leader Digvijaya Singh on Sunday attacked the central govt over communalism. “Jawa- harlal Nehru, while addressing AICC in 1958, said that the ‘communalism of the majority is far more dangerous than the com- munalism of the minority.’ And, it becomes even worse when it is driven by the authorities of the State. We have tough times ahead,” tweeted Singh.Attacking RSS, he alleged that the organisation’s only agenda is ‘Hindutva’ which has nothing to do with religion. “From the inception of RSS they have only one agenda and that is ‘Hindutva’ which has nothing to do with religion. New Delhi: Assert- ing the Congress Working Commit- tee (CWC) meeting was just a formal- ity as Sonia Gan- dhi has been the par- ty’s boss for 21 years, former external af- fairs minister Nat- war Singh on Sunday said there was no con- crete outcome from the same. The Congress veteran said the next election for the party president will be on September 2022. There was no va- cancy for the party president. Sonia Gan- dhi is the all-time boss of the Congress party. She holds all the reins in the party for 21 years,” he add- ed. Singh also took a jibe at the G-23 (group of 23 dissenting sen- ior Congress leaders). “There was no con- crete outcome from the CWC meeting. G-23 members, who made a lot of noise before the meeting, were quiet during the meeting,” he told ANI in an exclusive con- versation.Responding to a poser on whether the CWC meeting was called to unite the par- tyleadersaheadof the upcoming assembly polls in several states next year, the former externalaffairsminis- ter said the Congress should work together otherwise it will lag behind the Bharati- ya Janata Party (BJP)inpolitics.“ And if this continues, it willbeleftbehind,”he added.“I have always appreciated frank- ness. There is no need to speak to me t h r o u g h the me- dia. CWC MEETING HAD NO OUTCOME, NO VACANCY FOR PRESIDENT: NATWAR Party president Sonia Gandhi chaired the Congress Working Committee (CMC) meeting for discussing on the strategies to be adopted Emphasising that G-23 is not a separate fac- tion, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Sunday said the party high command should either consider the demands of the group or reject them. Speaking to ANI, Dikshit, a member of G-23, said, “G-23 is not a sepa- rate group. Rather, the members of G23 have some demands to bring reforms in the party. The demands still persist. As far as the full-time president is concerned, Sonia Gandhi said that she is the full-time presi- dent so we now come to know that the party has a full-time president.” We have some demands. The party high command should either consider those demands or reject them. Even today, G-23 has not withdrawn. CONG HIGH COMMAND SHOULD CONSIDER OR REJECT OUR DEMANDS: SANDEEP DIKSHIT Burhanpur: Taking a dig at the Congress party over the recent crisis, MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the party has become a circus. While speaking at a rally in Burhanpur, the CM said, “Rahul Gandhi is not the Congress Party. It is being run by an interim president Sonia Gandhi. But Rahul has complete rights to remove a CM of a state.” Mention- ing the Congress party crisis in Punjab and the surprise resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh, he said, “Singh was the CM of Punjab and was running a govt very smoothly. MP CM SHIVRAJ SINGH CHOUHAN TAKES DIG AT CONGRESS, SAYS PARTY HAS BECOME CIRCUS SINGHU BORDER MURDER CASE Lakhbir Singh murderer Nihang Sikh arrested by Punjab police Centre failed to provide security to J&K:Kapil Sibal Amritsar: A Nihang Sikh, who was alleged- ly involved in killing farm labourer Lakhbir Singh at Singhu border on Friday, was arrested by the Punjab police on Saturday. The second accused, Narayan Singh, was ar- rested from Rakh Devi- dass Pura at Amarkot village in the district. Rakesh Kaushal, Am- ritsar Rural SSP, said, Two Nihangs had alleg- edly murdered Lakhbir Singh. One was arrest- ed by the Haryana Po- lice and Singh had managed to escape. A team of officials was formed and forces were deployed around his house. He had an- nounced that he would surrender before the po- lice on Sat. The SSP fur- ther said, “He has con- fessed that they killed Lakhbir. He says that when he was told the Lakhbir insulted Guru Granth Sahib, he got an- gry & cut off his leg. Lakhbir bled to death. We do know that several countries have introduced vaccination for adolescents (people) and children. We will take a fi- nal decision based on the overall scientific ra- tionale and the supply situation of the child li- cenced vaccines, going forward. —VK Paul, COVID Task Force Chief Acourt in Sonipat today sent All three accused - Narayan Singh, Bhagwant Singh and Govind Preet Singh - in Singhu border incident sent to 6-day Police custody. They were produced before Sonipat Court today. On Oct 15, the body of a man was found tied to a barricade at the Singhu border. The police, while seek- ing 14-day custody of the accused argued in the court that it needs to identify other co- accused in the case who the accused know only by their faces and also recover some blood-stained clothes from the time of the crime. COURT SENDS 3 ACCUSED TO 6-DAY POLICE CUSTODY RAHUL ATTACKS CENTRE OVER FUEL PRICE HIKE ‘DON’T UPSET PUNJAB FARMERS’: SHARAD PAWAR Amid the ongoing farmer’s protests, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar urged the Central government to avoid upsetting the protesting farmers and advised them to handle the agitation sensitively as most of the farmers belong to the border state Punjab. On Saturday, while addressing a press conference in Pune, the NCP chief also recalled the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the consequences that country faced in the past for a troubled community of Punjab. New Delhi: Slamming Rashtriya Swayamse- vak Sangh boss Mohan bhagwat, senior leader of the Kapil Cong Sibal on Sunday he asked Bhagwat what develop- ments Jammu and Kashmir witnessed, adding that the Center has failed to secure the union’s territory . Speaking to ANI, Sibal said: “I want to re- member Bhagwat ji about something he said in Feb 2018. He said that the army takes sev- eral months to be ready but the RSS can be ready in 3 days to go to the front and fight on the border.The congres- sional leader claimed that the Center has failed to secure J&K. On the issue of terrorism in Kashmir, Sibal said: “We salute those nine people who are sacrific- ing their lives for us. We have lost our children to terrorists. What is the development?” Mohan bhagwatjitalkingabout? Militancyraisesitshead. WhileUPAwasinpower, such things never hap- pened in Poonch. The central government should not upset farmers from Punjab, since it is a border state. In the ongoing agita- tion, the majority of farmers are from Punjab and it is a state on the border. If we make the states on the border unsta- ble, then what are the ramification of it, that has been seen once before. The country has paid the price for a troubled Punjab. And, that price has been paid with the assassination of Indira Gandhi (former Prime Minister). —Pawar told RSS CHIEF MOHAN BHAGWAT WILL VISIT AYODHYA BETWEEN OCTOBER 19-21 Mohan Bhagwat and General Secretary of the party Dattatreya Hosabale will be visiting Ayodhya from October 19 to 21 to participate in Akhil Bharatiya Saririk Varg, RSS sources said. According to sources, Bhagwat will take part in the Akhil Bharatiya Saririk Varg, and can also visit Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayo- dhya. Although the RSS chief will also address the Saririk Vibhag Abhyas Varg to make the construction of the Ram temple a subject. New Delhi: Cong gen- eral secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sun- day slammed the cen- tral government for in- creasing the prices of fertilizers ahead of sowing season. Priyanka Gandhi, in a tweet said, “BJP govt has increased NPK price by Rs 275 and NP by Rs 20. Diesel prices have been increasing daily and has reached Rs 100. Under BJP rule, workers and farmers are buried under the burden of inflation. Only Modi’s friends are getting richer.”Her statement came after the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday an- nounced that the in- creased prices of Phos- phaticandPotassic(PK) fertilizers approved ear- lier shall be rolled over for the whole of 2021-22. PRIYANKA SLAMS GOVT FOR FERTILIZER PRICE HIKE New Delhi: Attacking the Centre over the fuel price hike, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the only growth the country is witnessing is that of inflation. Citing a news report about the hike in fuel prices, the Congress leader tweeted “Destruction of all. Growth of inflation (Sabka Vinash. Mehangai ka Vikas) TaxExtortion,” tweeted Rahul.His re- marks came as petrol and diesel prices continued to rise across the country. Kapil Sibal Priyanka Gandhi VK Paul Sonia Gandhi Natwar Singh
  • 8. NEWS LUCKNOW | MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021 07 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia DIFFERENT SHADES OF POLITICAL PARTIES BEFORE ELECTION As the assembly elections are around the corner in the state, the environment in the state is politically charged with the ruling party trying its hardest to retains its power in the state while many of the opposition parties are seeing various discussions regarding the handling of tickets. While some in the opposition parties are happy, certain party workers are showing their displeasure as their leader is being the cold shoulder. The same leader is following the saying that the enemy of an enemy is a friend which is why he is reportedly meeting various leaders and if reports are to be believed the leader has already met leaders from the saffron party secretly. The leader has reportedly come to loggerheads with others in the party and the effect of such incidents on the upcoming elections will be seen over time. Sources have reported that the information about infidelities of leaders of various parties are reaching the respective current parties of such leaders and now in such a situation it’s to be seen whether these parties decided to suspend these leaders or expel them. It may also happen that some of these gruntled leaders be appeased but the situation has party’s office bearers have a keen eye on some leaders which has given rise to various internal jokes among the party workers. —First India Bureau PROBE AND ACTION AGAINST POLICE OFFICIALS FOR DERELICTION OF DUTY Eight persons lost their lives while several were injured in Lakhimpur Kheri violence and people from different political backgrounds were justifying killings and accusing others for the incidents. It was reported that the role of police and administration will also be probed and action will be taken against officials for dereliction of duty. Mass lynching by an aggressive mob has killed several innocents in the recent past while political leaders were hiding their faces behind blames for others. Increasing rage in public has become a matter of concern and it could take a more ugly turn if responsible continue with their vested interests. The lives of innocent people were more important than accomplishing lethal political agendas and taking advantage of killings. ‘PRIYANKATOBEFACEOFELECTIONCAMPAIGN’ Campaign committee chief said the AICC general secretary is the most popular political figure in the state First India Bureau New Delhi: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be the face of the Con- gress’ election cam- paign in UP, party’s newly-appointed cam- paign committee chief P L Punia said on Sun- day, asserting the AICC general secretary is the most popular po- litical figure in the state at present. Punia, who on Friday was named as the head of the key 20-member election campaign committee of the Con- gress for the UP polls next year, noted that very rarely has the Congress announced a chief ministerial face and said that not hav- ing declared one till now will not hamper the party’s chances as it already has a person- ality like Priyanka Gandhi to lead the charge against the BJP. It is a direct contest between the Congress and the BJP in the UP polls as both the Sama- jwadi Party and the Ba- hujan Samaj Party have “fallen behind” were “not in the fight any- more”, Punia told PTI in an interview. Punia said Priyanka Gandhi has fought for truth on all issues and when the Lakhimpur Kheri inci- dent happened, she im- mediately left to meet the family of the vic- tims, and was detained in Sitapur, but re- mained determined in her quest for justice. He said she was “success- ful” in her struggle and went to Lakhimpur Kheri and Bahraich to met the families of the victims. Punia said ear- lier also be it Sonbhad- ra, Unnao or Hathras incidents -- Priyanka Gandhi had fought for justice. “So, the people are impressed by her and currently in the entire state, no politician is more popular than Pri- yanka Gandhi. As far as around whom the cam- paign will be centred, we are fortunate that Priyanka Gandhi is available for (campaign- ing) all the time,” he said. There are always demands from other states for Priyanka Gandhi to campaign hold one or two meet- ings, but in UP she is available 24X7, Punia said. “Priyanka ji hi hu- mara ek chehra hongi jinke ird-gird poora election campaign chalega (the election campaign will be re- volve around Priyanka Gandhi),” he said. Pu- nia said Lakhimpur Kheri incident justice for farmers would be important issues in the elections, asserting that the way farmers were “trampled upon”, was a condemnable incident. First India Bureau Bahraich: Two farm- ers were killed in light- ning strikes following a sudden change in weather while four farmers were seriously injured who have been admitted to the district hospital for treatment. The police have taken the body of the dead in possession sent it for post-mortem. Six peo- ple, residents of Behada village of Kharighat po- lice station area were hit by lightning on Sun- day afternoon. It is be- ing told that Santosh Kumar, aged 45 years, a resident of Behda vil- lage, had gone to plow the field with a tractor while 30-year-old Chan- dan was grazing buffa- loes in the field. Also, Jagdish (60), Dhruv Ku- mar (25), Shakir (42) were grazing cattle nearby . Suddenly, when the rain came with strong winds, everyone stood under the mango tree in the field. Then suddenly with a strong thunder, light- ning fell on these six farmers and all col- lapsed. Meanwhile, the relatives who arrived in a hurry after receiving information took them to Community Health Center Kharighat for treatment. First India Bureau Varanasi: Head consta- ble Anil Rai (51) com- mitted suicide by shoot- ing himself 5 times with his own carbine in the police line hostel of Varanasi in the after- noon. He was posted as Diwan in Rural Police. After getting informa- tion, SP (Rural) Amit Verma reached the spot and investigated the reasons for the suicide. The body was sent for postmortem. Earlier on September 21, a police- man posted in Varanasi Rural had also commit- ted suicide. The investigation is still going at the scene of the incident. The reason for the suicide is not yet known in the case of Anil who com- mitted suicide by firing indiscriminately at himself. According to information, Harikesh Rai, father of head con- stable Anil Rai, is a resident of the Kotwali area of Bareilly while the wife and children live in Jaunpur. Police Commissioner Crime/ Headquarters Subhash Dubey told that Anil had built a house in Murshidabad, Jaun- pur. He has two sons who are studying for graduation. Wife Sad- hna Rai lives in Jaun- pur with both the sons. Dubey told that Anil was selected as a constable in the 1991 batch. A few days ago, a minister came to Chan- dauli and Anil Rai was put in his duty. No con- crete reason behind this suicide has been revealed. First India Bureau Pratapgarh: Criminals opened fire on a police team that had gone to raid an area under the Lalganj police station in Pratapgarh district on Saturday night causing injury to 2 policemen and 1 criminal. The in- jured policemen and criminals were taken to medical college from where they were re- ferred to Prayagraj. A team of police had gone to Babu Tara vil- lage under Lalganj po- lice station to arrest a criminal about whom it had earlier received in- formation about. The criminals upon seeing the police opened fire at the team causing gun- shot wounds to SWAT team constable Satyam Yadav and Shriram Sin- gh posted at Lalganj po- lice station. The police then opened retaliatory firing during which a criminal named Tau- feeq got shot and later arrested by the team. All the injured were taken to medical college from where the doctors referred them to Praya- graj for further treat- ment. SP Satpal Antil said that the police had received information that several criminals were holed up in Babu Tara village following which a team of police- men had gone to raid the village and nab the criminals. He added that seeing the police team the criminals opened fire at the un- suspecting police team during which the 2 con- stables were injured. He further added that the police then had to open retaliatory firing causing injury to an ac- cused named Taufeeq. SP Satpal Antil said that while all the in- jured are being treated in the Prayagraj, a man- hunt has been launched to nab the other crimi- nals involved in the in- cident. He added that during the raid the po- lice team recovered il- legal pistols and car- tridges from the spot. First India Bureau Bareilly: UP Special Task Force (STF) has arrested two members of an international drug peddling gang and recovered drugs worth Rs 1 crore from them. STF sources here said that with the help of a tip-off, the STF team ar- rested Mohammad Yu- suf alias Hafiz Usman from Shahgarh colony in Bareilly district. One mobile phone, Rs 7.40 lakh cash, 1.80-kilo- gram drugs were recov- ered from the arrested accused. During interroga- tion, Usman told police that he was supplying drugs to Mohammad Yusuf, Mushtaq Arif for a long time. It was also revealed that Us- man his wife Rihana was arrested for drug peddling by STF a few months back. More than 17 criminal cases were registered against Usman under drug ped- dling and other charges and further investiga- tions are underway . The police were trying to fetch criminal records of other accused as he was involved in drug peddling for a long time. First India Bureau Lucknow: The Teams from Health Depart- ment will soon go door-to-door in search of patients who show symp- toms like fever, co- rona, dengue, ma- laria, and filaria- sis along with the search for mal- nourished people in the state. The program will start on 19th October from Prayagraj the Health Depart- ment has set up a total of 4196 teams to get the task done. The teams which will visit every house in the village, town cit- ies will make a list of people who have been showing symptoms like fe- ver and cough for more than 2 weeks and such patients will be shifted to the hospital for treatment along with conduction of tests for Dengue and corona. —FILE PHOTO —FILE PHOTO —FILE PHOTO —FILE PHOTO —FILE PHOTO ‘CM MOS GUILTY OF PROTECTING MISHRA’ COP HANGS SELF IN POLICE LINES Chief Minister Adityanath Union minister of state for home Ajay Mishra were both “guilty” of protecting the accused in the case, he al- leged. Punia said “real justice” will be done when the minister is removed and pointed out that a high level delegation under Rahul Gan- dhi has also met President Kovind to press for this demand. Asked if having not declared a CM face till now would hamper the Congress’ chances in the UP polls, Punia said Congress rarely declares a CM face whether it is Uttar Pradesh or other states. On September 21, the police officer Bab- ban Ram Dewan, a resident of Ballia had also committed suicide by hanging himself in the barracks of Police Lines. Investigation is still going at the scene of incident. Lightning strike kills 2 farmers in Bahraich THE DAMAGE Miscreants attack police team during raid in Pratapgarh Police constable shoots self in Varanasi’s Police Line hostel HEALTH DEPT TO CONDUCT DOOR-TO- DOOR VISITS UP STF nabs 2 with drugs worth `1 crore in Bareilly
  • 9. LUCKNOW | MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021 08 2NDFRONT www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Nishant Nagar Agra: The whole coun- try is celebrating the corona vaccination of 100 crore people in In- dia. In this sequence, District Magistrate Pra- bhu Narayan Singh and SSP Muniraj took out a Corona Vaccination Cy- cle rally from the dis- trict headquarters. After going up to Fatehpur Sikri, this ral- ly reached back to the district headquarters. During this 100 km of cycling was done. The team of Agra Po- lice was constantly there for the safety of the cyclists and they were welcomed by the police at Fatehpur Sikri. DM Prabhu Narayan Singh said that we are doing 100 km cycle ride to celebrate the achieve- ment of administering 100 crore vaccines. Starting from the dis- trict headquarters, the rally went to Fatehpur Sikri. After completing the 50 km journey here, we are going back to the district headquarters. This ride has been named Corona Vaccine Ride. Agra DM, SSP cycle 100 km to celebrate 100cr Covid vaccinations MILESTONE  The event that attracted cycle enthusiasts was held from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri completing the 100 km course Agra DM Prabhu Narayan Singh and SSP Muniraj along with cyclists on Sunday. CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENT BJP PLAYS TRUMP CARD BJP- backed Nitin Agarwal set to be Dy Speaker of UP Assembly Lucknow: Nitin Agar- wal, who was elected as a legislator on the Samajwadi Party tick- et but then cozied up to the ruling BJP, is all set to be the deputy speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly with the support of the saffron party. A miffed Samajwadi Party, which has field- ed Narendra Verma as its official candidate for the contest that is taking place just months ahead of the 2022 assembly polls, hit out at the BJP, ac- cusing it of trying to sabotage democracy, and asserted that the post should tradition- ally go to the opposi- tion party . After the election on Monday , Uttar Pradesh will get its first Deputy Speaker of the Legisla- tive Assembly after a gap of over 14 years. In the 2017 assembly polls, the BJP had won 304 seats in the 403-member UP Legis- lative Assembly and its majority in the House will ensure Agarwal’s victory . Samajwadi Party had moved the Speak- er seeking disqualifi- cation of Nitin Agar- wal from Assembly 5-6 months and around 15-20 days back the Speaker rejected the petition. “The BJP has fol- lowed all parliamen- tary traditions. The post is (generally) re- served for the princi- pal opposition party. You (Samajwadi Par- ty) were not able to give a candidate, and when a candidate came, it was Nitin Agarwal, and we are supporting him. We have come here to give respect to the parlia- mentary traditions,” Adityanath later told reporters. Reacting to the op- position’s criticism, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khan- na said Nitin Agarwal became an MLA on an SP ticket, and even to- day is an SP MLA. “All the parliamen- tary traditions were followed. And if there are two candidates in the fray, there will be voting,” he said. Nitin Agarwal wore a blue ‘patka’ bearing the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slo- gan at the time of fil- ing his nomination. His father and former UP minister Naresh Agarwal was also pre- sent. “I have submitted four sets of nomina- tion papers. Those who have proposed my name are Congress MLA from Harchand- pur Rakesh Pratap Singh, BSP MLA from Purva Anil Singh, Cab- inet ministers Suresh Khanna, Swami Pras- ad Maurya and Ashu- tosh Tandon, minister Chhatrapal Singh, and MLA Rajpal Verma,” MLA Nitin Agarwal told PTI during an in- teraction . After filing the nom- ination papers, the MLA said that he has not formally joined the BJP. —PTI NO SABOTAGE, EVERYTHING WITHIN PURVIEW OF REGULATIONS: KHANNA Lucknow: On allegations by the opposition parties of Uttar Pradesh, which were led by Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi, that the BJP is trying to sabotage democracy, parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Khanna went on to clarify, “These allegations are be- ing levelled for a long time, and there is no strength in them. What is sabotage? I don’t think so. It is within the purview of the rules and regulations of the House.” CM YOGI ADITYANATH, STATE BJP CHIEF PRSENT DURING NOMINATION PROCESS Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh were present during the filing of nomination of Nitin Agarwal for the post of Deputy Speaker of the legislative assembly on Sunday. Nitin Agrawal’s father Naresh Agarwal had quit the Samajwadi Party and joined the BJP in 2018. After the election on Monday, Uttar Pradesh Assembly will be all set to get Nitin Agrawal, as a Deputy Speaker after a long gap of 14 years. UP needs Yogya govt, not Yogi govt: Akhilesh First India Bureau Lucknow: Samajwa- di Party president and former Uttar Pradesh chief minis- ter Akhilesh Yadav Sunday attacked the BJP, saying the state needs a ‘yogya’ (com- petent) government and not a Yogi gov- ernment. Speaking to re- porters he further al- leged the BJP “be- lieves in filling pock- ets instead of pot- holes.” “UP needs a ‘yog- ya’ (competent) gov- ernment and not a Yogi government,” he said.He was speaking after for- mer UP chief of Ba- hujan Samaj Party RS Kushwaha and former MP Kadir Rana joined the SP. “At a number of plac- es, the price of petrol has crossed Rs 100 per litre, and the pub- lic is forced to buy everything at a high- er price. The prices of diesel and LPG cylinders have also increased”, said Akhilesh. —PTI State President of Pradesh Rajya Karmachari Sanyukt Parishad Harikishore Tiwari, former UP Chief of BSP RS Kushwaha, former MP Kadir Rana and many other leaders joined SP on Sunday in presence of Akhilesh Yadav. CASTE CENSUS Two thrashed during idol immersion First India Bureau Mau:Two members of Durga Puja committee were thrashed in a clash during idol immersion in Kopaganj town on Sunday . Police sources here said that some miscre- ants attacked on puja committee members af- ter a feud that cropped due to dancing on DJ songs during idol im- mersion. It was reported that all other Puja commit- tee members halted the procession and de- manded arresting of miscreants who at- tacked on devotees. One Amit Jaiswal and Ritesh Gupta were injured in attack of miscreants. Senior po- lice officials rushed to spot, when the devotees protested against police administration about the incident. VIP’s electoral debut with Nishad rallies in UP Man pleads before ‘Ram’ against police atrocities First India Bureau Lucknow: The Vi- kassheel Insaan Party (VIP) of Bihar will make its electoral debut in Uttar Pradesh by holding ‘Nishad Chet- na’ rallies in the state. VIP plans to organise public meetings in the state’s eastern districts, which have a sizeable population of the Ni- shad community, up to October 31. According to VIP President and Bihar minister Mukesh Sah- ni, Nishads should not be a seeker but a part- ner in governance and must ‘wield power’. The VIP, according to sources, plans to coun- ter the Nishad Party which has entered into an alliance with the rul- ing BJP in Uttar Pradesh. The two parties, both banking on Nishad votes, have been locked in a war of words in re- cent weeks. The Nishad Party, led by Sanjay Nishad, which is supporting the BJP government in the state, is already in the fray and fighting for reservation for the com- munity . Sahni said in an obvi- ous reference to the Ni- shad Party, that “some selfish Nishad leaders are working for the ben- efit of their families”. The demands raised by the party include res- ervation for Nishads, Kewats, Binds, Kashy- aps and other commu- nities. First India Bureau Basti: Somnath Ni- shad, a resident of Ut- tar Pradesh’ Basti dis- trict, has reached Ayod- hya wearing a banner and carrying a placard. He is pleading before Lord Ram to help him get justice from police “atrocities”. Nishad, who has trav- elled 70 km on foot from Basti to Ayodhya, told reporters that the local police have lodged sev- eral fake criminal cases against him. “I have knocked on every door but no one has helped me. I have no hope left for getting jus- tice there so I have come to Lord Ram because he is almighty. I am confi- dent that I will get jus- tice here,” he said. Nishad said that trou- ble began in a clash with some residents in his village earlier this year and the then Sub- Inspector Deepak Singh filed a case against him. “He booked me under the Gonda Act and I have been pleading with all police officers to review my case but no one has done so,” he said. Vikassheel Insaan Party Chief Mukesh Sahni. Proposed model of Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya. SP forms Baba Saheb Vahini to garner Dalit votes across UP First India Bureau Lucknow: With an eye on the Dalit vote bank before next year’s assembly elec- tions in Uttar Pradesh, the Sama- jwadi Party set up ‘Sa- majwadi Baba Saheb Ambedkar Vahini’ and appointed Mithai Lal Bharti, a former BSP leader, as its pres- ident on Saturday . Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said in a statement here that SP national president Akhilesh Yadav announced the formation of ‘Sama- jwadi Baba Saheb Ambedkar Vahini’. The party president nominated Bharti as the national president of the vahini and ex- pects him to form its national executive soon and submit de- tails for approval, the statement said. Akhilesh Yadav had announced the forma- tion of Baba Saheb Vahini on April 14, the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar, but action was not taken then. Bharti was earlier associated with the Bahujan Samaj Party and he held many im- portant positions, in- cluding that of zonal coordinator of Purvanchal. He had also been incharge of some states, the state- ment said. About two years ago, he joined the Sa- majwadi Party, ex- pressing faith in the policies of the party and Yadav’s leader- ship. The meaning of life is an individual concept, there are as many meanings as there are humans on this planet. —Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO Editor-in-Chief, First India —FILE PHOTO
  • 10. LUCKNOW, MONDAY OCTOBER 18, 2021 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia 09 FASHION CONNECT SEASON 10 ichael Cinco, a Dubai- based Filipino designer best known for his fabu- lous couture gowns. His innate creativity and masterful techniques have catapulted him to the front ranks of fashion. He has cultivated a dedicated following for the luxe and intricacy of his de- signs, with their fresh, elegant and detailed juxtapositions of fabric and Swarovski crystals. Jagdeesh Chandra graced the oc- casion as the Chief Guest and fe- licitated Michael for his dynamic collection. Brand ambassador Rish- ee Miglani, Director Lokesh Shar- ma and GM Fairmont Rajiv Kapoor thanked the elite audience for their support. Urvashi stunned us while wear- ing the royal ball gown as she walked the ramp for designer Mi- chael Cinco. Urvashi was the show stopper for the event and she made us too, stop and stare at her in com- plete awe. The massive ball gown showcased intricate detailing. The lavender, white and pink flower pat- tern spread all over the piece stood out completely. Urvashi tied her hair in a bun and opted for a heavy silver hairpiece. She chose a brown colour shade for eyes and nude col- our for lips. She wore a complete fairy tale cinderella dress. Actor- comedian Sunil Grover also walked down the ramp with Urvashi in an all-silver traditional attire. Michael designed the $1Million wedding gown of Swarovski heiress Victoria Swarovski, one of the most expensive wedding gowns in history . THE FIRST INDIA FASHION CONNECT SEASON 10, HELD RECENTLY AT HOTEL FAIRMONT JAIPUR SHOWCASED A GRAND FINALE BY INTERNATIONAL DESIGNER MICHAEL CINCO. ACE ACTRESS AND SUPERMODEL URVASHI RAUTELA AND ACTOR-COMEDIAN SUNIL GROVER WALKED THE RAMP AS THE SHOWSTOPPERS OF THE MEGA EVENT! Cinco’s Roaring COLLECTION MITALI DUSAD mitalidusad01@gmail.com M “A Michael Cinco woman is moneyed. She may not be born into royalty but she better be married into one. My clothes appear seamless. They look heavy and yet they float. They look expensive simply because they are.” —MICHAEL CINCO Models walking the ramp (From left): Urvashi Rautela, Kanishtha Dhankar and Sunil Grover Urvashi Rautela, Michael Cinco and Sunil Grover —PHOTOS BY SANTOSH SHARMA
  • 11. DR MRIDUL BHASIN aipur as the capi- tal city of the state of Rajasthan can be called the cul- tural centre of the nation. It is re- plete with history, culture and all the contex- tual subjects referable to it like music, dance, design, clothing, food, crafts and architecture. So many sub- ject specialists have taken inspiration from the city yet none came closer to the iconic creation by Charles Correa who conceptual- ized and created Jawahar Kala Kendra. The concept and history of the cultural centre set the context for the Potpourri column here best as the great architect designer’s idea and assimi- lation expresses - ‘Jawahar Kala Kendra itself encases all that history, art and cul- ture stand for.’ The centre’s architec- tural design and space uti- lization is based on Jaipur’s historical plan by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh the second who was a scholar, mathematician, astronomer and a lover of every kind of art our coun- try cherished. Sawai Jai Singh’s city plan, guided by the Shilpa Shastras, was based on the ancient Vedic mandala of nine squares or houses repre- senting the nine planets. It included two imaginary ones: Ketu and Rahu. As Charles Correa said, ‘The design of JKK comes from the city of Jaipur itself, which was based on the nine squares each repre- senting nine planets.’ His plan invokes the original navagraha or nine house mandala directly. One of the squares of the centre is pivoted to recall the origi- nal city plan and also to create the entrance. In the Kendra, the squares are defined by 8m high walls and are a symbol of the for- tification walls of the old city of Jaipur. The use of pink and beige sandstone and marble inlay, the wall paintings, the stepwell de- sign in the Madhyvarti all recall the wealth of mate- rial, design and crafts the state of Rajasthan houses. Externally, the planets appear on the red sand- stone facades as symbols inlaid in white marble and granite. The plan configu- ration of nine squares cor- responds internally to the mythological qualities of each planet. Mars signifies power, so the place of Mars houses the offices of ad- ministration; Guru repre- sents knowledge, and so forms the museum library; Venus as the artistic sign encloses the theatre com- plex, and so on. At the very centre of the universe, and imparting to the planets its creative energy, the sun manifests in the stepped amphitheatre, a reservoir of knowledge and conflu- ence of aesthetic experi- ence, of meeting and re- flection. The journey through the building is marked by a diversity of spatial variations. There are chawks big enough to be an amphitheatre, there are long corridor spaces to be used as the art galleries, the food space, smaller rooms that are used for art expositions and work- shops or a curio shop. As one moves through the cor- ridors a sense of heritage, design and an ancestral vocabulary unfold. The cultural expres- sions of delving deep into its own past, recreating it as Charles Correa did so beautifully in architectur- al innovation of JKK, has not happened so success- fully within the city of Jaipur or the state of Ra- jasthan. State’s creative tendril has gone far be- yond the state to inspire designers, singers and painters beyond the boundaries of our coun- try. We will be talking about all that in our cul- tural potpourri column to underline the inspiration- al value of Jaipur’s herit- age. The world of art, fash- ion clothing, design, ar- chitecture, films, jewel- lery both royal as well as tribal and folk music have enhanced aesthetic expe- rience and business both for the world not to men- tion the travel and tour- ism potential the state of Rajasthan enjoys because of this. It would be worth exploring the impact of Rajasthan’s heritage. Has it generated innovation in indigenous talents? Does it generate replicas? Does it encourage innovations or fusion within home and abroad? The kind of inter- pretative impact it had on Charles Correa is highly symbolic and layered. Yet the viewer’s response to Jawahar Kala Kendra as an iconic space is that of ‘rasanubhuti,’ as the great aesthete Abhinav Gupt states in his treatise on aesthetics. 10 ETC LUCKNOW | MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia F A C E O F T H E D A Y CHANCHAL TANWANI, MODEL LEO JULY 24 - AUGUST 23 Carelessness at work can get you on the wrong side of a senior. A family gathering is likely to provide you a chance to meet everyone. Someone is likely to help you in getting a good property deal. Those eligible may do well to take some time to think over a marriage. LIBRA SEPT 24 - OCTOBER 22 You will need to adhere to strict dietary control to keep good health. On the professional front, you may find sharing someone’s workload a bit distasteful, but you will keep up the façade of a willing worker. Avoid risks on the road today. ARIES MAR 21 - APR 20 You are likely to take a break from your hectic work schedule. Your actions may arouse suspicion and get parents on your back. You are likely to benefit from a property related matter. Something that had been worrying you in the past is likely to get resolved. SAGITTARIUS NOV 23 - DEC 22 Some of you may get a step closer to coming back in shape. Despite your efforts, a decision regarding property may not go in your favour. Marriage is on the anvil for the eligible. You can have a soft corner for someone you feel attracted to at workplace. GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 21 Suitable accommodation is likely to be taken on rent by those looking for one. Blaming someone else for your mistakes on the work front may show you in a bad light. Those staying separated from the family are likely to get a chance to visit home which shall rejuvenate them. AQUARIUS JAN 21 - FEB 19 Starting something new on the professional front is likely to have better financial prospects. Encouraging developments on the career front are foreseen for some. You may remain in celebratory mood on the social front as you enjoy your popularity within your circle of friends and relations. TAURUS APR 21 - MAY 20 Satisfaction on the professional or academic front may elude you, but it will not deter you to perform well. Disturbances at home will need to be curtailed to retain a peaceful environment. Don’t give any information about a property deal to those you don’t know well. CAPRICORN DEC 23 - JAN 20 You will be able to effectively curb expenses. You will have to put your trust in people, if you want to establish yourself on the professional front. Acquiring new property is on the cards for some. Help in household chores will be forthcoming. VIRGO AUG 24 - SEP 23 Disinterest will be apparent in a task assigned to you on the professional front. Much caring and sharing at home is likely to keep you happy and contented. Something that you had wanted to initiate on the home front may face delays, but will ultimately be done. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 23 A chance to become part of a prestigious organiza- tion is on the horizon for some. Some domestic responsibilities will have to be discharged promptly to keep the domestic boat from rocking! Don’t take any decisive step regarding a property, as it can be unfavourable. PISCES FEB20 - MARCH 20 Financial position will remain satisfactory, but overspending should be guarded against. A satisfying day is foreseen for professionals. A marriage proposal for the eligible in the family can be received. Property acquired recently promises to give good returns. SCORPIO OCT 23 - NOVEMBER 22 You will find things moving the way you want them at work. Your focus can be health at this juncture and taking up an exercise regimen just to come back in shape cannot be ruled out. Tensions on the family front cannot be ruled out. A property issue is best left untouched today. YOUR DAY Horoscope by Saurabbh Sachdeva POTPOURRI: Looking Inwards for Inspiration J Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
  • 12. nushka Shar- ma shared a lovey-dovey post of her life with hus- band-skip- per Virat Kohli after being quarantined at the venue of the India- Pakistan T20 World Cup match, to be held on October 24. Taking to her Insta- gram handle, Anush- ka shared a series of pictures from a UAE hotel, where the Indian team is staying for the upcoming match T20 World Cup match against Pakistan. In pictures, Anushka captured Virat standing a few balconies away from her and also of him wav- ing to her from the lawn below. —Agency ETC LUCKNOW | MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021 11 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia A CHUCKLESOME MARRIAGE? REVIVING OLD MELODIES! A fter launching the action-packed trailer of the movie, ‘Sanak – Hope Under Siege’, the makers have unveiled the first romantic track ‘O Yaara Dil Lagana’ featuring Vidyut Jammwal and Rukmini Maitra.‘O Yaara Dil Lagana’ is going to be a visual treat for all the music buffs, it’s a reprised version of the original song from the movie ‘Agnisakshi’ (1996) Jackie Shroff, Manisha Koiral. —CityFirst WEDDING BELLS! B ill Gates and Melinda Gates’ daugh- ter Jennifer Gates tied the knot with her equestrian boyfriend Nayel Nassar on Saturday in Westchester County, New York, as confirmed by People. The couple exchanged their vows in a small ceremony, ceremony as per reports. Jennifer and Nayel’s marriage comes a year after they announced their engagement in 2020. Jennifer’s parents Bill and Melinda jointly walked her down the aisle at the ceremony. Jennifer and Nayel’s guestlist for the wedding reportedly consisted of 300 guests. —Agency G al Gadot is coming back as Wonder Woman for a third film and the big news was recently confirmed by di- rector Patty Jenkins on Saturday , Oc- tober 16, at the DC Fandom 2021 event. Jen- kins provided an update on the film being in the works and promised it was going to be exciting during a chat with for- mer Wonder Woman from the 70s series, Lynda Carter. Jenkins who has helmed the past two Wonder Woman films spoke about her character, “We’re super excited about Wonder Woman 3.” —Agency RETURN OF WONDER WOMAN! Kohli after being quarantined at the venue of the India- Pakistan T20 World Cup match, to be held on October 24. Taking to her Insta- gram handle, Anush- ka shared a series of pictures from a UAE hotel, where the Indian team is staying for the upcoming match T20 World Cup match against Pakistan. In pictures, Anushka captured Virat standing a few balconies STAYING SAFE SATURDAY NIGHT! Kim Kardashian proved her haters wrong by making her successful Sat- urday Night Live debut. It was also Adele’s epic week as the Grammy- winning musician hosted a surprise Instagram Live, announced her highly-awaited album ti- tled 30 and dropped its lead single, Easy On Me. —Agency CELEBRATIONS! CELEBRATIONS! F ashion Connect Director and ace choreogra- pher Lokesh Sharma celebrated his birthday with friends at Cafe Bae, Jaipur on Friday, October 15. Various prominent personalities like Rishee Miglani, Ayan Chugh, Jassi Chhabra, An- jula and Mohit Falod, Wrick- ie Angrish greeted him on the occasion. —City First Ayan Chugh and Rishee Miglani Lokesh and girls Wrickie Angrish Mohit Falod, Lokesh with the guests Kim Kardashian Akash Gupta and Nitika Seth Britney Spears ...her post Anushka Sharma SCARED SPEARS! An enraged Spears vented on Insta- gram, expressing her concerns for the future and her rage at the system. “I’ll just be honest and say I’ve waited so long to be free from the situation I’m in,” she wrote. She further penned, “Now that it’s here I’m scared to do an- ything because I’m afraid I’ll make a mistake!!!,” she wrote. ” —Agency T he celebrated stand-up comedian and winner of Comicstaan 2, Akash Gupta, got engaged to the love of his life, Nitika Seth on Sunday. ‘The Sky Gupta, ’ as reads his Instagram, was seen wearing a stunning black Sherwani from Jatin Malik couture while the to-be bride was captured in a scintillating blue gown. Content creator Kusha Kapila congratulated the happy couple and wished them a beautiful life ahead. —City First Nayel Nassar and Jennifer Gates Rukmini Maitra and Vidyut Jamwal ...her post A Gal Gadot