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Volunteers engage
in rescue of possible
survivors after a bus
carrying a marriage
party fell into a
river on Kota-Dausa
highway, in Bundi
district on Wednesday.
One wedding, 24
funerals as bus
plunges into river
Bundi: Twenty-four
people were killed and
five others sustained
injuries after a private
bus carrying a wed-
ding party fell into a
river on Kota-Dausa
highway in Bundi dis-
trict on Wednesday
morning, police said.
The wedding party
with at least 29 persons
on board was headed to
Sawai Madhopur from
KotawhendriverShyam
Singh apparently lost
controlof thebusaround
9.30amwhileonabridge
nearPapdivillageunder
Lakheri police station
limits, Lakheri Sub-In-
spectorRajendraKumar
told PTI over phone.
The bus, then,
plunged into Mej riv-
er from the bridge
that had no wall or
railing, he said.
Thirteen people died
onthespotincludingthe
driver while the others
succumbed to their inju-
ries on the way to a hos-
pital in Lakheri town,
the policeman added.
Turn on P10
Ashok Gehlot
@ashokgehlot51
I am deeply sad-
dened to learn about
the tragic accident in
#Bundi in which 24
people have lost lives
after the bus fell into
river Mej.. My heartfelt
condolences to the
bereaved families who
have lost their loves
ones in this tragedy. I
wish speedy recovery
to all injured.
NEW PROGRAMMES
 Under the MukhyaMantri Pak
SangrahYojana, farmers will be
provided subvention of `30,000 per
unit for construction of small godowns
in the farm. `300 crore allotted
 To 65000 vegetable retail vendors
will provided large size umbrellas
and for same government allots `8
crore
 On the line of Smart City programme
the state government has launched
Smart town programme
 Famous Heritage City Vadnagarwill
be developed as a tourists place with
approximatee xpenditure of `200 cr.
with the joint efforts of Government
of India
 Works of 4.56 kms. long four lane
Signature Bridge on Arabian Sea
connecting Bet
 Dwaraka and Okhais in progress at
the cost of `962 crore
 Gujarat Ne Jano, under the programme
will motivate foreigh country youth to
visit state and know Gujarat.
 State will be setting up Tanariri
Performing Arts College at Vadnagar,
it has provided `1 crore for it
 Gandhinagar City to get Police
Commissionerate
 Under Safe City project for safety and
security of women `63 crore provided
 Will set up museum bringing alive
the glimpses of Krishna Leela at Bet
Dwarka
 Madre Vatan Yojna to encourage
donors to create better facilities in
villages
 Mukhya Mantri Mahila Utkarsh Yojana
 Mukhya Mantrai Gramya Svanirbbhar
Yojana, `7 crore allotted
 New Maternity Child Hospital at
Vadodara, `180 crore provided
 A provision of `12 cr. for introducing
the course of Department of Advance
Defense
 Technology at IIT RAM in collaboration
with DRDO
HEALTH,
EDU SCORE
BIG IN GUJ
BUDGETFirst India News
Gandhinagar: Keeping
an eye on the key local
body elections this
year, the State Govern-
ment has tried to reach
out to larger sections
of the society with
Deputy Chief Minister
and Finance Minister
Nitin Patel presenting
a zero new-taxes budg-
et, while he announced
a slew of farmer re-
lated programmes and
incentives.
Patel presented a Rs
2,13,000 crore budget,
which also includes a
majorannouncementof
allocatingday-timepow-
er supply to farmers.
Besides rural areas,
the Finance Minister
has announced that
along with smart cities
there are plans to devel-
op tier-2 cities and talu-
ka headquarters into
smart towns. He also an-
nounced that the gov-
ernment would recruit
11,000 police personnel.
Thereisanannounce-
ment to attract urban-
ites by a scheme of Rs
40,000 assistance for 800
e-rickshaws, Rs 10,000
per vehicle for 1,000 bat-
tery-operated vehicles.
For farmers, the budget
proposes to purchase
mini-solarpoweredtrac-
tors and for installing
charging points in cities
for electric vehicles.
Tocoverlargenumber
of migrant labourers in
the State, Nitin Patel has
announced free State
Transport services to go
for work. For women
construction workers,
the government has
launchedfinancialassis-
tance programme for
four months.
To address youth, the
scheme of computer
tablets has been extend-
ed, while Turn on P10
NITIN PATEL OFFERS ‘SARVOTTAM BUDGET’ TARGETING LOCAL BODY ELECTIONS
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Nitiin Patel head towards the house to present the State Budget.
`11,243 cr
for health
`7,423 cr
for Agriculture
`31,955 cr
for education
Rupani calls budget ‘allrounder’ for State
First India News
Gandhinagar: Chief
Minister Vijay Rupani
has described the State
Budget as one for “all
round development” in
the all the sectors to
provide “all the facili-
ties” to the last man in
the last mile, to make
the State from ‘uttam’
to ‘sarvottam’ (from
‘excellent’ to ‘best of
all’) and second to none.
Welcoming the budget
presentedbyDeputyChief
MinisterandFinanceMin-
ister Nitin Patel, Rupani
said the budget is funda-
mentally to increase in-
come for the welfare of all
sectionsof thesociety–for
social,educational,health,
farming, fishing, small re-
tailers, women and divy-
ang (differently abled).
Rupani said the budget
is to promote natural
farming by cow, farther
from fertiliser, while the
government will give
Rs.30,000 per unit to build
mini godowns in the farm
itself under the Chief
Minister’sCropCollection
Scheme as a cover against
damage to Turn on P10
Vijay Rupani@vijayrupanibjp
Gujarat has facilitated Ease of Doing
Business under Business Reform Action
Plan. This has provided unprecedented
momentum to industrial growth.
If opposition
MLAs propose to
visit the Statue of
Unity,we are ready to
make all arrangements.
Opposition leader of whip
should propose it in
writing. The government
will make best
arrangements including
transport for the visit
—Nitin Patel
...chuckles during
Budget speech
ANOTHER ’84 IN DELHI?RECALLING 1984 RIOTS, HC ORDERS COPS TO
ENSURE PASSAGE FOR INJURED TO HOSPITALS
DEATH TOLL CLIMBS UPTO 24 INCLUDING AN IB
OFFICER, WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND IN A DRAIN
New Delhi: We cannot
let another 1984-like
event happen in this
country, Justice S Mu-
ralidhar of the Delhi
High Court said on
Wednesday, in a
strongly-worded mes-
sage to the govern-
ment - at the centre
and in Delhi - to work
together to combat un-
relenting violence that
hit parts of the nation-
al capital for a fourth
consecutive day today.
The court’s com-
ment came after it
watched a video of
BJP leader Kapil
Mishra, who has a his-
tory of making hate-
filled communal rants,
make yet another in-
cendiary speech in
northeast Delhi’s Mau-
jpur neighbourhood
on Sunday afternoon.
Atleast24peoplehave
been killed, including a
Delhi Police officer and
an Intelligence Bureau
officer, and over 200
have been injured in the
clashes, which began
Sunday afternoon as
groups for and against
the controversial citi-
zenship law clashed in
Maujpur, where Kapil
Mishra was speaking.
Turn on P10
TIMING ‘UNCONDUCIVE’ TO HEAR
SHAHEEN BAGH, NEXT DATE ON MAR 23
The Supreme Court Wednesday deferred the hearing
of the Shaheen Bagh matter to 23 March as it
took note of the sensitive situation in Delhi over the
contentious Citizenship Amendment Act. “Let this
fandom cool down. The timing is not conducive to hear
this matter. It is for law enforcing administration to
ensure environment is conducive,” a Bench comprising
Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph. The court also made
some harsh comments about the Delhi Police even
as the Solicitor General of India, urged the court not
to do so. Justice Joseph said that there was lack of
professionalism on part of the police. “The problem is
lack of professionalism of police. If this had been done
before, situation would not have risen,” Bench said.
Inshallah, there
will be complete
peace: Doval to
Delhiwallahs
New Delhi:In an effort
to diffuse the simmer-
ing tensions in parts of
northeast Delhi
marred by violent
clashes, National Secu-
rity Advisor Ajit Doval
Thursday reached out
to locals and assured
them the situation is
under control.
“Situation is totally
under control. People
are satisfied. I have
confidence in law en-
forcement agencies.
Police are doing its
work,” Doval said af-
ter visiting the areas.
While interacting
with locals, a student
wearing a burqa walked
up to him and said “we
are not feeling safe and
comfortable.” Turn on P10
NSA Ajit Doval interacting with
locals in northeast Delhi.
IB OFFICER ANKIT SHARMA FOUND
DEAD IN CHANDBAGH OF DELHI
Body of Intelligence Bureau
Officer Ankit Sharma
was found in the North-East
district’s Chand Bagh area
here on Wednesday. The
North-East district of the
national capital has been
witnessing incidents of
violence and arson for the
past two days. The death toll
in the violence between pro
and anti CAA protesters in the areas of North-East
Delhi has risen to 20 on Wednesday, according to
GTB Hospital authorities.
Women walk past as security personnel stands guard at Maujpur area after recent clashes
broke out between two groups over the new citizenship law, in New Delhi on Wednesday.
LAX DELHI
POLICE IN
LINE OF FIRE
s parts of Delhi continued to sim-
mer on Wednesday, bringing back
nightmarish memories of previ-
ous carnage in the national capi-
tal and some other states, the role
of a politically compromised police force has
come both as a shock and disappointment.
Indoctrinated, because whether it was at
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia
or the recent violence, Delhi Police have been
accused of playing a partisan role.
They are alleged to have watched list-
lessly even as hooligans ran riot burning
shops and vehicles and assaulting people.
So much so that both the Supreme Court
and the Delhi High Court expressed their
anger and agony over what can be termed
as a dereliction of duty by the police.
Coming down heavily on the police for not
doing enough to check violence and those
making inflammatory speeches, the Supreme
Court said that violence could have been
averted if only the police acted against the
instigators. Citing the examples of police
in the UK and US, Justice KM Joseph said
that the police in these countries act pro-
fessionally and as per law. Sensing the
court’s mood the Solicitor-General re-
quested the Bench not to make any ad-
verse observation as it would demoralize
the force.
The Delhi HC was equally unsparing.
Slamming a police officer for saying that he
had not watched the video of BJP leader Ka-
pil Mishra threatening the anti-CAA protest-
ers, Justice S. Muralidhar had the video clip
played in the court. Clips of speeches made
by Anurag Thakur and Pravesh Verma were
also played. While Thakur had instigated his
audience against Shaheen Bagh protesters
with goli maaro saalon ko (shoot the traitors),
Verma had called them “rapists and murder-
ers”. The court asked the police about the
delay in the registration of FIRs against the
instigators.
Expressing his angst, Justice Muralid-
har said, “Just register an FIR. Commu-
nicate it to your commissioner of police.
This is the anguish of a constitutional
court. Why are you not showing alacrity
when it comes to registration of FIR in
these cases? We want peace to prevail.
This city has seen enough violence. Let
us not repeat 1984.”
Advocates of the police commissionary
system should realize that a new nomencla-
ture does not really empower the force to
act against leaders of the party in power.
Taking independent decisions or defying
political leadership has its own conse-
quences.
After so much of rebuke, the BJP in Delhi
should on its own ask for FIR to be registered
against its leaders accused of instigating
trouble out of respect for judiciary. They can
always withdraw the cases later. Uttar
Pradesh has already set an example, howso-
ever bad it may be.
IN-DEPTH
A
ublic represen-
tation of sci-
ence in the me-
dia still strug-
gles to reflect
the true diversity of those
who work in science, tech-
nology, engineering or
mathematics (STEM). Ac-
cording to a 2019 report
from the Women’s Lead-
ership Institute Austral-
ia, women are quoted as
sources in just 33% of
science news stories.
However, this figure is
based on 19 articles col-
lected within a much
broader study, of which
science news was not a fo-
cus. To really understand
the diversity of STEM rep-
resentation in the media,
we need a bigger sample.
Some masters students
and I collected a represent-
ative sample of 655 articles
published in Australia’s
mainstream and science
news media during 2018. In
the case of international
media companies with an
Australian presence, we
looked at articles posted on
their Australian edition,
some of which were pro-
duced locally and some re-
published from overseas.
We tallied the genders
of the journalist, sourc-
es quoted directly or in-
directly, photographer
and photo subject in
these articles. If any
gender was not explicit-
ly stated using a readily
g ender-identifiable
name (like Jane or Ab-
dul) or an explicit per-
sonal pronoun, we cate-
gorised the gender as
“unidentified”.
Our preliminary results
show that in the 468 STEM-
related news articles that
used direct gender-identifi-
able quotes, both women
and men were quoted as
sources in 28% (133). Arti-
cles exclusively quoting
men comprised 52%
(241) of the articles we
examined. Only 20% (94)
of articles exclusively
quoted women.
Of course, the devil is in
the detail, and when you
start to look at the number
of individuals quoted in
stories the difference is
stark.
A MAN’S WORLD?
If “we can’t be what we
can’t see”, then it is vital
that female scientists and
science writers are promi-
nent in the media land-
scape. But unfortunately,
our results reveal that this
landscape is still dominat-
ed by men.
There are many reasons
for this. But let’s be clear:
confronting this problem is
not a job just for women, or
just for the media. This is a
systemic, structural and
societal problem and eve-
ryone has a part to play in
formulating the solution.
This was one of many
discussions held at this
month’s Catalysing Gen-
der Equity conference,
held in Adelaide by the
Australian Academy of
Science and Science in
Australia Gender Equity
(SAGE), and featuring del-
egates from higher educa-
tion, research, govern-
ment, media and the pri-
vate sector.
Building on the re-
lease last year of the
Decadal Plan for Women
in STEM, the conference
aimed to develop tangi-
ble ways to work towards
gender equity.
Of course, gender equity
is just one part of the over-
all problem. There are
many groups through-
out society that similar-
ly need equitable repre-
sentation and inclusion.
Nobody should be mar-
ginalised or disadvan-
taged because of their
age, race, culture, reli-
gion, disability, sexual
orientation or socio-eco-
nomic status.
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Gender diversity in science media has a long way to go
P If “we can’t be
what we can’t
see”, then it is
vital that female
scientists and
science writers
are prominent in
the media
landscape
TOP TWEET
Dharmendra Pradhan
@dpradhanbjp
Met India’s Ambassador to the
US, Shri @SandhuTaranjitS.
Had productive discussions
on several aspects of Strategic
Energy Partnership as part of
the recently-announced India-
US Comprehensive Global
Strategic Partnership.
REAL ESTATE AGENT,
BOON OR BANEBroking business would transfrom from being a dynastic business to a professional one
If the broking
business is
nurtured well
and their
professional
interest is
safeguarded,
the Real Estate
Agents could be
the agents of
growth of the
industry
he Real Estate industry in
India is the second largest
job provider after agricul-
ture and is expected to grow
more than 30% in next ten
years. But, the growth of the
industry wouldn’t be achiev-
able without the help of the
broking fraternity of the in-
dustry. On one hand, the in-
dustry needs brokers or the
agents while on the other
hand the broking industry
too needs to mould itself to
be more professional. A pro-
fessional agent can really be
of great help in the growth
of the industry at large.
Gone are the days when even
an under-graduate could earn
his brokerage or commission
just by showing a property to
any prospective taker. His job
was only to introduce a buyer
to the seller (or the owner) and
an owner to the buyer (or the
tenant). But, now a days, a lot
is expected from the middle-
man in the transaction.
A Real Estate Agent is re-
quired to possess the four
major qualities - knowledge
of the construction industry,
knowledge of the law of the
land, knowledge of basic ac-
counts, finance and taxation
and the knowledge of sales
and marketing. Now a days,
so much is expected of a
Real Estate Agent in a deal
that at times, he plays the
role of a sales manager, at
other times that of a pro-
curement manager, at yet
another time that of a regis-
tering agent while some-
times that of a lawyer and
arbitrator too. At times, when
representing the seller, a bro-
ker is also expected to play the
role of a Chartered Architect
who is required to explain the
technical aspects of the project
to the prospective buyers. Sim-
ilarly, when representing the
buyer, he is also expected to
play the role of a Chartered Ac-
countant who is required to
answer all tax implications of
the transaction to his clients.
Often, the terms agent, deal-
er, broker and consultant are
used commonly and inter-
changeably for all those who
are part of any real estate deal
other than the seller or the
buyer. There are different
kinds of professionals for dif-
ferent kinds of real estate
deals. The parties concerned
should choose their agent or
the broker carefully and wise-
ly and the one who is specifi-
cally qualified for the job. A
professional who is dealing in
lands possesses a different set
of skills than the one dealing
in residential premises. Simi-
larly, a sale deal is different
than a lease deal. Half the deal
is done if the middleman is
chosen well.
One of the most signifi-
cant changes of the real es-
tate broking business in In-
dia would see in the times to
come is the shift from being
a dynastic business to a pro-
fessional one. This profes-
sion which hitherto was be-
ing carried out largely by
non-professionals and the
less qualified ones is now
seeing the presence of high-
ly qualified professionals
who really are an asset to
the industry and help a deal
happen smoothly. If the bro-
king business is nurtured
well and their professional
interest is safeguarded, the
Real Estate Agents could be
the agents of growth of the
industry.
The sections 9 and 10 of
the recently introduced
RERA do cover the role of a
Real Estate Agent but, only
of those agents who repre-
sent the builders. It is defi-
nitely better to have some legal
recognition of agents than
none but, the scope of the act
needs to be widened to resale
transactions and also to lease
and rent transactions.
It is worth noting that
there are approximately 2.5
lakhs Chartered Account-
ants and over 5.0 lakhs Real
Estate Practitioners in India.
The Chartered Accountants
have an autonomous insti-
tute of their own governed
by the act of parliament
while the real Estate Practi-
tioners have no such body.
A national level body is re-
quired to produce, train and
groom such professionals. In
order to do so, there is a re-
quirement of setting up a na-
tional level body or an insti-
tute such as the Indian Insti-
tute of Real Estate Profes-
sionals. In absence of any
such properly recognised
national level organisation,
local associations and com-
munities mushroom up
which most of the time cause
more harm to its members
than benefit them and more
misguide them than guide
them. On top of it, a deluge
of portals and social media
pages have come up which
are neither authentic nor
regulated and often tend to
mislead their patrons. The
electronic portals selling real
estateacrossthecountryshould
alsoberegisteredandregulated.
T
If the broking
business is nurtured
well and their
professional interest
is safeguarded, the
Real Estate Agents
could be the agents of
growth of the industry
ALOK
GUPTA
The author is the President,
Estate Agents Association of
India, Central Zone One
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New Delhi: Prime
Minister Narendra
Modi and the United
States President Don-
ald Trump have wel-
comed an endeavour
between the Indian
Space Research Or-
ganization (ISRO) and
the National Aero-
nautics and Space Ad-
ministration (NASA)
for development and
launch in 2022 of a
joint space mission.
“They (Modi and
Trump) welcomed an
endeavour by Indian
Space Research Organi-
zation (ISRO) and Na-
tional Aeronautics and
Space Administration
(NASA) for develop-
ment and launch in 2022
of a joint mission with
the world’s first dual-
frequency Synthetic Ap-
erture Radar satellite,
and applauded discus-
sions that advance coop-
eration in Earth obser-
vation, Mars and plan-
etary exploration, helio-
physics, human space-
flight, and commercial
space cooperation,”
read a statement by the
Ministry of External
Affairs of India (MEA).
At the Namaste Trump
event in Ahmedabad on
the first day of his two
day India visit, Trump
had said that United
States and India are also
working closely togeth-
er on the future of space
exploration.
“You are making im-
pressive strides with
your exciting Chan-
drayaan Lunar Pro-
gram. It is moving along
rapidly, far ahead of
schedule, and America
looksforwardtoexpand-
ing our space coopera-
tion with India as you
push even further. You
are pushing the limits --
and that’s a great thing
-- including in realm of
human spaceflight,” he
said in his address.
Modi and Trump also
expressed their desire
to increase higher edu-
cation collaboration
and educational ex-
change opportunities,
including through the
“Young Innovators” in-
ternships, and wel-
comed the recent
growth in the number
of Indian students in
the United States.
Taking note of the
ongoing corornavirus
outbreak, Modi and
Trump also committed
to continuing their ef-
forts in the areas of pre-
vention and early detec-
tion of the deadly virus.
“In support of global
efforts to prevent, de-
tect, and respond to dis-
ease outbreaks such as
novel COVID-19, Prime
Minister Modi and Pres-
ident Trump committed
to continuing their suc-
cessful efforts in the ar-
eas of prevention, early
detection, and rapid
outbreak response,” the
statement read.
The two leaders
also appreciated the
effort to promote ac-
cess to high quality
and affordable medi-
cations for consum-
ers of both countries.
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MODI, TRUMP HAIL TALKS ON MARS EXPLORATION,
COMMERCIAL SPACE COOPERATION
Delhi violence: PM Modi appeals for brotherhoodNew Delhi: In his first
reaction on the Delhi
violence, Prime Min-
ister Narendra Modi
appealed for peace on
Wednesday even as he
held an “extensive re-
view” on the prevail-
ing situation that has
become a cause of
concern for law en-
forcement agencies.
Taking to Twitter, the
Prime Minister said:
“Had an extensive re-
view on the situation
prevailing in various
parts of Delhi. Police
and other agencies are
working on the ground
to ensure peace and
normalcy.”
Appealing for calm
to restore normalcy,
Modi said peace and
harmony are “central
to our ethos”.
“I appeal to my sis-
ters and brothers of
Delhi to maintain peace
and brotherhood at all
times. It is important
that there is calm and
normalcy is restored at
the earliest,” he said.
Modi’s appeal came
minutes after Con-
gress interim chief
Sonia Gandhi held a
rare press conference
in New Delhi, flanked
by former Prime Min-
ister Manmohan Sin-
gh and senior leader
P. Chidambaram
where the party de-
manded Home Minis-
ter Amit Shah’s resig-
nation for allegedly
being unable to con-
tain the violence.
So far, 20 people have
been killed in the Delhi
violence which appears
to be one of the worst in
recent times. A consta-
ble too succumbed to
injuries that sparked
massive outrage.
On Monday, a Delhi
Police head constable
was killed in commu-
nal clashes even as
Delhi Lieutenant Gov-
ernor Anil Baijal and
Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal ap-
pealed to the people
to maintain peace and
harmony.
On Wednesday morn-
ing, the body of an Intel-
ligence Bureau employ-
ee was recovered from
the affected area which
was found dumped in a
drain, sparking further
outrage.
The cause of the
violence is believed to
be a clash between
right wing and anti-
CAA protesters after
those in support of
the legislation
blocked a road of
northeast Delhi’s Jaf-
frabad area, in a simi-
lar fashion to that of
Shaheen Bagh, over
the weekend.
Several areas includ-
ing Jaffrabad, Maujpur,
and Gokulpuri re-
mained tense on
Wednesday. Police and
paramilitaryforceshave
also been deployed in
parts of northeast Delhi
that have been affected.
Rioters set ablaze a shop during clashes between those against and those supporting the
Citizenship (Amendment) Act in at Gokalpuri in north east Delhi.
Shah speaks to family of
injured Shahdara DCP
New Delhi: Union
Home Minister Amit
Shah on Wednesday
spoke to the family of
the injured Shahdara
Deputy Commissioner
of Police Amit Sharma,
injured during clashes
between two groups in
Delhi’s Gokulpuri, and
inquired about his
health.
Shahdara DCP Amit
Sharma was injured
during clashes be-
tweentwogroups
in Delhi’s Gokul-
puri on Mon-
day. One Delhi
Police head
constable
l o s t
his life during the
clashes on Monday.
“The situation is very
tense. We are continu-
ously receiving calls
related to incidents of
violence from North-
East Delhi,” Delhi Po-
lice stated. The Com-
missioner of Police also
held a meeting at
Seelampur DCP Office
on Monday night.
M e a n w h i l e ,
Guru Tegh Ba-
hadur Hospital
informed me-
dia that the
death toll in
the violence
that went up
to 24.
At the Namaste Trump event in Ahmedabad on the first day of his two day India visit, Trump had said
that United States and India are also working closely together on the future of space exploration.
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`10 crore
EARMARKED FOR A SNAKE RESEARCH CENTRE
AT DHARAMPUR AND KHADMOR BIRD BREEDING
CENTRE NEAR VELAVADAR, RADIO COLLATING OF
LEOPARDS, PROCESSING OF DRAGON FRUIT
`1,019 crore
ALLOCATED FOR THE CLIMATE CHANGE
DEPARTMENT, WITH RS 281 CRORE SET
ASIDE FOR THE PRESERVATION AND
CONSERVATION OF FORESTS.
First India News
Gandhinagar: Finance
Minister Nitin Patel
stated in the State As-
sembly that the State
Government is taking
serious steps to protect
the forests and environ-
ment. He said charges
are recovered from the
user agencies when for-
est land is given for oth-
er purposes.
There is a provision
of Rs 281 crore for the
preservation and con-
servation of forests.
Patel said, “A provi-
sion of Rs 250 crore has
been made under the
Compensatory Affores-
tation Fund Manage-
ment and Planning Au-
thority (CAMPA) for
undertaking foresta-
tion, conservation for
forests, land, and soil
conservation, manage-
ment of wild animals
and biological resourc-
es management.”
AsmuchasRs10crore
has been earmarked for
a snake research centre
atDharampurandKhad-
mor bird breeding cen-
trenearVelavadar,radio
collating of leopards,
plantation and process-
ingof dragonfruitinthe
tribal area. For cattle
fodder, a provision of
Rs24 crore has been
made for the construc-
tion of 40 new godowns
to upgrade storage ca-
pacity.
The Finance Minister
has allocated Rs 15 crore
to give subvention to
cattle-keepers by devel-
opinggrasslandinKutch
district,toreducemigra-
tion. Meanwhile, Rs 1
crore has been given to
develop a holy forest in
the tribal areas by grow-
ing trees of religious im-
portance in tribal areas.
To do away with the
single-use plastic in the
nurseries,aprovisionof
Rs2crorehasbeenmade
for creating single-use
plastic bag free nursery.
FM allocates `250 cr for afforestation
CONSERVATION

BUDGET
PROVISION HAS
BEEN MADE FOR
UNDERTAKING
FORESTATION,
FORESTS, LAND,
AND SOIL
CONSERVATION,
MANAGEMENT
OF WILD
ANIMALS AND
BIOLOGICAL
RESOURCES
HEALTH FIRST
The government has allo-
cated Rs2,000 crore for health
schemes catering to women,
including Purak Poshan Yojna,
Pradhan Mantri Matru Van-
dana Yojana, Bal Sakha Yojna,
Kasturba Poshan Sahay Yojna,
Poorna Yojana.Focusing on
women’s safety, Rs12 crore
has been allocated for the 181
Abhayam Mahila Helpline and
Rs63 crore, for Nirbhaya Fund.
Female construction work-
ers will receive assistance of
Rs5,000 for each of the last
two months of pregnancy and
two months after delivery,
for which Rs6 crore has been
allocated. The budget has set
aside Rs193 crore for Mukhya
Mantri Mahila Utkarsh Yojana,
where established ‘Mahila
Utkarsh Juths’ may avail of
interest-free loans of up to
Rs1 lakh. The government has
also allocated Rs80 crore to
set up Urban Health Centres
to provide pregnant women
regular health check-ups and
nutritious food.
TIME FOR RELIEF
Anganwadi workers have received special attention in this budget.
It is an inclusive
budget that caters
to all sections of
the society. It is
heavily focused
on rural and
agrarian sector.
Electricity relief
will help lakhs of
consumers. This
government is
truly pro-poor and
concerned about
the development
of tribals and
urban labourers.
Jitu Vaghani
Guj BJP Presdient
The BJP claims
to have given a
surplus budget,
but the real
numbers will
come towards the
year-end. For the
last few years, a
huge difference
has been seen
between budget
planning and
implementation.
It suggests a
lack of financial
discipline.
Manish Doshi,
Spokesperson,
Congress
We welcome the
increase of Rs
12,472 crore in
the budgetary
outlay this. We
appreciate the
announcement of
new solar energy
projects in the
State Budget. It
is a development-
oriented budget
with stress on
agriculture,
education
and renewable
energy.
Durgesh Buch,
GCCI
President
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SNIPPETS
HYBRID PARK: The country’s largest
hybrid park will be coming up
in Kutch and it will generate
25,000 MW power per
year through both solar
and wind energy. The
State and national public
sector companies will be
investing in this project and
Rs 1,00,000 crore investment is
expected. Gujarat State Electricity Corporation
Ltd is setting up 2500 MW Solar power plant,
of that for 250 MW plant it has allotted Rs 449
crore. It is coming up on government land near
GETCO substation. The State is also planning to
install 140 new substations.
SCIENCE : The government has allocated
Rs 497 crore for the Science
and Technology department.
Of that, Rs 75 crore will
be used to set up theme-
based development like
aquatics, robotics, space
and astronomy in the
Science city. To construct
Biotechnology University, the
state government has provided a fund of Rs
43 crore. All 14,400 gram panchayats will
be connected with optical fibre and the State
Government has provided a fund of Rs 10
crore. There is also a plan a set up an advanced
laboratory at a cost of Rs 7 crore.
TRIBAL: The State Government has
allocated Rs 14,106 crore for
Vanbandhu Kalyan Scheme.
Under the scheme, it
provides cycles under
Vidya Sadhana Scheme, it
sets up Samaras Hostel.
The Finance Minister has
allocated a fund of Rs 20
crore Rs 20 crore to Birsa
Munda Tribal University situated at Rajpipla.
The State is creating a talent pool schemes,
under which it will bring 1,300 bright students
for this scheme it will provide funds of Rs
11 crore. Pre-schools 12 lakh students are
distributed school uniforms and for that Rs 75
crore are earmarked.
TOURISM: The Finance Minister has
earmarked Rs 480 crore. Using
Rs 23 crore, it has a plan to
develop Shukal Tirth, Kabir
Vad, Mangaleshwar, and
Angareshwar as a mega
circuit. State will plan to
allocate more five crores
for the development. It also
plans to develop Nadabet Sima
Darshan Yojana, where various infrastructure will
be developed at an investment of Rs 35 crore.
For the expansion of Ambardi Lion Safari Park in
Amreli state provided Rs five crore.
SAUNI to ease
water shortage
First India News
Gandhinagar: Water-
harvesting and water-
management practices
through various irri-
gation schemes will
now ensure that water
from areas with a sur-
plus reaches areas fac-
ing a shortage of wa-
ter. The state govern-
ment’sdreamSaurash-
tra Narmada Avtaran
Irrigation (SAUNI)
project will now sup-
ply water to areas with
a shortage. With the
first two phases of the
project completed, 32
reservoirs, 48 lakes
and more than 181
check dams have been
filled with Narmada’s
water.
In Kutch, around
57,850 hectares has
been covered under the
scheme. The state gov-
ernment has further
allocated Rs100 crore
for the extension of the
project. The state has
also included Piyaj-
Dharoi-Redlakshmipu-
ra-Kehrava-Visnagar
under the scheme. A
provision of Rs55 crore
has been made, which
hasalreadybeenimple-
mented. A Rs250 crore
lift irrigation scheme
has also been under-
taken in the tribal belt
of Songadh-Uchachal-
Nizar, which will make
use of water flow from
the Ukai Dam.
600-BEDHOSPITALFORWOMEN,KIDS
New hospital to come up at Vadodara’s SSG as part of `11,243 crore allocation for health and family welfare
FOR NIROGI GUJARAT
First India News
eputy Chief Minis-
ter Nitin Patel, who
is also the state’s fi-
nance minister, on
Wednesday an-
nounced a new 600-bed ma-
ternity and paediatric hospi-
tal, to be set up at a cost of
Rs180 crore on the premises
of Vadodara’s SSG Hospital.
This is part of the Rs11,243
croreallocationthatPatel an-
nounced for health and fam-
ily welfare.
The new hospital will be-
gin being built in fiscal 2020-
21, with Rs50 crore being set
aside for the initial expendi-
ture. The minister also an-
nounced several other provi-
sions for health and its re-
lated sectors. An amount of
Rs73 crore has been allocated
forancillaryworkatPDUcol-
lege, Rajkot, and the medical
college in Bhavnagar, to in-
crease the number of MBBS
and postgraduate seats there.
At present, there are 100
MBBS seats and 64 for post-
graduate students.
Further, the state govern-
ment plans to procure 150
new ambulances under the
GVK Emergency Manage-
ment and Research Institute
(GVK EMRI)’s 108 service, at
a cost of Rs27 crore.
For cancer care, Rs16 crore
has been allocated for an MRI
machineatthegeneralhospi-
tal in Nadiad and new equip-
ment at the general hospital
in Siddhpur.
The budget sets aside
Rs125 crore for the construc-
tion of medical colleges and
hostels and upgrade existing
government hospitals in
Navsari, Rajpipla, and Por-
bandar. A provision of Rs2
crore has been made to start
a Bachelor’s programme in
Audiology and Speech-Lan-
guage Pathology at the
GMERS Medical College and
Hospital, Sola, and to begin
operations at the Cochlear
Implant Centre.
In addition, Rs21 crore has
been set aside to upgrade
Community Health Centres
in Jasdan, Dhrol, Dahegam,
Manavadar, Halol, Songadh,
and Chikhli.
D
FUTURE FOCUS
 A provision of `7 cr. for start-
ing School of Defense stud-
ies of Gujarat University by
signing an MOU with DRDO.
 A provision of `12 cr. for
introducing the course of
Department of Advance De-
fense Technology at IIT RAM
in collaboration with DRDO.
 A provision of `7.50 cr. under
“Poshan Triveni Protsahan
Puraskar” scheme- cash prize
of `12000 and `6000 will be
given to Anganwadi worker
and Tedagar respectively and
`12000 will be given to the
ASHA worker and ANM who
have well nourished all the
Anganwadis in their own lo-
cality. `35 cr. for construction
of 500 Anganwadi Centres at
the rate of `7 lakh per Angan-
wadi in urban area.
 Female construction work-
ers will be provided assis-
tance of `27,500 towards
delivery assistance upto
two children. A provision of
`6 cr. for this purpose.
 A provision of `50 crore for
providing subsidy to pproxi-
mately1,20,000 construction
workers of Ahmedabad,
Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot in
order to reduce travelling ex-
pense for commuting to Kadi-
anaka and work place by City
Bus with provision of `50 cr.
to provide the subsidy.
 A provision of `25 cr. for air-
port development at Rajpipla,
Amreli, Keshod and Mehsana
 For the establishment of Tan-
ariri Performing Arts College
at Vadnagar, a provision of
`1 cr. for promoting studies
and researchin dance, music
and drama.
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` 150 crore
HAS BEEN EARMARKED BY FINANCE
MINISTER NITIN PATEL FOR DEVELOPING
SHIVARAJPUR BEACH ON PUBLIC PRIVATE
PARTNERSHIP MODE.
`18 crore
PROVISION HAS BEEN MADE FOR INCENTIVES TO
BOOST THE NEW ENVIRONMENT OF START-UPs
AND TO ENHANCE THE FIELD OF INNOVATION
AND RESEARCH.
First India News
Gandhinagar: The an-
nual state budget grant-
ed relief to farmers in
the state after Finance
Minister Nitin Patel an-
nounced the Dinkar Yo-
jana at the state assem-
bly. Under the scheme,
farmers will be supplied
with electricity during
the daytime.
Patel said, “It has
been a long-standing de-
mand of the farmers
that they get power dur-
ing the day. So, the gov-
ernment has allocated
Rs3,500 crore to
strengthen the trans-
mission network and
install a new sub-sta-
tion. The project will be
completed over a period
of three years.”
Of this, Rs500 crore
has been set aside in the
budget for fiscal 2020-21.
Further, a provision
of Rs750 crore has been
made to intensify agri-
cultural research and
educational pro-
grammes at the state’s
agricultural universi-
ties. In addition, the
budget also includes a
Rs12-crore allocation for
the unique Gujarat Or-
ganic Agricultural Uni-
versity, to be set up
Halol. Given the loss of
crops due to unseasonal
and excessive rainfall
this fiscal, the govern-
ment has announced a
relief packageof Rs3,795
crore for farmers.
In addition, Rs50
crore has been set aside
for cow-based natural
farming, with the new
scheme providing farm-
ers monthly financial
assistance of Rs900 per
cow. Farmers can also
procure light load-bear-
ing vehicles more easi-
ly, with Rs30 crore being
allocated for the Kishan
Parivahan Yojana, un-
der which 5,000 farmers
can avail assistance of
Rs50,000 to Rs75,000
each in the initial stage.
Power(play) for Gujarat’s farmers
LIGHT & DAYLIGHT

FINANCE
MINISTER HAS
ANNOUNCED A
RELIEF PACKAGE
OF `3,795 CR
FOR FARMERS
AND ALSO
ALLOCATES
`3,500 CR
TOWARDS THE
DAY-TIME
ELECTRICITY
SUPPLY
EDUCATION AND
NUTRITION
Primary schoolchildren will get
as many as 7,000 new class-
rooms during the next academ-
ic year, with the government
allocating Rs650 crore for this
project. With Rs 35 crore set
aside for the construction of
500 anganwadi centres in ur-
ban areas, Rann anganwadis to
be built for 1,500 salt-worker
families of Surendranagar
district, and mini anganwadis
planned at the Central jails of
Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara
and Rajkot districts, infants
and toddlers have been well
considered in the Budget for
fiscal 2020-21. The spotlight,
albeit a smaller one, is also on
girl children, with Rs50 crore
allocated for the Vhali Dikari
Yojna, which complements
the Beti Bachavo Beti Bhanavo
Yojna. Children’s nutrition
has also received additional
attention, with the government
allotting Rs342 crore for the
Doodh Sanjivani Yojana.
HAPPINESS QUOTIENT
According to the budget, children will have access to better food and schools this coming financial year.
This budget is
directionless,
disappointing and
has nothing for
the grassroots
level individual.
There is a lack
of willingness to
provide minimum
selling price to the
farmers. They are
making claims to
double farmers'
income but they
are not getting the
minimum price.
Paresh Dhanani
LoP
Allocations made
in the budget
were focused on
upcoming election
of municipalities
and municipal
corporations. This
government spent
Rs100 crore for
‘Namaste Trump’
and Rs 95 crore
for Vibrant Gujarat
events. There is a
huge gap between
the claims
and the actual
expenditure.
Amit Chavda,
President, GPCC
The unemployed
youth is seeking
employment in
the government.
Currently, the
employment
generation rate
is the lowest
in 45 years.
Except 11,000
recruitment of
Lok Rakshak Dal,
there is nothing.
There is no effort
to give jobs to
even one percent
of the unemployed
youth.
Jignesh Mewani,
Independent MLA
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BUDGET POINTER
EDUCATION
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Ahmedabad: With
the government allo-
cating Rs31,955 crore
for education in fis-
cal 2020-21, as many
as 500 state-run pri-
mary schools are set
to get an upgrade in
line with the educa-
tional model in
Delhi.
Deputy Chief Min-
ister and Finance
Minister Nitin Patel
on Wednesday an-
nounced a taluka-
level ‘School of Ex-
cellence Scheme’ in
which talented stu-
dents from the talu-
ka will be identified
and taught by expert
teachers in schools
equipped with the
modern infrastruc-
tural facilities such
as smart classrooms,
computer labs,
STEM labs and
sports facilities.
Wednesday’s budget
has allocated Rs250
crore for this project,
which aims to en-
sure quality educa-
tion that meets glob-
al standards.
There will also be
a Command and Con-
trol Centre, to be set
up at a cost of Rs125
crore, which will
strengthen digital
and smart class-
rooms, provide real-
time online monitor-
ing of the scheme
and help schools
achieve and main-
tain an improved
level of education.
Another Rs125
crore has been allo-
cated to create vir-
tual classrooms
which will help ap-
proximately six
lakh children stud-
ying in 15,000 class-
rooms of primary
schools. An amount
of Rs30 crore has
been set aside under
the Digital Educa-
tion Development
Fund, to undertake
digital technology-
related activities in
221 higher secondary
schools and techni-
cal educational insti-
tutes.
Tribal students
who are studying in
colleges allied with a
hostel will each get a
monthly food allow-
ance of Rs1,500, up
from the current al-
lowance Rs1,200.
Govt saved 10
tonnes of paper
First India News
Gandhinagar: The
government is pleased
with itself for saving
10 tonnes of papers
normally used to print
budget booklets by
printing “just 100 cop-
ies” of the Budget
booklet and giving out
soft copies of the docu-
ments on pen drives.
“Every year, the gov-
ernment uses around
15 tonnes of paper
stock to print budget
books and papers for
circulation. We dis-
cussed the issue in a
meeting of the busi-
ness consultative com-
mittee and decided to
go digital to save trees.
We faced opposition
from the rival party
but we were firm on
our decision,” Finance
Minister Nitin Patel
informed the house
while delivering his
budget speech on
Wednesday.
The opposition had
opposed this move say-
ing that not all the
membersarecomputer-
savvy.“Notallthemem-
bers of the house are
computer-savvy,sothey
must give a hard copy.
The government often
gives Budget booklets
to those who do not
needthem.Theyshould
decrease this wastage
instead,” said a Con-
gress party leader.
`1,450 CR FOR MSME SECTOR`95 crore set aside for the next edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in 2021
FOR INDUSTRIAL GROWTH
First India News
hief Minister Vijay
Rupani can take
great pride in at-
tracting foreign di-
rect investment of
Rs 24,012 crore in the first
six months of the current
financial year, and this is al-
most double than Rs 12,618
crore it had attracted in
2018-19.
In the last three years, to-
tal 2,574 big industries were
established in the country,
while against that 735 units
were set up in Gujarat. That
is because of the state gov-
ernment’s ease of doing
business policy, good infra-
structure, incentive scheme
and sound law and order
situation in the state.
Under the Industrial Poli-
cy 2015, about 2,600 units
were sanctioned under the
MSME scheme in the cur-
rent financial year. The state
government has made a pro-
vision of Rs 1,450 crore for
it. The State is encouraging
employment-oriented indus-
tries and this is why the fo-
cus is on plastic industries,
mega innovative project and
aerospace and defence sec-
tors.
The State is laying deep
sea pipeline and for this an
infrastructure project is be-
ing developed with a provi-
sion of Rs 500 crore. The
state wishes that sick units
should be revived so that un-
employed people get jobs
and for this allocation of Rs
100 crore has been made.
The government has allo-
cated Rs 95 crore for the next
edition of the Vibrant Guja-
rat Summit in 2021. A Rs
18-crore provision has been
made for incentives to start-
ups, innovation and re-
search.
About Rs 150 crore has
been earmarked by Finance
Minister Nitin Patel for de-
veloping Shivarajpur Beach
on PPP mode.
C
SOPS FOR MSME
 A provision of `50 cr. for
Cow Based Natural Farming
new scheme for provid-
ing assistance of `900 per
month, i.e. `10,800 per
year.
 A provision of `12 cr. for
setting up Gujarat Organic
Agricultural University, the
first in the country, at Halol
in Panchmahal district
 A provision of `100 cr. for
new scheme providing bene-
fit of infrastructural facilities
for cow sheds, godown for
fodder storage, tubewell fa-
cility for water, solar rooftop
installation, micro irrigation
in the fodder plot, sprinkler
etc. as one time subvention
for upgrading Panjara Pols
 A provision of `8 cr. for pro-
viding large size umbrellas
to small traders protecting
them from scorching heat,
chilling cold and pouring
rain and to prevent their
fruits and vegetables from
being damaged.
 A provision of `50 cr. to
provide market committee
subvention to construct
godowns upto 5000 MT
capacity.
 500 of the state schools will
be developed as “School of
Excellence for which provi-
sion of `250 cr.
 A provision of `10 cr. for
enhancing the scope of the
education institutes of the
state to national and inter-
national level under Study
in Gujarat scheme.
 A provision of `650 cr. for
construction of 7000 class
rooms of primary schools.
State primary
schools to get
‘Delhi treatment’
Burn vehicles can
be seen which
were set ablaze
by demonstrators
following
clashes between
two groups
over the new
citizenship law,
at Khazoori Khas
in New Delhi on
Wednesday.
A security personnel conducts patrolling in Maujpur area of the
riot-affected north east Delhi, Wednesday.
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New Delhi: The Su-
preme Court on
Wednesday adjourned
till March 23 hearing on
pleas seeking removal
of the crowd protesting
against the Citizenship
Amendment Act (CAA)
at S haheen Bagh area
in the national capital.
A division bench
headed by Justice San-
jay Kishan Kaul and
also comprising KM
Joseph said that they
have to look into the
road closure issue.
“We are informed that
there are certain un-
fortunate issues that
happened,” Justice
Kaul said.
The apex court also
refused to interfere
with the application,
filed by Chandrashek-
har Azad and social ac-
tivist Bahadur Abbas
Naqvi, seeking court-
monitored SIT probe
into the alleged Delhi
riots observing that the
Delhi High Court is
looking into the matter.
The top court had on
Tuesday agreed to hear
the application about
the recent violence in
northeast Delhi over
the CAA.
The interlocutors,
appointed by the top
court to engage with
the anti-CAA protes-
tors at Shaheen Bagh
and convince them to
demonstrate at an al-
ternate location, had
submitted their report
in a sealed cover on
Monday. —ANI
ShaheenBagh:‘Timingunconduciveforhearing’
New Delhi: Family
membersof Intelligence
Bureau Officer Ankit
Sharma, whose body
was recovered from the
northeast Delhi's Chand
Bagh area on Wednes-
day, has alleged that a
few people who were
pelting stones from the
building belonging to
AAP leader and Munici-
pal Councillor Tahir
Hussain in Chand Bagh,
had killed Sharma.
Ankit's father Ravin-
der Kumar has stated
that Ankit was attacked
while he was returning
from his duty.
“Ankit went at the
site (Chand Bagh)
where stone-pelting
was taking place.
Around 15-20 people
came from Tahir's
building and dragged
5-6 people inside the
building. They also
fired at other people
who tried to save those
taken inside the build-
ing,” Kumar told ANI.
Family of IB Officer Ankit Sharma
alleges AAP neta’s involvement
Intelligence Bureau Ankit
Sharma’s mother said that her
son got a job at the age of 23.
‘Normalcy has returned
to North-East district’
New Delhi: Congress
interim President So-
nia Gandhi on Wednes-
day expressed displeas-
ure over the “top leader-
ship of the Central and
the Delhi Government”
for being silent over the
incidents of violence in
North-East Delhi.
“It is rather shock-
ing, it was expected of
the top leadership of
Central and State Gov-
ernment to speak up
(about violence in Del-
hi),” she said while re-
sponding to a journalist
in a press conference in
New Delhi. “Chief Min-
ister Arvind Kejriwal
and Centre is equally
responsible for not acti-
vating the administra-
tion to reach out to the
people to maintain
peace and harmony,”
Sonia added.
Shocking to see silence
of top leadership: Sonia
New Delhi: Union min-
ister and senior BJP
leader Prakash Ja-
vadekar on Wednesday
hit out at Congress in-
terim President Sonia
Gandhi for criticising
the Centre over vio-
lence in North-East
Delhi and asked her to
desist from playing
“politics” on the issue.
“At such times all
parties should ensure
that peace is main-
tained. They should not
blame the government
and do dirty politics.
Politicising this vio-
lence is wrong,” he
said.
Javadekar also
slammed Gandhi for de-
manding the resigna-
tion of Home Minister
Amit Shah, saying,
“They are asking where
was Amit Shah. He took
an all-party meeting
yesterday where a Con-
gress leader was also
present. Home Minister
gave directions to the
police and also boost the
morale of the police.”
‘Sonia Gandhi’s statement is
unfortunate and condemnable’
New Delhi: Congress
General Secretary Pri-
yanka Gandhi Vadra
has come out strongly
against the BJP and its
leader Kapil Mishra for
the violence in some ar-
eas of northeast Delhi,
and has appealed to the
people to maintain
peace. She also took
part in a peace rally the
Congress took out on
Wednesday.
Earlier while speak-
ing to reporters after the
Congress Working Com-
mittee (CWC) meeting,
Gandhi said “no action
on Kapil Mishra is as
shameful as his state-
ment.” She attended the
CWC meeting, which in
its resolution demanded
the resignation of Home
Minister Shah in view
of the violence in Delhi.
No action against Kapil Mishra
is shameful: Priyanka Gandhi
New Delhi: Delhi Com-
missioner of Police
Amulya Patnaik on
Wednesday said that
normalcy has returned
to a large extent in
North-East Delhi,
which has witnessed
widespread violence
over the last two days.
“Senior officers are
on rounds, extra forces
have been given and a
lot of confidence-
building measures are
being taken. Things
are being brought back
to normal,” Patnaik
said here.
Earlier today, Delhi
Chief Minister Arvind
Kejriwal said that Del-
hi Police is “unable to
control the situation
and instill confidence,”
adding that the Army
should be called in and
a curfew is imposed in
rest of affected areas
immediately.
New Delhi: Delhi Po-
lice on Wednesday re-
quested people not to
pay heed to rumours
while continuing ex-
tensive patrolling by in
the North-East dis-
trict, which has wit-
nessed widespread vio-
lence over the last few
days. The police, along
with paramilitary forc-
es, has been conduct-
ing extensive patrol-
ling in the area.”
Do not pay heed
to rumours:
Delhi Police
New Delhi: State BJP
President and Member
of Parliament from
North-East Delhi Lok
Sabha constituency,
Manoj Tiwari, on
Wednesday slammed
CM Kejriwal and stated
that he should have
come forth with his con-
cerns yesterday when
home minister Amit
Shah had called an all-
party meeting and not
create confusion on the
already tense situation
in the area. —ANI
AMID DELHI
VIOLENCE, MANOJ
TIWARI SLAMS KEJRI
POLICE FAILED TO TAKE ACTION, SAYS SC
The Congress Work-
ing Committee
(CWC) on Wednesday
passed a resolution
demanding the resig-
nation of Union
Home Minister Amit
Shah with immedi-
ate effect over vio-
lence in Delhi.
“After reviewing
the situation, the
CWC is of the firm
opinion that what
has happened in Del-
hi is a colossal fail-
ure of duty for which
the entire responsi-
bility must be borne
by the Central Gov-
ernment and par-
ticularly the Home
Minister and we call
upon the Home Min-
ister to tender his
resignation immedi-
ately,” read CWC
resolution.
“The Chief Minis-
ter and the Delhi
Government are
equally responsible
for not activating the
administration to
reach out to the peo-
ple to maintain peace
and harmony. It is
the collective failure
of the two govern-
ments that have re-
sulted in a great trag-
edy in the capital city
which threatens to
become worse by the
day,” it added.
CWC demands
resignation of Shah
over Delhi violence
CONG LEADERS
TO SUBMIT
MEMORANDUM
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar
said that PM Narendra Modi, Home
Minister Amit Shah and
National Security Advisor (NSA)
Ajit Doval are monitoring the
situation in the city after the
violence-hit its north-east areas
—Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra along with
senior party leaders sitting on a silent protest in New Delhi.
Sonia Gandhi
New Delhi: Chief Min-
isterArvindKejriwalon
Wednesday blamed “an-
ti-social, political and
external elements” for
the violence which had
engulfed parts of the na-
tional capital over the
last three days, assert-
ing that people of Delhi
do not want violence.
Speaking in Delhi As-
sembly, Kejriwal said:
“People of Delhi do not
want violence. All this
has not been done by the
aam aadmi (common
man). This has been
done by some anti-so-
cial, political and exter-
nal elements. Hindus
and Muslims in Delhi
never want to fight.”
The Chief Minister an-
nounced the compensa-
tion of Rs 1 crore and a
job to a member of Po-
lice Head Constable Ra-
tan Lal, who lost his life
at duty during the vio-
lence in Gokulpuri.
“I want to assure the
family of Delhi Police
Head Constable Ratan
Lal ji that we will take
care of them. We will
give a compensation of
Rs 1 crore and a job to a
member of his family,”
he said.
He also demanded
that the Army should be
called in the national
capital in the view of
violence which has
claimed 22 lives so far. “I
have been in touch wid
large no of people whole
nite. Situation alarm-
ing. Police, despite all its
efforts,unabletocontrol
situation and instil con-
fidence. Army shud be
called in and curfew im-
posed in rest of affected
areas immediately. Am
writing to Hon'ble HM
to this effect,” he had
tweeted. —ANI
OUTSIDERS INVOLVED IN VIOLENCE: KEJRIWAL
Arvind Kejriwal said inform the police if outsiders are coming in to destroy peace.
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DELHI TOP FUNCTIONARIES LIKELY
TO BE CHANGED?
The violence incidents in the national capital is
likely to roll many heads from LG, CS and CP.
MHA is said to be not happy the situation was
handled on the ground.
7 IPS OFFICERS RETIRING IN FEB
Only seven IPS officers of various cadres and
batches are retiring in February 2020. They
are: Pravin B Gondia of Gujarat; Arun Kumr of
Haryana; Sanjiv Kumar Singh and R A Choubey
of Madhya Pradesh; Vachipa Vise of Nagaland;
Om Prakash of Uttar Pradesh and Saroj Kumar
Gajmer of West Bengal.
SRIVASTAVA TO BE DELHI
POLICE COMMISSIONER?
In all probability, S N Srivastava will be appoint-
ed regular Police Commissioner of Delhi when
Amulya Patnaik retires this month end. In a late
evening decision MHA has appointed 1985 batch
IPS officer S N Srivastava as Sl Commissioner,
Law & Order, Delhi Police.
11 IGS IN CRPF TRANSFERRED
In a major reshuffle in CRPF, 11 IGs have been
transferred. Among them two are IPS officers
while nine are Cadre officers. Accordingly, K S
Bhandari will be new IG, RAF hq in Delhi, Arun
Kumar is going to Mount Abu as IG, Internal
Security Academy,(ISA), Pradeep Kumar Singh
to take over as IG, West Bengal Sector,Kolkata,
Anshuman yadav, IPS joins IG (Intelligence) at
CRPF, Hq, Randeep Dutta to replace Yaday as
IG of Manipur & Nagaland Sector, A V Chauhan
is coming to CRPF Academy, Kadarpur as IG,
Vikram Sahgal has been transferred to Rajasthan
Sector as IG in Jaipur, Vivek Vaid will take over
as IG (Estt) at the Hq, Ajay Kumar Yadav, IPS, will
be IG (Provisioning) at the Hq, RDS Sahi will be
IG (Communication & IT in the Hq and G V H Giri
has been posted as IG, Bihar Sector, Patna.
SC COLLEGIUM PROPOSES ELEVATION
OF JUSTICE DHARMADHIKARI
SC Collegium has recommended elevation of
Justice BP Dharmadhikari, Acting Chief Justice,
Bombay High Court as Chief Justice of that HC.
12 COLONELS SOUGHT BY DMA
The services of as many as 12 officers of Colonel
rank from various units have reportedly been
sought by the Department of Military Affairs on
deputation to work under Joint Secretaries.
CHOPRA YET TO GET ORDERS;
VACANCY OF MD, REIL ON APR 1
Government of India is yet to issue orders of
Rakesh Chopra, GM, Rajasthan Electronics & In-
struments Limited (REIL), for his appointment as
Managing Director, REIL. A vacancy of this post
is arising on April 1, 2020 with the retirement of
present MD.
SACHDEVA GETS PREMATURE
REPATRIATION TO PARENT CADRE
Manmohan Sachdeva presently posted as Direc-
tor, Department of Economic Affairs had been
prematurely repatriated to his parent cadre to
avail promotion benefit. He is an ICoAS officer of
1996 batch.
ASHRAF AMBASSADOR TO FRANCE
Jawed Ashraf , presently High Commissioner
of India to the Republic of Singapore, has been
appointed as the next Ambassador of India to
France.He is an Indian Foreign Service officer of
1991 batch.
RAJIV KUMAR POSTED AS
DIRECTOR, IRICEN
Rajiv Kumar presently working as CPD/SD had
been transferred and posted as Director, IRICEN,
Pune. He is an IRSE officer.
SANDEEP MEHRA’S SERVICES
ABSORBED AT RITES
The services of Sandeep Mehra had been perma-
nently absorbed in RITES.He is an IRSME officer.
5 IIS OFFICERS TRANSFERRED
MIB has transferred 5 Indian Information ser-
vice officers to new places. Accordingly, D J Narain
to join as ADG, PIB, Delhi, S N Pradhan going to
PIB Imphal as ADG (Region), Nungsanglemba AO
joins PIB, Delhi as ADG, Ms Nidhi Pandey has been
shifted from PIB to DD News Delhi as ADG and
Sunil Shukla joins ROB, Lucknow as Dy Director.
D G VANZARA GETS POST-
RETIREMENT PROMOTION
A 1987 batch retired IPS officer, D G Vanzara has
been given post-retirement promotion to Inspec-
tor General grade by the Gujarat Government.
VIJAYA APPOINTED AS STAFF
OFFICER TO CHIEF SECRETARY, AP
Vijaya K has been appointed to newly created
post of Staff Officer to Chief Secretary. She is a
2013 batch IAS officer of AP cadre.
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New Delhi: The Union
Cabinet on Wednesday
approved a proposal for
issuing orders for adap-
tation of central laws
under concurrent list to
Jammu and Kashmir
and 37 central laws
which were not applica-
bletotheUnionterritory
will now be applicable.
Briefing reporters
about the decisions, In-
formation and Broad-
casting Minister
Prakash Javadekar said
it was an important de-
cision after the reorgan-
isation of the erstwhile
state of Jammu and
Kashmir. “We have also
decided to pass an order
for an adaptation of
central laws under the
concurrent list. So 37
laws which were not ap-
plicable to Kashmir val-
ley are now applicable.
This will ensure that
throughout the country,
the laws passed under
the constitution are ap-
plicable,” he said.
Anofficialreleasesaid
the cabinet approved the
order for adaptation of
Central Acts in the Un-
ion Territory under Sec-
tion96of theJammuand
KashmirReorganisation
Act, 2019. —ANI
Cabinet nod on adaptation of Central
laws under concurrent list in J-K
New Delhi: In a signifi-
cant decision, the state
Cabinet on Tuesday
cleared a proposal seek-
ing amendment in the
Uttar Pradesh State
University Act 1973, to
rename of Khwaja Moi-
nuddin Chisti Urdu,
Arabi-Farsi University,
a state university, as
“Khwaja Moinuddin
Chisti Languages Uni-
versity, Lucknow”.
Sources said that the
proposal cited that in
the state, apart from
Urdu, Arabic and Farsi
languages, literary and
cultural studies as well
as research takes place
in other languages such
as Hindi, Sanskrit, Pali,
and other Indian lan-
guages as well. Also,
there is a need to study
English and foreign lan-
guages like French,
German and more as
well. —ANI
New Delhi: Cabinet ap-
proved to exempt IPGL,
incorporated for devel-
opment and manage-
ment of Shahid Be-
hesthi Port of Chaba-
har in Iran, from De-
partment of Public En-
terprises Guidelines
except in reservation
and vigilance policies.
New Delhi: Cabinet ap-
proved Surrogacy (Reg-
ulation) Bill, 2020 to pro-
vide effective regulation
of surrogacy, prohibit
commercial surrogacy
and allow altruistic sur-
rogacy. Bill is likely to
be brought in second
half of Budget Session
beginning next month.
EXEMPTION OF IPGL
FOR CHABAHAR
PORT PROJECT
Chisti varsity: ‘Urdu,
Arabi-Farsi’ replaced
with ‘languages’
SURROGACY
(REGULATION) BILL,
2020 APPROVED
New Delhi: The Delhi
Police on Wednesday
told a court here that
no cognisable offence
was found against
BJP leaders Anurag
Thakur and Parvesh
Verma.
Delhi Police has
sought time to file a
final Action Taken Re-
port (ATR) on a com-
plaint filed against the
two BJP leaders. Ad-
ditional Chief Metro-
politan Magistrate
(ACMM) Vishal Pahu-
ja, after hearing the
arguments, reserved
the order for March 2,
on a complaint filed by
CPI(M) leader Brinda
Karat against the two
BJP leaders for their
alleged hate speeches
during Delhi assembly
polls’ campaign.
Crime Branch of
the Delhi Police, in a
status report filed in
the court, said that on
the basis of the allega-
tion levelled in the
complaint, “prima fa-
cie no cognisable of-
fence has been found
to be committed”.
No cognisable offence
found: Cops on complaint
against Thakur, Verma
New Delhi: Supreme
Court Bar Association
(SCBA) passed a resolu-
tion condemning apex
court’s Justice Arun
Mishra praising PM
Narendra Modi at Inter-
national Judicial Con-
ference held, as “such
remarks reflect poorly
on the independence of
the judiciary”.
Justice Mishra, who
is third in seniority, on
Saturday, praised Modi
calling him an “inter-
nationally acclaimed
visionary”.
The lawyers’ body in
a statement said “The
SCBA expresses its
strong reservations of
the statements and con-
demns the same strong-
ly. The SCBA believes
that the independence
of the judiciary is the
basic structure under
the Constitution and
that such independence
be preserved in letter
and spirit.”
SCBA condemns Justice for praising PM
SC SEEKS REPLY
ON MUFTI’S
DETENTION
New Delhi: SCissued
a notice to J-K admin-
istration seeking re-
sponse on a plea filed
by Iltija, daughter of
formerCMMehbooba
Mufti, challenging
her mother’s deten-
tion under Jammu
and Kashmir PSA,
1978. She was also
asked to file an affida-
vit that no similar
caseispendingbefore
any other court and
posted matter for
hearing to March 18.
New Delhi: Calling
Balakote airstrike a
“successful counter ter-
ror operation launched
by the fearless Indian
Air Force air warriors”,
Defence Minister Ra-
jnath Singh on Wednes-
day said that now we do
not hesitate to cross the
border to protect India
against terrorism.
“India today cele-
brates the first anniver-
sary of Balakote air-
strikes. It was a success-
ful counter terror oper-
ation launched by the
fearless Indian Air
Force air warriors.
With the success of Bal-
akote air strikes India
has clearly demonstrat-
editsstrongwillagainst
terrorism,” Rajnath
tweeted.
The Defence Minister
later went on to salute
the Indian Air Force for
its “unmatched bravery
and courage”.
“I salute the Indian
Air Force for its un-
matched bravery and
courage exhibited dur-
ing Balakote air strikes.
Our government led by
Prime Minister Naren-
dra Modi has adopted a
different approach from
earlier governments.
Now we do not hesitate
to cross the border to
protect India against
terrorism,” he tweeted.
Rajnath Singh also
thanked PM Modi f.
“I thank Prime Min-
ister Narendra Modi for
bringing change in In-
dia’s approach against
terrorism and our ways
to counter terror. The
Surgical Strikes of 2016
and Balakote Air
Strikes of 2019 are testi-
mony to this change.
This is certainly a New
and Confident India in
making,” he said.
‘DON’T HESITATE TO CROSS
BORDERTO PROTECT INDIA’
Srinagar: IAF Chief
RKS Bhadauria said
that the message of the
Balakot airstrike,
which the IAF carried
out last year on this day,
was clear that there will
be a robust response to
a terror attack from
across the border.
“The message is clear
that it will no longer be
a status quo, if there is
an attack orchestrated
from across the border
there will be a response
and it will be a robust
response,” he said. He
flew a sortie in MiG-21
of 51 Squadron with
two Mirage-2000s and
Sukhoi-30MKI from Sri-
nagar airbase to mark
completion of one year
of Balakot airstrikes.
“Today is the Balakot
anniversary. So, it was
really to get back to the
boys to spend some time
with them, fly a mission
with them,” he said.
Will give ‘robust
response’ to
attack from
Pakistan: IAF
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and other IAF officers.
CISF TO HANDLE
AIRPORTSECURITY
Srinagar: Security of
Srinagar and the Jammu
airports have been handed
over to CISF and all police
personnel posted there
have been called back with
immediate effect. All po-
lice personnel of executive
and armed wings posted
there are transferred to
their respective wings
and parent departments
immediately.
PIPIGANJ MARG
TO BE RENAMED
Lucknow: In the long list
of ‘name change’ of cities
or areas undertaken by UP
government, next name
will be of Pipiganj Marg,
which will be changed to
Sri Ram Pratap Bahadur
Marg. The nine kilometer
long road, from Badya
Chowk to Pipiganj in
Gorakhpur Janpad, will be
dedicated to Ram Pratap
Bahadur, a social activist.
SPICEJET TO START 11 NEW
FLIGHTS FROM MARCH 29
New Delhi: SpiceJet will launch 11 new do-
mestic flights, including on Srinagar-Mumbai
route, from March, according to a release. There
would be non-stop flights on Mumbai-Leh,
Leh-Srinagar and Srinagar-Mumbai routes.
Besides, there would be additional frequencies
on Mumbai-Rajkot, Delhi-Dharamshala and
Bengaluru-Vijayawada sectors. Among others,
there would be two new flights on the Jaland-
har-Jaipur-Jalandhar route under the regional
connectivity scheme.
ISRO TO LAUNCH GEO IMAGING
SATELLITE ON MARCH 5
New Delhi: ISRO on Wednesday said that GSLV-F10
will launch geo imaging satellite, GISAT-1, from
Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on
March 5. “Geosynchronous Satellite Launch
Vehicle (GSLV-F10) will launch geo imaging satellite
(GISAT-1) from the second launch pad of the SDSC
SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is tentatively sched-
uled at 1743 Hrs IST on March 05, 2020, subject to
weather conditions,” ISRO said. Weighing about
2,275 kg, GISAT-1 is a state-of-the-art agile Earth
observation satellite.
NATIONAL TECHNICAL TEXTILES MISSION
NAT’L STATUS
IN THE COURTYARD
IAF SPEAKS
LAST EXTENSION
TO ACCUSED IN
MALEGAON CASE
Mumbai: A special
National Investiga-
tion Agency (NIA)
court in Mumbai on
Wednesday granted
last extension to all
the accused in the
2008 Malegaon blast
case who were ab-
sent during hear-
ings, including BJP
MP Pragya Thakur.
The court said
that all accused
have to follow the
earlier orders of
court of remaining
present in court at
least once a week
from now onwards.
So far, Thakur had
been citing health
or engagement as a
MP as her reasons.
Plessis rested for
Aus ODI series
Cape Town: Faf du
Plessis has again been
left out of South Afri-
ca’s One-Day Interna-
tional squad for the
three-match series
against Australia start-
ing on Saturday, but
coach Mark Boucher
said that the veteran
batsman remains in the
team’s future plans.
Saudi to host
richest horse race
Riyadh: In Saudi Ara-
bia this week hosts the
world’s richest horse
race, with USD 20 mil-
lion in cash prizes on
offer in the latest inter-
national sports extrav-
aganza designed to
boost its battered glob-
al image.
Nadal off the
mark in Acapulco
Acapulco: In Rafael
Nadal marked his re-
turn to action with a
straight-sets victory
over Pablo Andujar as
he launched his bid to
reclaim the world num-
ber one ranking at the
Mexico Open in Aca-
pulco.
Sakshi’s Olympics
dream over
Lucknow: Sonam
Mailk downed Sakshi
Malik for the second
time in a row, this time
by pinning the Olym-
pic medallist, to make
it to the Indian team
for next month’s Olym-
pic Qualifiers on
Wednesday.
BRIEF
in
Canberra: Skipper
Heather Knight
smashed the first cen-
tury of the women’s
Twenty20 World Cup
Wednesday as England
emphatically got their
campaign back on track
with a crushing 98-run
win over minnows
Thailand.
England had looked
vulnerable as they
crashed to a six-wicket
defeat against South Af-
rica in their opening
Group B game on Sun-
day, following a shock
10-wicket hammering
by Sri Lanka in their
final warm-up last
week. With only the top
two from each of the
two five-team groups
qualifying for the
knockout phase, defeat
in Canberra would have
left their tournament in
tatters. But Knight hit
an unbeaten 108 in a
tournament-best 169-
run partnership with
Natalie Sciver (not out
59) to secure the vital
win. England’s 176 for
two was also the highest
score by any team so far.
“We were gutted after
the performance the
other day so it was very
important that we
bounced back with a de-
cent performance here,
which we did,” said
Knight. Every game is a
must-win game for us
now. It was a nice start
to get on the board to-
day but we have a long
way to go in this compe-
tition and we’ve got to
keep the momentum go-
ing and put in strong
performances.” Debu-
tants Thailand, who
came through qualify-
ing, have now lost both
of their games after an
opening seven-wicket
defeat to the West In-
dies. ” said Thai cap-
tain Sornnarin Tip-
poch. “The nature of
T20 is getting runs on
the board so we are
working on our batting
game.”
Sornnarin won the
toss and opted to bowl
and it couldn’t have
started better with Amy
Jones stumped from the
second ball of the day.
When Danielle Wyatt
went without scoring in
the second over, 2009
champions England
were reeling at seven
for two.
Knight slams century to beat Thailand by 98 runs
New Delhi: Australia
run-machine Steve
Smith moved past India
captain Virat Kohli to
reclaim the No.1 Test
batsman. Kohli dropped
5 points after a poor out-
ing in both the innings
of Wellington Test as
India skipper scored
only 2 runs in the first
innings of India’s 1st
Test against New Zea-
land and was dismissed
for a 43-ball 19 in the
second innings.
Virat Kohli has now
slipped to No.2 in the
ICC rankings for Test
batsmen with 906
points. Steve Smith
leads Kohli by 5 points.
Other than Kohli,
Ajinkya Rahane (760),
Cheteshwar Pujara
(757) and Mayank Agar-
wal (727) occupy the
next 8th, 9th and 10th
positions respectively.
Meanwhile, Kohli’s
counterpart Kane Wil-
liamson surpassed Aus-
tralia’s batting sensa-
tion Marnus La-
buschagne to regain the
3rd spot in ICC Test
rankings on the back of
his match-winning in-
nings of 89 runs at the
Basin Reserve. India
pacers Jasprit Bumrah
and Mohammed Shami
dropped points and
slipped from the top 10
ranked bowlers, leaving
R Ashwin as the only
Indian in the top 10,
ranked No.9 with 765
points.
However, Kiwi veter-
an pacer Tim Southee
jumped eight spots in
the ICC Test rankings
for bowlers, courtesy
match-winning returns
of 9/110 in the first Test
between India and New
Zealand.
Smith dethrones
Kohli to regain
top spot in Test
Gujarat students shine
inKIUGheldinOdisha
Man City file
appeal against
ban at CAS
Gujarat’s finance budget cuts `19 cr
in sports sector, provision of `560 cr
SHARAP-OVER
Steve Smith regained the top spot with
911 points in the Test rankings
India skipper Virat Kohli is now ranked
2nd with 906 points to his name
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University Games was
organised in Odisha in
which students of Sard-
ar Patel University Vid-
yanagar College par-
ticipated. Students of
Sardar Patel University
Vidyanagar won silver
medal. The Games were
organised in Odisha
from February 21 to 24.
Uttkarsh Dixit from Pa-
tiala & Priyanka
Thakran from Rohtak
claim gold.
London: Manchester
City has filed an ex-
pected appeal at the
Court of Arbitration
for Sport against a two-
year ban from Europe-
an soccer competition.
The club met its late-
Monday deadline to
challenge UEFA, CAS
said. “It is not possible
to indicate at this time
when a final award in
this matter will be is-
sued,” the court said. It
is unclear if City will
seek UEFA’s consent
for a public hearing.
Gandhinagar: Gujarat
Deputy Chief Minister
and Finance Minister
Nitin Patel presented a
Budget of Rs 2,17,287
crore for the financial
year 2020-21.
A provision of Rs 560
crore has been made for
the sports sector. It is
noteworthy that last
year the finance minis-
ter made provision of
Rs 579 crore for sports
development, which
means that this time it
has reduced by Rs 19
crore. FM Nitin Patel,
while presenting the
budget in the Legisla-
tive Assembly, said that
many players in the
state have benefited
from the Khel Maha-
kumbh and Gujarat has
now moved ahead in the
field of sports. The plan-
ning of the Khel Maha-
kumbh has created a
competitive atmosphere
in the sports sector with
the increasing interest
in sports among the
youth of the state and
hence a provision of Rs.
79 crore for district level
sports school.
It has been made to
take it further. In addi-
tion to this, a provision
of Rs 6 crore, under the
Shaktidoot scheme, has
been made for the inten-
sive training and educa-
tion of emerging talent
in the field of sports.
HITCHED!
Australia’s star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell took to
social media on Wednesday to announce engagement
with long-time Indian girlfriend, Vini Raman.
North Carolina: Five-time
Grand Slam winner Maria
Sharapova, one of the world’s
most recognisable sportswom-
en, on Wednesday announced
her retirement at the age of 32.
“Tennis - I’m saying goodbye,”
Sharapova said in an article for
Vogue and Vanity Fair maga-
zines. “After 28 years and five
Grand Slam titles, though, I’m
ready to scale another moun-
tain - to compete on a different
type of terrain.” Sharapova
burst onto the scene as a su-
premely gifted teenager and
won her Grand Slams before
serving a 15-month ban for fail-
ing a drugs test at the 2016 Aus-
tralian Open. The Russian for-
mer world number one’s rank-
ing is currently 373rd.
Sharapova has hardly played
in the past year because of long-
standing shoulder problems.
When she did play she lost as
many matches as she won and
was dumped out in the first
rounds at Wimbledon, the US
Openand,mostrecently,theAus-
tralian Open in Melbourne.
Sharapova shot to fame as a gig-
gly 17-year-old Wimbledon win-
ner in 2004, the third-youngest
playertoconquertheAllEngland
Club’s hallowed grass courts.
Controversial career of
two years drugs ban
The Russian, who moved to
Florida as a child, served a
15-month ban after failing a
doping test in 2016. Since that
suspension, and managed to
reach only one major
quarterfinal.
SHARAP-OVERSHARAP-OVER
Former World No 1
says goodbye to tennis
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
35
WTA
Singles
titles
SINGLES
win loss
601
2004
2008
2006
2012,2014
145
2004WTA C’SHIP TITLE
2008FED CUP
2012OLYMPICS SILVER MEDAL
GRAND SLAM HIGHLIGHTS
WIMBLEDON
AUSTRALIAN OPEN
US OPEN
FRENCH OPEN
CAREER EARNING
$ 325 million
In giving my life
to tennis, tennis
gave me a life. I’ll
miss it everyday.
I’ll miss the
training and my
daily routine:
waking up at
dawn, lacing my
left shoe before
my right, and
closing the court’s
gate before I hit
my first ball of
the day. I’ll miss
my team, my
coaches. I’ll miss
the moments sit-
ting with my fa-
ther on the prac-
tice court bench.
There are people around who
rekindle your spirit, keep them
close and value them always.
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Gandhinagar: Perenni-
ally in a denial mode on
the issue, the State Gov-
ernment has admitted
on the floor of the State
Assembly that at least 13
farmers committed sui-
cide because of crop fail-
ure during the last two
years.
Out of these, 10 suicides
have occurred in the Sau-
rashtra region alone.
The highest numbers
of farmer deaths have
been recorded in Devb-
humi Dwarka, (three in
2018 and one in 2019)
and Junagadh (one in
2018 and two in 2019).
Amreli and Surendrana-
gar reported two sui-
cides each in the year
2018, while Porbandar
and Sabarkantha re-
ported one each in the
same year.
Pointing out the govern-
ment’s reluctance to talk
about the issue, Leader of
Opposition Paresh Dha-
nani said, “Firstly, the sui-
cide numbers tabled in the
house are incorrect. The
number is higher than
what the government has
revealed. The government
is looking to avoid the
farmer suicide issue and
many of the suicides have
been written off as acci-
dental deaths.”
“Moreover, the gov-
ernment has also tried
to cover up the reasons
for their suicide by re-
dacting the answers in
the question and answer
booklet,” he said.
On thorough perusal,
the reasons listed in the
booklet included fear of
crop failure, inability to
repay loan after crop
failure, debt due to lack
of income.
First India News
Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad Ur-
ban Development Authority
(AUDA) announced Rs 929
crore budget for financial
year 2020-21 on Wednesday.
According to AMC Commis-
sioner Vijay Nehra this year’s
budget will be 122% of previ-
ous year’s modified budget.
Nehra announced that the
works of 7 flyovers announced
in last year budget are in
progress and shall be com-
pleted by March 2021.
Three new flyovers are to be
constructed at Narmada main
canal in Bhat, Ghuma railway
line level crossing number 16
and Apollo junction in Bhat.
While AUDA will bear Rs 105
crore cost, the projects will be
completed at a cost of Rs 200
crore in partnership with Rail-
ways and Road and Building de-
partment of Guj Govt. Busy
junctions on entire ring road
will get flyovers in direction to
achieve junction free ring road.
Nehra said, while presently
the works are underway to
construct 2,639 affordable
housing units, AUDA has de-
cided to construct 5,080 new
affordable housing units next
year at a cost of Rs. 593 crore.
Sharing the details of another
major decision, he said entire
development works of TP
scheme such as roads, footpath,
street light, drinking water and
storm water line will be assigned
under single tender to avoid co-
ordination related issues.
Nehra also announced a
biodiversity park in AUDA
area and a party plot at Sing-
arva. While works for 5 new gar-
dens are in progress, AUDA has
planned to start works on 113
new gardens at one go next year
covering all 113 TP schemes.
First India News
Ahmedabad: Follow-
ing the custodial
death of a young
man at Kagdapith
police station, the
family of the de-
ceased has demand-
ed appropriate ac-
tion in the matter.
Following the inci-
dent, the police sta-
tion’s PSO has been
suspended and the D
staff dissolved.
The deceased Jigar
Solanki, resident of
Raipur, was arrested
by Kagdapith police
following a dispute
with his neighbour.
He committed suicide
while in custody at
the station. The whole
incident was captured
on CCTV cameras at
the station.
The suicide raised
questions against the
police over their alleged
negligence in the vic-
tim’s death.
The family of the de-
ceased also refused to
accept Solanki’s body
on Tuesday. An investi-
gation has been
launched into the death
of the victim.
First India News
Ahmedabad: Former IPS
officer DG Vanzara, who
was accused in the al-
leged fake encounters of
Ishrat Jahan and
Sohrabuddin Sheikh
and was later discharged
in both the cases, has
been given post-retire-
ment promotion as the
Inspector General of Po-
lice (IGP) by the Gujarat
government, six years
after he retired from
service.
As per the notification
issued by the state Home
Department, a copy of
which Vanzara tweeted on
Tuesday night, he has been
promoted as the IGP with
effect from September 29,
2007.
Additional secretary to
the state home depart-
ment, Nikhil Bhatt, on
Wednesday confirmed that
his department has issued
a notification about Van-
zara’s promotion.
Vanzara, a 1987-batch
IPS officer, had retired as
the DIG on May 31, 2014.
He was suspended by the
state government in May
2007 after his arrest in con-
nection with the alleged
fake encounter case of
Sohrabuddin Sheikh.
Later, he was also made
an accused in the Ishrat
Jahan alleged fake en-
counter case. The former
IPS officer was subse-
quently discharged in both
the cases by special CBI
courts, first in August 2017
in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh
case, and then in May last
year in the Ishrat Jahan
case.
“Consequent to clean
chit received from Judi-
ciary in all Encounter
Cases which were con-
cocted by Anti-National
Forces against me & Gu-
jarat Police, I have given
Post-Retirement Promo-
tion of Inspector Gener-
al of Police wef 29-09-
2007. I am thankful to
both Govt of India &
Govt of Gujarat,” Van-
zara tweeted along with
the copy of the govern-
ment notification.
Vanzara was heading
the Gujarat ATS when
the alleged fake encoun-
ters took place. After his
arrest in March 2007 by
the state CID, Vanzara
remained in jail for
around seven years. The
Sohrabuddin case was
transferred to Mumbai
in September 2012.
He was serving as DIG
of Border Range at the
time of his arrest.
Vanzara, who had
joined the police service
as a DySP in 1980, was
promoted as an IPS offi-
cer in 1987. He served as
Deputy Commissioner
of Police of Ahmedabad
Crime Branch and was
later promoted as DIG.
He also worked as DIG
of ATS in Ahmedabad.
Sheikh was killed in an
alleged fake encounter
near Gandhinagar in
November 2005, after
which his wife disap-
peared. According to the
CBI, she, too, was killed.
The central agency had
claimed that Tulsiram Pra-
japati, Sheikh’s aide and
an eyewitness to the al-
leged encounter, was later
killed by the police at Cha-
pri village in Gujarat’s
Banaskantha district in
December 2006.
Ishrat, a 19-year-old
woman from Mumbra near
Mumbai, Javed Shaikh
alias Pranesh Pillai, Am-
jadali Akbarali Rana and
Zeeshan Johar were killed
by Gujarat police in an al-
leged fake encounter on
the outskirts of Ahmed-
abad on June 15, 2004. Po-
lice had claimed that they
had links with terrorists.
13 farmer suicides in two years: Govt
AUDA finalises
`929 crore
budget, Nehra
shares details
Kagdapith custodial
death: PSO suspended
DG Vanzara promoted post-retirement by Guj govt
Health, edu...
funds for research by
students under the
‘Shodh’ scheme have
been continued. The
budget also provides en-
couragement to start-
ups and innovation.
The Deputy Chief
Minister has an-
nounced a scheme
wherein if a donor in-
vests in social infra-
structure in the rural
areas, the government
would provide a match-
ing grant.
The State has tried to
address water issue,
sanitation to infrastruc-
ture and employment
issue, attempting to
keep everyone happy
and making the state
from ‘Uttam’ to ‘Sarvot-
tam’.
Rupani calls...
harvested crops, plus
Rs.900 per month for
looking after cows.
There is a provision
to provide electricity to
farmers in daytime un-
der Dinkar Yojna to cov-
er all the farmers in the
state in three years, 50
per cent assistance of
Rs.150 for the first
month during birth of
calf.
A provision of Rs.100-
crore has been made by
the State Government
to upgrade panjra pols
(cattle sheds for
non-milking cows), and
help APMC build
godowns of 500 Metric
Tonne capacity to en-
sure farm produces are
not destroyed in the
open.
Another ’84...
“We can’t let another
1984 scenario happen in
this city; not under the
watch of this court”,
Justice Muralidhar ob-
served, adding, “We
heard that one IB offi-
cer has been attacked.
These things should be
immediately looked
into”.
The court was refer-
ring to anti-Sikh riots
that killed over 3,000
people in Delhi alone.
The court also urged
Delhi Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal and
Deputy Chief Minister
Manish Sisodia to visit
affected areas for “con-
fidence-building mea-
sures”, and instructed
Delhi Police to ensure
safe passage for the in-
jured to medical institu-
tions with adequate fa-
cilities.
Inshallah, there...
Doval assured her say-
ing: “I give you my
word, you do not have to
worry, it is the responsi-
bility of the police, it is
the responsibility of
the government.” He
also said he was there
on the instructions of
Prime Minister Naren-
dra Modi and Home
Minister Amit Shah.
One wedding,...
Chief Minister Ashok
Gehlot shared his con-
dolencestothebereaved
families and wished for
speedy recovery of
those who were injured
in the incident.
Gehlot also an-
nounced a compensa-
tion of Rs 2 lakh to the
next of kin of the de-
ceased.
Prime Minister Nar-
endra Modi, BJP Na-
tional Vice President
Om Mathur and Deputy
CM Sachin Pilot also
tweeted to express grief
on the death of passen-
gers.
Bundi District Collec-
tor Antar Singh Nehra
told PTI that the 24 peo-
ple who died include 11
women, 10 men and
three children while a
woman and a minor girl
were among the five in-
jured.
He said three of the
injured are in a state of
trauma and have been
sent to a hospital in
Kota for treatment.
Two of the injured
were discharged after
receiving treatment,
Nehra further said.
After being dis-
charged, the two per-
sons claimed that the
bus lost control as one
of the wheels came off,
the collector quoted
them as saying.
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EC BRIEFS ON POLL PROCESS
ALL SMILES: A ten-member parliamentary delegation from Sweden led by
Kerin Enstrom, MP & Chair of the Committee on the Constitution visited ECI
on Wednesday for a briefing on the Indian election process. The delegation
met the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners
Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra during the visit.
AMC Commissioner Vijay Nehra
Former IPS officer DG Vanzara
First India News
Ahmedabad: Law and
order seem to be re-
turning to Khambhat,
with 96 people being
arrested in connec-
tion with clashes in
the town over the past
three days. The tight
security arrangements
made to restore peace in
the town have shown
results, with several
shops resuming busi-
ness on Wednesday.
Anand district’s SP
Ajit Rajiyan said, “We
have deployed police
in various parts of
Khambhat. Strict ac-
tion will be taken
against those respon-
sible for any unrest.
More than 90 accused
have been arrested
and the town is slow-
ly returning to nor-
mal.’ Seven FIRs have
been registered since
Sunday, including one
against former BJP
MLA Sanjay Patel,
members of the Hindu
Jagran Manch and
some local councillors,
the police said. Sanjay
Patel has not been ar-
rested. He and others
have been accused of
making provocative
speeches at the rally
held near Gawara Tow-
er on Tuesday.
Tensions had flared
up on Tuesday amid the
bandh call given by
some Hindu outfits,
leading to incidents of
arson. However, no un-
toward incidents were
reported on Wednesday.
Inspector DS Gohil
said, “A tight security
cover is currently be-
ing implemented. Eve-
rything is under con-
trol.” He added: “We
have filed seven riot-
ing offences. A case of
attempted murder has
also been registered
against 24 people, who
were arrested for the
attack on police per-
sonnel near
Khajakhaji Lake. Two
offences have been
registered for spread-
ing rumours. We are
still ascertaining the
reason for the clashes
so more people are
likely to be arrested.”
96 PEOPLE SENT BEHIND BARS
KHAMBHAT CLASHES
A
lia Bhatt will be seen play-
ing the lead role in ‘Hindi
Medium’ fame director
Saket Chaudhary’s up-
coming social drama.
According to the reports,
the movie will deliver a hard-
hitting message in a humourous
way. “Saket has been working
on the script for a while now.
He was keen on casting Alia,
who liked the script and has
given her nod. She is expected to sign
on the dotted line shortly.
Meanwhile, the hunt for
the leading man is still
on. The team will final-
ise the shooting sched-
ule once the entire cast is
locked,” a source said.
Thehe film will be pro-
duced by Sajid Nadiad-
wala and will make Alia’s
fourth collaboration with
him. She has earlier col-
laborated with Sajid
on films like High-
way, 2 States and
Kalank.
On the other
hand, Alia Bhatt
has her hands full
with films. She will
besoonseeninAyan
Mukerji’s ‘Brah-
mastra’, which
will finally release
on December 4 this
year. —IANS
nubhav Sinha’s directorial ‘Thap-
pad’ is all set to hit the screens
later this week. Thappad has been
the talk of the town and has re-
ceived wide appreciation from all
across. In a new development, the
movie has been declared tax free
ahead of its release in the states of Delhi
and Madhya Pradesh. The film was ex-
empted from SGST in view of its subject
and message.
The makers of Thappad held special
screenings in different states namely, Del-
hi, Bhopal and Jaipur where the audiences
were all praise for it and hailed it as the
most important film of the year. In view of
such a thunderous response, the announce-
ment acts a catalyst to take the narrative
forward where its dialogue, “Thappad-
Bass Itni Si Baat?” is standing synonymous
to Pink’s “No, means no”. —Agency
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Disha Patani shared a sneak peek of a new
song from ‘Baaghi 3’ on her Instagram handle,
captioning it as, “Own the dance floor and get
ready to move with some sass as another fire
track is about to drop.”
Amitabh Bachchan shared a series of
pictures from the shooting site of their
upcoming film ‘Brahmastra’, terming Ranbir
Kapoor as one of his favourites.
The rom-com ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’
completed 26 years of release, and SRK’s
co-star Suchitra became emotional while
reminiscing the film’s journey.
Singer Ankit Tiwari and Mahesh Bhatt
celebrated Pooja Bhatt’s birthday, with an
adorable cake.
CITY FIRST
U
S President Donald Trump and First Lady
Melania Trump made multiple visits to
Delhi including the ceremonial welcome at
the Rashtrapati Bhavan where President
Ram Nath Kovind hosted a special dinner for
his US counterpart.
For the occasion, Melania opted for a pink
floor-length gown, giving an interesting tribute
to the Indian sartorial staple - the saree. Mela-
nia accessorized the outfit with intricately
designed gold chandelier earrings from Am-
rapali Jewels and a pair of pink and silver
kitten heels. “We feel a sense of pride to be
seen and worn by such an influential
and powerful woman; Amra-
pali is a brand that comes
straight from our heritage
and we are really pleased to
know that we are being rec-
ognised on such a global scale,”
says Rajiv Arora, Co-founder, Amra-
pali Jewels. cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
Supermodel
Deepti Gujral
will be hosting
‘The Fashion
Connect Season
7’, with beauty
and elegance
on 19 March at
Hotel Clarks
Amer Jaipur.
Watch this
space for
updates
on TFC7.
TFC
SEASON7
Melania Trump wearing the
gold chandelier earrings
by Amrapali Jewels
DRAMA QUEEN
ALIA BHATT
Taapsee Pannu
Poster of the film
Alia Bhatt
Saket Chaudhary
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‘I DESERVE SOMEONE
AMAZING’ocialite Paris Hilton does not regret breaking her en-
gagement to Chris Zylka in 2018. She calls it the ‘best
decision’ that she ever made.
Speaking of the split, Hilton said: “No. It was the best
decision I’ve ever made in my life. I just don’t think (he)
was the right person. I feel like I’m an incredible wom-
an and I deserve someone so amazing. I just didn’t feel
right. I’ve worked way too hard to just give my life to someone.
They have to be perfect.”
Hilton dated Zylka for two years. She said she was loving
her single life because she did not want to have ‘someone
controlling me’.
She added that dating ‘certain people’ increased the
risk of ‘not trusting them’ and implied that if she
went away, she fears they would ‘do something to
embarrass me’. The former couple ended their
engagement in November 2018, only 10
months after he proposed Hilton with a
$2 million ring. —IANS
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YOUR
DAYHoroscope by
Saurabbh Sachdeva
IF IT’S YOUR
BIRTHDAY
TODAY
You will feel
energetic,
reinvigorated and
will adopt a new
fitness regime.
You are working
in the right
direction and you
will soon achieve
your desired
results. Be
compassionate
and kind.
LEO
JULY 24 - AUGUST 23
Do not leave any stone
unturned in working hard
academically. Any
negligence in studies may
lead to situation getting out of hands.
Focus on improving your financial
skills. With changes in the season,
take full care of your health and take
all necessary measures.
LIBRA
SEPT 24 - OCTOBER 22
You will receive a financial
boost in form of salary
increment or getting
money back from the
borrower. Your ability to handle
issues at hand will get you
recognized professionally. Being a
supporting hand for your spouse
will bring lot of happiness.
ARIES
MAR 21 - APR 20
Work hard to overcome any
weakness and short
comings for getting good
academic results. You may
move to a new residence. You may get
attracted to someone totally opposite
which can also turn into a romantic
relationship. You will be praised for
your efforts by your parents.
SAGITTARIUS
NOV 23 - DEC 22
Taking care of an elderly,
loving them and giving them
time will not only bring you
recognition but will also
bring you blessings. With efforts even
the impossible will become possible.
Explore your self by exerting and paying
more attention in the class. Business
man/woman can expect more profits.
GEMINI
MAY 21 - JUNE 21
Set a goal and move in the
direction of achieving it. At
workplace everyone will
be awestruck by your
performance and exceptional
deliverance of some assignment.
Academically stay alert, don’t fall for
any negative suggestions given by
your competitor.
AQUARIUS
JAN 21 - FEB 19
Now is the time to prove
your metal in the field that
you have chosen for
yourself and you are
destined to leave your mark. You will
get full family support and they are
behind you in all your endeavours.
Any journey or business trip towards
east will be fruitful.
TAURUS
APR 21 - MAY 20
Enjoy quality time with you
friends and family. You
may also go on a trip with
them. Todays is your day
for romance. Stars are supporting
you, go ahead on a date and express
yourself. Be compassionate and kind
with words while handling any
sensitive issues in family.
CAPRICORN
DEC 23 - JAN 20
To reach your desired goal,
focus on the teamwork
and good management
skills. Avoid being strong
headed in sensitive matters. Give
your hundred percent in impressing
the job interviewer. No point of
retaliating incase someone tries to
hurt you.
VIRGO
AUG 24 - SEP 23
Prepare well and in advance
if you want to move
mountains in a new and a
totally different field of
work. Someone in your surrounding
will make you smile and their words
will change your opinion towards
something or someone for good. You
may go on a long journey.
CANCER
JUNE 22 - JULY 23
Invest your time in making
things work that have been
given up by your co
workers, as this will help
you in getting noticed. Academically
you could be appreciated for coming
up with new ideas. You will receive a
thumbs up for the different pattern of
thinking.
PISCES
FEB20 - MARCH 20
Your plan for business
expansion will go as
smoothly as planned by
you. Your childhood
memories will come live as you are
likely to spend quality time with
someone important from that time.
Your family elder requires your love
and time. Keep yourself motivated.
SCORPIO
OCT 23 - NOVEMBER 22
You will feel confident and
you will feel secure in
terms of money. Someone
new has entered your life
and you will go out of way to express
your love for the one. You will enjoy
the company of friends and may go
on a trip with them. Your lover will
keep you entertained today.
A
merican media personality Kylie
Jenner is considering bringing
back the reality show ‘Life of Ky-
lie’ for a new season.
On February 22, Jenner tweeted, “What
show should I start?” and one of the fans re-
plied with a GIF, “Start shooting season 2 of
Life of Kylie.”
To which the ‘Keeping Up With the Kar-
dashians’ star retweeted the GIF, and said,
“Should I really?”
Airing in August 2017, ‘Life of Kylie’ was
a reality TV show that followed the life of
beauty mogul Kylie Jenner and her famous
friends. In September 2017, the TV show
didn’t last and came to an abrupt end after
only being on for one month. —ANI
Meghan’s father slams
her and Prince Harry
T
homas Markle has never been fond of
his daughter Meghan Markle since
she got married in 2018 and now he is
slamming his daughter’s actions in
the public eye. Thomas said, “I’m very upset
with Meghan and Harry right now. I don’t
think they have a right to use the word ‘roy-
al’.” He further added that he does not ap-
preciate the couple’s communication with
Queen Elizabeth and said, “I don’t think they
have a right to speak to the queen the way
they’re talking to her. I think it’s an insult to
the queen and to the British people. My
daughter dumped me and my family one day
before she got married and now she’s dump-
ing the British family.” Thomas and Meghan
have not been on good terms since Meghan
stepped into the royal family. —Agency
Kylie may bring
back reality show
‘Life of Kylie’
T
he much-anticipated reality TV show
‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ is
officially returning in a month.
On Tuesday, a source announced
that the famous family’s long-running re-
ality show is moving to Thursday nights
instead of Sundays, with season 18 set
to premiere on March 26.
The announcement was accompa-
nied by a sneak peek that shows ten-
sions between Kourtney Kardashian
and her sisters Kim Kardashian
West and Khloe Kardashian, which
only seemed to get worse since the
last season.
In one scene, Khloe demands,
“Why do you have to have
an attitude?” to which
Kourtney replied,
“Just don’t involve
yourself in busi-
ness that is not
yours.”
Khloe fired
back, and said,
“Then don’t talk
about it in front
of me.”
In another
scene, Kendall
Jenner gets
dragged into
the drama,
however, it’s
still unclear
whose side
she’s on.
She said,
“She can’t sit
back and just
be like, ‘All
right, I was
wrong.”
At last, the
clip teases a
shocking confron-
tation between Kourt-
ney and Kim.
Angrily waving her
finger in Kim’s face,
then chucking boxed wa-
ter at her, Kourtney yells,
“You have nothing to say.”
Kim warns and lunges
at her, “Don’t ever come at
me like that.”
In season 17, the three sis-
ters feuded at length throughout
over Kourtney’s “boundaries” as
she refused to film aspects of her
personal life, forcing Kim and
Khloe to “pick up the slack.”
At one point, Kim even threat-
ened to fire Kourtney. However
sources informed that it isn’t tech-
nically possible since the Kardashi-
an sisters are equal-level executive
producers. —ANI
KIM POUNCES
AT KOURTNEY
IN ‘KUWTK’
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Kylie Jenner
Kim Kardashian
Paris Hilton
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First india news paper gujarat-english news paper today-27 feb 2020 edition

  • 1. 17°C - 34°COUR EDITIONS: JAIPUR & AHMEDABAD AHMEDABAD l THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 l Pages 14 l 3.00 RNI NO. GUJENG/2019/16208 l Vol 1 l Issue No. 93 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Volunteers engage in rescue of possible survivors after a bus carrying a marriage party fell into a river on Kota-Dausa highway, in Bundi district on Wednesday. One wedding, 24 funerals as bus plunges into river Bundi: Twenty-four people were killed and five others sustained injuries after a private bus carrying a wed- ding party fell into a river on Kota-Dausa highway in Bundi dis- trict on Wednesday morning, police said. The wedding party with at least 29 persons on board was headed to Sawai Madhopur from KotawhendriverShyam Singh apparently lost controlof thebusaround 9.30amwhileonabridge nearPapdivillageunder Lakheri police station limits, Lakheri Sub-In- spectorRajendraKumar told PTI over phone. The bus, then, plunged into Mej riv- er from the bridge that had no wall or railing, he said. Thirteen people died onthespotincludingthe driver while the others succumbed to their inju- ries on the way to a hos- pital in Lakheri town, the policeman added. Turn on P10 Ashok Gehlot @ashokgehlot51 I am deeply sad- dened to learn about the tragic accident in #Bundi in which 24 people have lost lives after the bus fell into river Mej.. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families who have lost their loves ones in this tragedy. I wish speedy recovery to all injured. NEW PROGRAMMES  Under the MukhyaMantri Pak SangrahYojana, farmers will be provided subvention of `30,000 per unit for construction of small godowns in the farm. `300 crore allotted  To 65000 vegetable retail vendors will provided large size umbrellas and for same government allots `8 crore  On the line of Smart City programme the state government has launched Smart town programme  Famous Heritage City Vadnagarwill be developed as a tourists place with approximatee xpenditure of `200 cr. with the joint efforts of Government of India  Works of 4.56 kms. long four lane Signature Bridge on Arabian Sea connecting Bet  Dwaraka and Okhais in progress at the cost of `962 crore  Gujarat Ne Jano, under the programme will motivate foreigh country youth to visit state and know Gujarat.  State will be setting up Tanariri Performing Arts College at Vadnagar, it has provided `1 crore for it  Gandhinagar City to get Police Commissionerate  Under Safe City project for safety and security of women `63 crore provided  Will set up museum bringing alive the glimpses of Krishna Leela at Bet Dwarka  Madre Vatan Yojna to encourage donors to create better facilities in villages  Mukhya Mantri Mahila Utkarsh Yojana  Mukhya Mantrai Gramya Svanirbbhar Yojana, `7 crore allotted  New Maternity Child Hospital at Vadodara, `180 crore provided  A provision of `12 cr. for introducing the course of Department of Advance Defense  Technology at IIT RAM in collaboration with DRDO HEALTH, EDU SCORE BIG IN GUJ BUDGETFirst India News Gandhinagar: Keeping an eye on the key local body elections this year, the State Govern- ment has tried to reach out to larger sections of the society with Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Nitin Patel presenting a zero new-taxes budg- et, while he announced a slew of farmer re- lated programmes and incentives. Patel presented a Rs 2,13,000 crore budget, which also includes a majorannouncementof allocatingday-timepow- er supply to farmers. Besides rural areas, the Finance Minister has announced that along with smart cities there are plans to devel- op tier-2 cities and talu- ka headquarters into smart towns. He also an- nounced that the gov- ernment would recruit 11,000 police personnel. Thereisanannounce- ment to attract urban- ites by a scheme of Rs 40,000 assistance for 800 e-rickshaws, Rs 10,000 per vehicle for 1,000 bat- tery-operated vehicles. For farmers, the budget proposes to purchase mini-solarpoweredtrac- tors and for installing charging points in cities for electric vehicles. Tocoverlargenumber of migrant labourers in the State, Nitin Patel has announced free State Transport services to go for work. For women construction workers, the government has launchedfinancialassis- tance programme for four months. To address youth, the scheme of computer tablets has been extend- ed, while Turn on P10 NITIN PATEL OFFERS ‘SARVOTTAM BUDGET’ TARGETING LOCAL BODY ELECTIONS Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Nitiin Patel head towards the house to present the State Budget. `11,243 cr for health `7,423 cr for Agriculture `31,955 cr for education Rupani calls budget ‘allrounder’ for State First India News Gandhinagar: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has described the State Budget as one for “all round development” in the all the sectors to provide “all the facili- ties” to the last man in the last mile, to make the State from ‘uttam’ to ‘sarvottam’ (from ‘excellent’ to ‘best of all’) and second to none. Welcoming the budget presentedbyDeputyChief MinisterandFinanceMin- ister Nitin Patel, Rupani said the budget is funda- mentally to increase in- come for the welfare of all sectionsof thesociety–for social,educational,health, farming, fishing, small re- tailers, women and divy- ang (differently abled). Rupani said the budget is to promote natural farming by cow, farther from fertiliser, while the government will give Rs.30,000 per unit to build mini godowns in the farm itself under the Chief Minister’sCropCollection Scheme as a cover against damage to Turn on P10 Vijay Rupani@vijayrupanibjp Gujarat has facilitated Ease of Doing Business under Business Reform Action Plan. This has provided unprecedented momentum to industrial growth. If opposition MLAs propose to visit the Statue of Unity,we are ready to make all arrangements. Opposition leader of whip should propose it in writing. The government will make best arrangements including transport for the visit —Nitin Patel ...chuckles during Budget speech ANOTHER ’84 IN DELHI?RECALLING 1984 RIOTS, HC ORDERS COPS TO ENSURE PASSAGE FOR INJURED TO HOSPITALS DEATH TOLL CLIMBS UPTO 24 INCLUDING AN IB OFFICER, WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND IN A DRAIN New Delhi: We cannot let another 1984-like event happen in this country, Justice S Mu- ralidhar of the Delhi High Court said on Wednesday, in a strongly-worded mes- sage to the govern- ment - at the centre and in Delhi - to work together to combat un- relenting violence that hit parts of the nation- al capital for a fourth consecutive day today. The court’s com- ment came after it watched a video of BJP leader Kapil Mishra, who has a his- tory of making hate- filled communal rants, make yet another in- cendiary speech in northeast Delhi’s Mau- jpur neighbourhood on Sunday afternoon. Atleast24peoplehave been killed, including a Delhi Police officer and an Intelligence Bureau officer, and over 200 have been injured in the clashes, which began Sunday afternoon as groups for and against the controversial citi- zenship law clashed in Maujpur, where Kapil Mishra was speaking. Turn on P10 TIMING ‘UNCONDUCIVE’ TO HEAR SHAHEEN BAGH, NEXT DATE ON MAR 23 The Supreme Court Wednesday deferred the hearing of the Shaheen Bagh matter to 23 March as it took note of the sensitive situation in Delhi over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act. “Let this fandom cool down. The timing is not conducive to hear this matter. It is for law enforcing administration to ensure environment is conducive,” a Bench comprising Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph. The court also made some harsh comments about the Delhi Police even as the Solicitor General of India, urged the court not to do so. Justice Joseph said that there was lack of professionalism on part of the police. “The problem is lack of professionalism of police. If this had been done before, situation would not have risen,” Bench said. Inshallah, there will be complete peace: Doval to Delhiwallahs New Delhi:In an effort to diffuse the simmer- ing tensions in parts of northeast Delhi marred by violent clashes, National Secu- rity Advisor Ajit Doval Thursday reached out to locals and assured them the situation is under control. “Situation is totally under control. People are satisfied. I have confidence in law en- forcement agencies. Police are doing its work,” Doval said af- ter visiting the areas. While interacting with locals, a student wearing a burqa walked up to him and said “we are not feeling safe and comfortable.” Turn on P10 NSA Ajit Doval interacting with locals in northeast Delhi. IB OFFICER ANKIT SHARMA FOUND DEAD IN CHANDBAGH OF DELHI Body of Intelligence Bureau Officer Ankit Sharma was found in the North-East district’s Chand Bagh area here on Wednesday. The North-East district of the national capital has been witnessing incidents of violence and arson for the past two days. The death toll in the violence between pro and anti CAA protesters in the areas of North-East Delhi has risen to 20 on Wednesday, according to GTB Hospital authorities. Women walk past as security personnel stands guard at Maujpur area after recent clashes broke out between two groups over the new citizenship law, in New Delhi on Wednesday.
  • 2. LAX DELHI POLICE IN LINE OF FIRE s parts of Delhi continued to sim- mer on Wednesday, bringing back nightmarish memories of previ- ous carnage in the national capi- tal and some other states, the role of a politically compromised police force has come both as a shock and disappointment. Indoctrinated, because whether it was at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia or the recent violence, Delhi Police have been accused of playing a partisan role. They are alleged to have watched list- lessly even as hooligans ran riot burning shops and vehicles and assaulting people. So much so that both the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court expressed their anger and agony over what can be termed as a dereliction of duty by the police. Coming down heavily on the police for not doing enough to check violence and those making inflammatory speeches, the Supreme Court said that violence could have been averted if only the police acted against the instigators. Citing the examples of police in the UK and US, Justice KM Joseph said that the police in these countries act pro- fessionally and as per law. Sensing the court’s mood the Solicitor-General re- quested the Bench not to make any ad- verse observation as it would demoralize the force. The Delhi HC was equally unsparing. Slamming a police officer for saying that he had not watched the video of BJP leader Ka- pil Mishra threatening the anti-CAA protest- ers, Justice S. Muralidhar had the video clip played in the court. Clips of speeches made by Anurag Thakur and Pravesh Verma were also played. While Thakur had instigated his audience against Shaheen Bagh protesters with goli maaro saalon ko (shoot the traitors), Verma had called them “rapists and murder- ers”. The court asked the police about the delay in the registration of FIRs against the instigators. Expressing his angst, Justice Muralid- har said, “Just register an FIR. Commu- nicate it to your commissioner of police. This is the anguish of a constitutional court. Why are you not showing alacrity when it comes to registration of FIR in these cases? We want peace to prevail. This city has seen enough violence. Let us not repeat 1984.” Advocates of the police commissionary system should realize that a new nomencla- ture does not really empower the force to act against leaders of the party in power. Taking independent decisions or defying political leadership has its own conse- quences. After so much of rebuke, the BJP in Delhi should on its own ask for FIR to be registered against its leaders accused of instigating trouble out of respect for judiciary. They can always withdraw the cases later. Uttar Pradesh has already set an example, howso- ever bad it may be. IN-DEPTH A ublic represen- tation of sci- ence in the me- dia still strug- gles to reflect the true diversity of those who work in science, tech- nology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Ac- cording to a 2019 report from the Women’s Lead- ership Institute Austral- ia, women are quoted as sources in just 33% of science news stories. However, this figure is based on 19 articles col- lected within a much broader study, of which science news was not a fo- cus. To really understand the diversity of STEM rep- resentation in the media, we need a bigger sample. Some masters students and I collected a represent- ative sample of 655 articles published in Australia’s mainstream and science news media during 2018. In the case of international media companies with an Australian presence, we looked at articles posted on their Australian edition, some of which were pro- duced locally and some re- published from overseas. We tallied the genders of the journalist, sourc- es quoted directly or in- directly, photographer and photo subject in these articles. If any gender was not explicit- ly stated using a readily g ender-identifiable name (like Jane or Ab- dul) or an explicit per- sonal pronoun, we cate- gorised the gender as “unidentified”. Our preliminary results show that in the 468 STEM- related news articles that used direct gender-identifi- able quotes, both women and men were quoted as sources in 28% (133). Arti- cles exclusively quoting men comprised 52% (241) of the articles we examined. Only 20% (94) of articles exclusively quoted women. Of course, the devil is in the detail, and when you start to look at the number of individuals quoted in stories the difference is stark. A MAN’S WORLD? If “we can’t be what we can’t see”, then it is vital that female scientists and science writers are promi- nent in the media land- scape. But unfortunately, our results reveal that this landscape is still dominat- ed by men. There are many reasons for this. But let’s be clear: confronting this problem is not a job just for women, or just for the media. This is a systemic, structural and societal problem and eve- ryone has a part to play in formulating the solution. This was one of many discussions held at this month’s Catalysing Gen- der Equity conference, held in Adelaide by the Australian Academy of Science and Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE), and featuring del- egates from higher educa- tion, research, govern- ment, media and the pri- vate sector. Building on the re- lease last year of the Decadal Plan for Women in STEM, the conference aimed to develop tangi- ble ways to work towards gender equity. Of course, gender equity is just one part of the over- all problem. There are many groups through- out society that similar- ly need equitable repre- sentation and inclusion. Nobody should be mar- ginalised or disadvan- taged because of their age, race, culture, reli- gion, disability, sexual orientation or socio-eco- nomic status. FOR FULL REPORT LOG ON TO WWW.THECONVERSATION.COM Gender diversity in science media has a long way to go P If “we can’t be what we can’t see”, then it is vital that female scientists and science writers are prominent in the media landscape TOP TWEET Dharmendra Pradhan @dpradhanbjp Met India’s Ambassador to the US, Shri @SandhuTaranjitS. Had productive discussions on several aspects of Strategic Energy Partnership as part of the recently-announced India- US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership. REAL ESTATE AGENT, BOON OR BANEBroking business would transfrom from being a dynastic business to a professional one If the broking business is nurtured well and their professional interest is safeguarded, the Real Estate Agents could be the agents of growth of the industry he Real Estate industry in India is the second largest job provider after agricul- ture and is expected to grow more than 30% in next ten years. But, the growth of the industry wouldn’t be achiev- able without the help of the broking fraternity of the in- dustry. On one hand, the in- dustry needs brokers or the agents while on the other hand the broking industry too needs to mould itself to be more professional. A pro- fessional agent can really be of great help in the growth of the industry at large. Gone are the days when even an under-graduate could earn his brokerage or commission just by showing a property to any prospective taker. His job was only to introduce a buyer to the seller (or the owner) and an owner to the buyer (or the tenant). But, now a days, a lot is expected from the middle- man in the transaction. A Real Estate Agent is re- quired to possess the four major qualities - knowledge of the construction industry, knowledge of the law of the land, knowledge of basic ac- counts, finance and taxation and the knowledge of sales and marketing. Now a days, so much is expected of a Real Estate Agent in a deal that at times, he plays the role of a sales manager, at other times that of a pro- curement manager, at yet another time that of a regis- tering agent while some- times that of a lawyer and arbitrator too. At times, when representing the seller, a bro- ker is also expected to play the role of a Chartered Architect who is required to explain the technical aspects of the project to the prospective buyers. Sim- ilarly, when representing the buyer, he is also expected to play the role of a Chartered Ac- countant who is required to answer all tax implications of the transaction to his clients. Often, the terms agent, deal- er, broker and consultant are used commonly and inter- changeably for all those who are part of any real estate deal other than the seller or the buyer. There are different kinds of professionals for dif- ferent kinds of real estate deals. The parties concerned should choose their agent or the broker carefully and wise- ly and the one who is specifi- cally qualified for the job. A professional who is dealing in lands possesses a different set of skills than the one dealing in residential premises. Simi- larly, a sale deal is different than a lease deal. Half the deal is done if the middleman is chosen well. One of the most signifi- cant changes of the real es- tate broking business in In- dia would see in the times to come is the shift from being a dynastic business to a pro- fessional one. This profes- sion which hitherto was be- ing carried out largely by non-professionals and the less qualified ones is now seeing the presence of high- ly qualified professionals who really are an asset to the industry and help a deal happen smoothly. If the bro- king business is nurtured well and their professional interest is safeguarded, the Real Estate Agents could be the agents of growth of the industry. The sections 9 and 10 of the recently introduced RERA do cover the role of a Real Estate Agent but, only of those agents who repre- sent the builders. It is defi- nitely better to have some legal recognition of agents than none but, the scope of the act needs to be widened to resale transactions and also to lease and rent transactions. It is worth noting that there are approximately 2.5 lakhs Chartered Account- ants and over 5.0 lakhs Real Estate Practitioners in India. The Chartered Accountants have an autonomous insti- tute of their own governed by the act of parliament while the real Estate Practi- tioners have no such body. A national level body is re- quired to produce, train and groom such professionals. In order to do so, there is a re- quirement of setting up a na- tional level body or an insti- tute such as the Indian Insti- tute of Real Estate Profes- sionals. In absence of any such properly recognised national level organisation, local associations and com- munities mushroom up which most of the time cause more harm to its members than benefit them and more misguide them than guide them. On top of it, a deluge of portals and social media pages have come up which are neither authentic nor regulated and often tend to mislead their patrons. The electronic portals selling real estateacrossthecountryshould alsoberegisteredandregulated. T If the broking business is nurtured well and their professional interest is safeguarded, the Real Estate Agents could be the agents of growth of the industry ALOK GUPTA The author is the President, Estate Agents Association of India, Central Zone One PERSPECTIVEAHMEDABAD | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 02www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia G Vol 1 G Issue No. 93 G RNI NO. GUJENG/2019/16208. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Planet Survey No.148P, Changodar-Bavla Highway, Tal. Sanand, Dist. Ahmedabad. Published at D/302 3rd Floor Plot No. 35 Titanium Square, Scheme No. 2, Thaltej Taluka, Ghatlodiya, Ahmedabad. 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  • 3. New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the United States President Don- ald Trump have wel- comed an endeavour between the Indian Space Research Or- ganization (ISRO) and the National Aero- nautics and Space Ad- ministration (NASA) for development and launch in 2022 of a joint space mission. “They (Modi and Trump) welcomed an endeavour by Indian Space Research Organi- zation (ISRO) and Na- tional Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for develop- ment and launch in 2022 of a joint mission with the world’s first dual- frequency Synthetic Ap- erture Radar satellite, and applauded discus- sions that advance coop- eration in Earth obser- vation, Mars and plan- etary exploration, helio- physics, human space- flight, and commercial space cooperation,” read a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs of India (MEA). At the Namaste Trump event in Ahmedabad on the first day of his two day India visit, Trump had said that United States and India are also working closely togeth- er on the future of space exploration. “You are making im- pressive strides with your exciting Chan- drayaan Lunar Pro- gram. It is moving along rapidly, far ahead of schedule, and America looksforwardtoexpand- ing our space coopera- tion with India as you push even further. You are pushing the limits -- and that’s a great thing -- including in realm of human spaceflight,” he said in his address. Modi and Trump also expressed their desire to increase higher edu- cation collaboration and educational ex- change opportunities, including through the “Young Innovators” in- ternships, and wel- comed the recent growth in the number of Indian students in the United States. Taking note of the ongoing corornavirus outbreak, Modi and Trump also committed to continuing their ef- forts in the areas of pre- vention and early detec- tion of the deadly virus. “In support of global efforts to prevent, de- tect, and respond to dis- ease outbreaks such as novel COVID-19, Prime Minister Modi and Pres- ident Trump committed to continuing their suc- cessful efforts in the ar- eas of prevention, early detection, and rapid outbreak response,” the statement read. The two leaders also appreciated the effort to promote ac- cess to high quality and affordable medi- cations for consum- ers of both countries. AHMEDABAD l THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 l Pages 14 l 3.00 RNI NO. GUJENG/2019/16208 l Vol 1 l Issue No. 93 MODI, TRUMP HAIL TALKS ON MARS EXPLORATION, COMMERCIAL SPACE COOPERATION Delhi violence: PM Modi appeals for brotherhoodNew Delhi: In his first reaction on the Delhi violence, Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi appealed for peace on Wednesday even as he held an “extensive re- view” on the prevail- ing situation that has become a cause of concern for law en- forcement agencies. Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said: “Had an extensive re- view on the situation prevailing in various parts of Delhi. Police and other agencies are working on the ground to ensure peace and normalcy.” Appealing for calm to restore normalcy, Modi said peace and harmony are “central to our ethos”. “I appeal to my sis- ters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest,” he said. Modi’s appeal came minutes after Con- gress interim chief Sonia Gandhi held a rare press conference in New Delhi, flanked by former Prime Min- ister Manmohan Sin- gh and senior leader P. Chidambaram where the party de- manded Home Minis- ter Amit Shah’s resig- nation for allegedly being unable to con- tain the violence. So far, 20 people have been killed in the Delhi violence which appears to be one of the worst in recent times. A consta- ble too succumbed to injuries that sparked massive outrage. On Monday, a Delhi Police head constable was killed in commu- nal clashes even as Delhi Lieutenant Gov- ernor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ap- pealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony. On Wednesday morn- ing, the body of an Intel- ligence Bureau employ- ee was recovered from the affected area which was found dumped in a drain, sparking further outrage. The cause of the violence is believed to be a clash between right wing and anti- CAA protesters after those in support of the legislation blocked a road of northeast Delhi’s Jaf- frabad area, in a simi- lar fashion to that of Shaheen Bagh, over the weekend. Several areas includ- ing Jaffrabad, Maujpur, and Gokulpuri re- mained tense on Wednesday. Police and paramilitaryforceshave also been deployed in parts of northeast Delhi that have been affected. Rioters set ablaze a shop during clashes between those against and those supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in at Gokalpuri in north east Delhi. Shah speaks to family of injured Shahdara DCP New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday spoke to the family of the injured Shahdara Deputy Commissioner of Police Amit Sharma, injured during clashes between two groups in Delhi’s Gokulpuri, and inquired about his health. Shahdara DCP Amit Sharma was injured during clashes be- tweentwogroups in Delhi’s Gokul- puri on Mon- day. One Delhi Police head constable l o s t his life during the clashes on Monday. “The situation is very tense. We are continu- ously receiving calls related to incidents of violence from North- East Delhi,” Delhi Po- lice stated. The Com- missioner of Police also held a meeting at Seelampur DCP Office on Monday night. M e a n w h i l e , Guru Tegh Ba- hadur Hospital informed me- dia that the death toll in the violence that went up to 24. At the Namaste Trump event in Ahmedabad on the first day of his two day India visit, Trump had said that United States and India are also working closely together on the future of space exploration.
  • 4. STATE BUDGET 2020-21 MED& HEALTHwww.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia 04AHMEDABAD | THURSDAY, 27.02.2020 `10 crore EARMARKED FOR A SNAKE RESEARCH CENTRE AT DHARAMPUR AND KHADMOR BIRD BREEDING CENTRE NEAR VELAVADAR, RADIO COLLATING OF LEOPARDS, PROCESSING OF DRAGON FRUIT `1,019 crore ALLOCATED FOR THE CLIMATE CHANGE DEPARTMENT, WITH RS 281 CRORE SET ASIDE FOR THE PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION OF FORESTS. First India News Gandhinagar: Finance Minister Nitin Patel stated in the State As- sembly that the State Government is taking serious steps to protect the forests and environ- ment. He said charges are recovered from the user agencies when for- est land is given for oth- er purposes. There is a provision of Rs 281 crore for the preservation and con- servation of forests. Patel said, “A provi- sion of Rs 250 crore has been made under the Compensatory Affores- tation Fund Manage- ment and Planning Au- thority (CAMPA) for undertaking foresta- tion, conservation for forests, land, and soil conservation, manage- ment of wild animals and biological resourc- es management.” AsmuchasRs10crore has been earmarked for a snake research centre atDharampurandKhad- mor bird breeding cen- trenearVelavadar,radio collating of leopards, plantation and process- ingof dragonfruitinthe tribal area. For cattle fodder, a provision of Rs24 crore has been made for the construc- tion of 40 new godowns to upgrade storage ca- pacity. The Finance Minister has allocated Rs 15 crore to give subvention to cattle-keepers by devel- opinggrasslandinKutch district,toreducemigra- tion. Meanwhile, Rs 1 crore has been given to develop a holy forest in the tribal areas by grow- ing trees of religious im- portance in tribal areas. To do away with the single-use plastic in the nurseries,aprovisionof Rs2crorehasbeenmade for creating single-use plastic bag free nursery. FM allocates `250 cr for afforestation CONSERVATION  BUDGET PROVISION HAS BEEN MADE FOR UNDERTAKING FORESTATION, FORESTS, LAND, AND SOIL CONSERVATION, MANAGEMENT OF WILD ANIMALS AND BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES HEALTH FIRST The government has allo- cated Rs2,000 crore for health schemes catering to women, including Purak Poshan Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Matru Van- dana Yojana, Bal Sakha Yojna, Kasturba Poshan Sahay Yojna, Poorna Yojana.Focusing on women’s safety, Rs12 crore has been allocated for the 181 Abhayam Mahila Helpline and Rs63 crore, for Nirbhaya Fund. Female construction work- ers will receive assistance of Rs5,000 for each of the last two months of pregnancy and two months after delivery, for which Rs6 crore has been allocated. The budget has set aside Rs193 crore for Mukhya Mantri Mahila Utkarsh Yojana, where established ‘Mahila Utkarsh Juths’ may avail of interest-free loans of up to Rs1 lakh. The government has also allocated Rs80 crore to set up Urban Health Centres to provide pregnant women regular health check-ups and nutritious food. TIME FOR RELIEF Anganwadi workers have received special attention in this budget. It is an inclusive budget that caters to all sections of the society. It is heavily focused on rural and agrarian sector. Electricity relief will help lakhs of consumers. This government is truly pro-poor and concerned about the development of tribals and urban labourers. Jitu Vaghani Guj BJP Presdient The BJP claims to have given a surplus budget, but the real numbers will come towards the year-end. For the last few years, a huge difference has been seen between budget planning and implementation. It suggests a lack of financial discipline. Manish Doshi, Spokesperson, Congress We welcome the increase of Rs 12,472 crore in the budgetary outlay this. We appreciate the announcement of new solar energy projects in the State Budget. It is a development- oriented budget with stress on agriculture, education and renewable energy. Durgesh Buch, GCCI President SPEAK UP BUDGET POINTER SNIPPETS HYBRID PARK: The country’s largest hybrid park will be coming up in Kutch and it will generate 25,000 MW power per year through both solar and wind energy. The State and national public sector companies will be investing in this project and Rs 1,00,000 crore investment is expected. Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd is setting up 2500 MW Solar power plant, of that for 250 MW plant it has allotted Rs 449 crore. It is coming up on government land near GETCO substation. The State is also planning to install 140 new substations. SCIENCE : The government has allocated Rs 497 crore for the Science and Technology department. Of that, Rs 75 crore will be used to set up theme- based development like aquatics, robotics, space and astronomy in the Science city. To construct Biotechnology University, the state government has provided a fund of Rs 43 crore. All 14,400 gram panchayats will be connected with optical fibre and the State Government has provided a fund of Rs 10 crore. There is also a plan a set up an advanced laboratory at a cost of Rs 7 crore. TRIBAL: The State Government has allocated Rs 14,106 crore for Vanbandhu Kalyan Scheme. Under the scheme, it provides cycles under Vidya Sadhana Scheme, it sets up Samaras Hostel. The Finance Minister has allocated a fund of Rs 20 crore Rs 20 crore to Birsa Munda Tribal University situated at Rajpipla. The State is creating a talent pool schemes, under which it will bring 1,300 bright students for this scheme it will provide funds of Rs 11 crore. Pre-schools 12 lakh students are distributed school uniforms and for that Rs 75 crore are earmarked. TOURISM: The Finance Minister has earmarked Rs 480 crore. Using Rs 23 crore, it has a plan to develop Shukal Tirth, Kabir Vad, Mangaleshwar, and Angareshwar as a mega circuit. State will plan to allocate more five crores for the development. It also plans to develop Nadabet Sima Darshan Yojana, where various infrastructure will be developed at an investment of Rs 35 crore. For the expansion of Ambardi Lion Safari Park in Amreli state provided Rs five crore. SAUNI to ease water shortage First India News Gandhinagar: Water- harvesting and water- management practices through various irri- gation schemes will now ensure that water from areas with a sur- plus reaches areas fac- ing a shortage of wa- ter. The state govern- ment’sdreamSaurash- tra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) project will now sup- ply water to areas with a shortage. With the first two phases of the project completed, 32 reservoirs, 48 lakes and more than 181 check dams have been filled with Narmada’s water. In Kutch, around 57,850 hectares has been covered under the scheme. The state gov- ernment has further allocated Rs100 crore for the extension of the project. The state has also included Piyaj- Dharoi-Redlakshmipu- ra-Kehrava-Visnagar under the scheme. A provision of Rs55 crore has been made, which hasalreadybeenimple- mented. A Rs250 crore lift irrigation scheme has also been under- taken in the tribal belt of Songadh-Uchachal- Nizar, which will make use of water flow from the Ukai Dam. 600-BEDHOSPITALFORWOMEN,KIDS New hospital to come up at Vadodara’s SSG as part of `11,243 crore allocation for health and family welfare FOR NIROGI GUJARAT First India News eputy Chief Minis- ter Nitin Patel, who is also the state’s fi- nance minister, on Wednesday an- nounced a new 600-bed ma- ternity and paediatric hospi- tal, to be set up at a cost of Rs180 crore on the premises of Vadodara’s SSG Hospital. This is part of the Rs11,243 croreallocationthatPatel an- nounced for health and fam- ily welfare. The new hospital will be- gin being built in fiscal 2020- 21, with Rs50 crore being set aside for the initial expendi- ture. The minister also an- nounced several other provi- sions for health and its re- lated sectors. An amount of Rs73 crore has been allocated forancillaryworkatPDUcol- lege, Rajkot, and the medical college in Bhavnagar, to in- crease the number of MBBS and postgraduate seats there. At present, there are 100 MBBS seats and 64 for post- graduate students. Further, the state govern- ment plans to procure 150 new ambulances under the GVK Emergency Manage- ment and Research Institute (GVK EMRI)’s 108 service, at a cost of Rs27 crore. For cancer care, Rs16 crore has been allocated for an MRI machineatthegeneralhospi- tal in Nadiad and new equip- ment at the general hospital in Siddhpur. The budget sets aside Rs125 crore for the construc- tion of medical colleges and hostels and upgrade existing government hospitals in Navsari, Rajpipla, and Por- bandar. A provision of Rs2 crore has been made to start a Bachelor’s programme in Audiology and Speech-Lan- guage Pathology at the GMERS Medical College and Hospital, Sola, and to begin operations at the Cochlear Implant Centre. In addition, Rs21 crore has been set aside to upgrade Community Health Centres in Jasdan, Dhrol, Dahegam, Manavadar, Halol, Songadh, and Chikhli. D FUTURE FOCUS  A provision of `7 cr. for start- ing School of Defense stud- ies of Gujarat University by signing an MOU with DRDO.  A provision of `12 cr. for introducing the course of Department of Advance De- fense Technology at IIT RAM in collaboration with DRDO.  A provision of `7.50 cr. under “Poshan Triveni Protsahan Puraskar” scheme- cash prize of `12000 and `6000 will be given to Anganwadi worker and Tedagar respectively and `12000 will be given to the ASHA worker and ANM who have well nourished all the Anganwadis in their own lo- cality. `35 cr. for construction of 500 Anganwadi Centres at the rate of `7 lakh per Angan- wadi in urban area.  Female construction work- ers will be provided assis- tance of `27,500 towards delivery assistance upto two children. A provision of `6 cr. for this purpose.  A provision of `50 crore for providing subsidy to pproxi- mately1,20,000 construction workers of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot in order to reduce travelling ex- pense for commuting to Kadi- anaka and work place by City Bus with provision of `50 cr. to provide the subsidy.  A provision of `25 cr. for air- port development at Rajpipla, Amreli, Keshod and Mehsana  For the establishment of Tan- ariri Performing Arts College at Vadnagar, a provision of `1 cr. for promoting studies and researchin dance, music and drama.
  • 5. STATE BUDGET 2020-21 AGRI& INDUSTRY www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia 05AHMEDABAD | THURSDAY, 27.02.2020 ` 150 crore HAS BEEN EARMARKED BY FINANCE MINISTER NITIN PATEL FOR DEVELOPING SHIVARAJPUR BEACH ON PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP MODE. `18 crore PROVISION HAS BEEN MADE FOR INCENTIVES TO BOOST THE NEW ENVIRONMENT OF START-UPs AND TO ENHANCE THE FIELD OF INNOVATION AND RESEARCH. First India News Gandhinagar: The an- nual state budget grant- ed relief to farmers in the state after Finance Minister Nitin Patel an- nounced the Dinkar Yo- jana at the state assem- bly. Under the scheme, farmers will be supplied with electricity during the daytime. Patel said, “It has been a long-standing de- mand of the farmers that they get power dur- ing the day. So, the gov- ernment has allocated Rs3,500 crore to strengthen the trans- mission network and install a new sub-sta- tion. The project will be completed over a period of three years.” Of this, Rs500 crore has been set aside in the budget for fiscal 2020-21. Further, a provision of Rs750 crore has been made to intensify agri- cultural research and educational pro- grammes at the state’s agricultural universi- ties. In addition, the budget also includes a Rs12-crore allocation for the unique Gujarat Or- ganic Agricultural Uni- versity, to be set up Halol. Given the loss of crops due to unseasonal and excessive rainfall this fiscal, the govern- ment has announced a relief packageof Rs3,795 crore for farmers. In addition, Rs50 crore has been set aside for cow-based natural farming, with the new scheme providing farm- ers monthly financial assistance of Rs900 per cow. Farmers can also procure light load-bear- ing vehicles more easi- ly, with Rs30 crore being allocated for the Kishan Parivahan Yojana, un- der which 5,000 farmers can avail assistance of Rs50,000 to Rs75,000 each in the initial stage. Power(play) for Gujarat’s farmers LIGHT & DAYLIGHT  FINANCE MINISTER HAS ANNOUNCED A RELIEF PACKAGE OF `3,795 CR FOR FARMERS AND ALSO ALLOCATES `3,500 CR TOWARDS THE DAY-TIME ELECTRICITY SUPPLY EDUCATION AND NUTRITION Primary schoolchildren will get as many as 7,000 new class- rooms during the next academ- ic year, with the government allocating Rs650 crore for this project. With Rs 35 crore set aside for the construction of 500 anganwadi centres in ur- ban areas, Rann anganwadis to be built for 1,500 salt-worker families of Surendranagar district, and mini anganwadis planned at the Central jails of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot districts, infants and toddlers have been well considered in the Budget for fiscal 2020-21. The spotlight, albeit a smaller one, is also on girl children, with Rs50 crore allocated for the Vhali Dikari Yojna, which complements the Beti Bachavo Beti Bhanavo Yojna. Children’s nutrition has also received additional attention, with the government allotting Rs342 crore for the Doodh Sanjivani Yojana. HAPPINESS QUOTIENT According to the budget, children will have access to better food and schools this coming financial year. This budget is directionless, disappointing and has nothing for the grassroots level individual. There is a lack of willingness to provide minimum selling price to the farmers. They are making claims to double farmers' income but they are not getting the minimum price. Paresh Dhanani LoP Allocations made in the budget were focused on upcoming election of municipalities and municipal corporations. This government spent Rs100 crore for ‘Namaste Trump’ and Rs 95 crore for Vibrant Gujarat events. There is a huge gap between the claims and the actual expenditure. Amit Chavda, President, GPCC The unemployed youth is seeking employment in the government. Currently, the employment generation rate is the lowest in 45 years. Except 11,000 recruitment of Lok Rakshak Dal, there is nothing. There is no effort to give jobs to even one percent of the unemployed youth. Jignesh Mewani, Independent MLA SPEAK UP BUDGET POINTER EDUCATION First India News Ahmedabad: With the government allo- cating Rs31,955 crore for education in fis- cal 2020-21, as many as 500 state-run pri- mary schools are set to get an upgrade in line with the educa- tional model in Delhi. Deputy Chief Min- ister and Finance Minister Nitin Patel on Wednesday an- nounced a taluka- level ‘School of Ex- cellence Scheme’ in which talented stu- dents from the talu- ka will be identified and taught by expert teachers in schools equipped with the modern infrastruc- tural facilities such as smart classrooms, computer labs, STEM labs and sports facilities. Wednesday’s budget has allocated Rs250 crore for this project, which aims to en- sure quality educa- tion that meets glob- al standards. There will also be a Command and Con- trol Centre, to be set up at a cost of Rs125 crore, which will strengthen digital and smart class- rooms, provide real- time online monitor- ing of the scheme and help schools achieve and main- tain an improved level of education. Another Rs125 crore has been allo- cated to create vir- tual classrooms which will help ap- proximately six lakh children stud- ying in 15,000 class- rooms of primary schools. An amount of Rs30 crore has been set aside under the Digital Educa- tion Development Fund, to undertake digital technology- related activities in 221 higher secondary schools and techni- cal educational insti- tutes. Tribal students who are studying in colleges allied with a hostel will each get a monthly food allow- ance of Rs1,500, up from the current al- lowance Rs1,200. Govt saved 10 tonnes of paper First India News Gandhinagar: The government is pleased with itself for saving 10 tonnes of papers normally used to print budget booklets by printing “just 100 cop- ies” of the Budget booklet and giving out soft copies of the docu- ments on pen drives. “Every year, the gov- ernment uses around 15 tonnes of paper stock to print budget books and papers for circulation. We dis- cussed the issue in a meeting of the busi- ness consultative com- mittee and decided to go digital to save trees. We faced opposition from the rival party but we were firm on our decision,” Finance Minister Nitin Patel informed the house while delivering his budget speech on Wednesday. The opposition had opposed this move say- ing that not all the membersarecomputer- savvy.“Notallthemem- bers of the house are computer-savvy,sothey must give a hard copy. The government often gives Budget booklets to those who do not needthem.Theyshould decrease this wastage instead,” said a Con- gress party leader. `1,450 CR FOR MSME SECTOR`95 crore set aside for the next edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in 2021 FOR INDUSTRIAL GROWTH First India News hief Minister Vijay Rupani can take great pride in at- tracting foreign di- rect investment of Rs 24,012 crore in the first six months of the current financial year, and this is al- most double than Rs 12,618 crore it had attracted in 2018-19. In the last three years, to- tal 2,574 big industries were established in the country, while against that 735 units were set up in Gujarat. That is because of the state gov- ernment’s ease of doing business policy, good infra- structure, incentive scheme and sound law and order situation in the state. Under the Industrial Poli- cy 2015, about 2,600 units were sanctioned under the MSME scheme in the cur- rent financial year. The state government has made a pro- vision of Rs 1,450 crore for it. The State is encouraging employment-oriented indus- tries and this is why the fo- cus is on plastic industries, mega innovative project and aerospace and defence sec- tors. The State is laying deep sea pipeline and for this an infrastructure project is be- ing developed with a provi- sion of Rs 500 crore. The state wishes that sick units should be revived so that un- employed people get jobs and for this allocation of Rs 100 crore has been made. The government has allo- cated Rs 95 crore for the next edition of the Vibrant Guja- rat Summit in 2021. A Rs 18-crore provision has been made for incentives to start- ups, innovation and re- search. About Rs 150 crore has been earmarked by Finance Minister Nitin Patel for de- veloping Shivarajpur Beach on PPP mode. C SOPS FOR MSME  A provision of `50 cr. for Cow Based Natural Farming new scheme for provid- ing assistance of `900 per month, i.e. `10,800 per year.  A provision of `12 cr. for setting up Gujarat Organic Agricultural University, the first in the country, at Halol in Panchmahal district  A provision of `100 cr. for new scheme providing bene- fit of infrastructural facilities for cow sheds, godown for fodder storage, tubewell fa- cility for water, solar rooftop installation, micro irrigation in the fodder plot, sprinkler etc. as one time subvention for upgrading Panjara Pols  A provision of `8 cr. for pro- viding large size umbrellas to small traders protecting them from scorching heat, chilling cold and pouring rain and to prevent their fruits and vegetables from being damaged.  A provision of `50 cr. to provide market committee subvention to construct godowns upto 5000 MT capacity.  500 of the state schools will be developed as “School of Excellence for which provi- sion of `250 cr.  A provision of `10 cr. for enhancing the scope of the education institutes of the state to national and inter- national level under Study in Gujarat scheme.  A provision of `650 cr. for construction of 7000 class rooms of primary schools. State primary schools to get ‘Delhi treatment’
  • 6. Burn vehicles can be seen which were set ablaze by demonstrators following clashes between two groups over the new citizenship law, at Khazoori Khas in New Delhi on Wednesday. A security personnel conducts patrolling in Maujpur area of the riot-affected north east Delhi, Wednesday. www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia INDIAAHMEDABAD | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 06 New Delhi: The Su- preme Court on Wednesday adjourned till March 23 hearing on pleas seeking removal of the crowd protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at S haheen Bagh area in the national capital. A division bench headed by Justice San- jay Kishan Kaul and also comprising KM Joseph said that they have to look into the road closure issue. “We are informed that there are certain un- fortunate issues that happened,” Justice Kaul said. The apex court also refused to interfere with the application, filed by Chandrashek- har Azad and social ac- tivist Bahadur Abbas Naqvi, seeking court- monitored SIT probe into the alleged Delhi riots observing that the Delhi High Court is looking into the matter. The top court had on Tuesday agreed to hear the application about the recent violence in northeast Delhi over the CAA. The interlocutors, appointed by the top court to engage with the anti-CAA protes- tors at Shaheen Bagh and convince them to demonstrate at an al- ternate location, had submitted their report in a sealed cover on Monday. —ANI ShaheenBagh:‘Timingunconduciveforhearing’ New Delhi: Family membersof Intelligence Bureau Officer Ankit Sharma, whose body was recovered from the northeast Delhi's Chand Bagh area on Wednes- day, has alleged that a few people who were pelting stones from the building belonging to AAP leader and Munici- pal Councillor Tahir Hussain in Chand Bagh, had killed Sharma. Ankit's father Ravin- der Kumar has stated that Ankit was attacked while he was returning from his duty. “Ankit went at the site (Chand Bagh) where stone-pelting was taking place. Around 15-20 people came from Tahir's building and dragged 5-6 people inside the building. They also fired at other people who tried to save those taken inside the build- ing,” Kumar told ANI. Family of IB Officer Ankit Sharma alleges AAP neta’s involvement Intelligence Bureau Ankit Sharma’s mother said that her son got a job at the age of 23. ‘Normalcy has returned to North-East district’ New Delhi: Congress interim President So- nia Gandhi on Wednes- day expressed displeas- ure over the “top leader- ship of the Central and the Delhi Government” for being silent over the incidents of violence in North-East Delhi. “It is rather shock- ing, it was expected of the top leadership of Central and State Gov- ernment to speak up (about violence in Del- hi),” she said while re- sponding to a journalist in a press conference in New Delhi. “Chief Min- ister Arvind Kejriwal and Centre is equally responsible for not acti- vating the administra- tion to reach out to the people to maintain peace and harmony,” Sonia added. Shocking to see silence of top leadership: Sonia New Delhi: Union min- ister and senior BJP leader Prakash Ja- vadekar on Wednesday hit out at Congress in- terim President Sonia Gandhi for criticising the Centre over vio- lence in North-East Delhi and asked her to desist from playing “politics” on the issue. “At such times all parties should ensure that peace is main- tained. They should not blame the government and do dirty politics. Politicising this vio- lence is wrong,” he said. Javadekar also slammed Gandhi for de- manding the resigna- tion of Home Minister Amit Shah, saying, “They are asking where was Amit Shah. He took an all-party meeting yesterday where a Con- gress leader was also present. Home Minister gave directions to the police and also boost the morale of the police.” ‘Sonia Gandhi’s statement is unfortunate and condemnable’ New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Pri- yanka Gandhi Vadra has come out strongly against the BJP and its leader Kapil Mishra for the violence in some ar- eas of northeast Delhi, and has appealed to the people to maintain peace. She also took part in a peace rally the Congress took out on Wednesday. Earlier while speak- ing to reporters after the Congress Working Com- mittee (CWC) meeting, Gandhi said “no action on Kapil Mishra is as shameful as his state- ment.” She attended the CWC meeting, which in its resolution demanded the resignation of Home Minister Shah in view of the violence in Delhi. No action against Kapil Mishra is shameful: Priyanka Gandhi New Delhi: Delhi Com- missioner of Police Amulya Patnaik on Wednesday said that normalcy has returned to a large extent in North-East Delhi, which has witnessed widespread violence over the last two days. “Senior officers are on rounds, extra forces have been given and a lot of confidence- building measures are being taken. Things are being brought back to normal,” Patnaik said here. Earlier today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Del- hi Police is “unable to control the situation and instill confidence,” adding that the Army should be called in and a curfew is imposed in rest of affected areas immediately. New Delhi: Delhi Po- lice on Wednesday re- quested people not to pay heed to rumours while continuing ex- tensive patrolling by in the North-East dis- trict, which has wit- nessed widespread vio- lence over the last few days. The police, along with paramilitary forc- es, has been conduct- ing extensive patrol- ling in the area.” Do not pay heed to rumours: Delhi Police New Delhi: State BJP President and Member of Parliament from North-East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency, Manoj Tiwari, on Wednesday slammed CM Kejriwal and stated that he should have come forth with his con- cerns yesterday when home minister Amit Shah had called an all- party meeting and not create confusion on the already tense situation in the area. —ANI AMID DELHI VIOLENCE, MANOJ TIWARI SLAMS KEJRI POLICE FAILED TO TAKE ACTION, SAYS SC The Congress Work- ing Committee (CWC) on Wednesday passed a resolution demanding the resig- nation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah with immedi- ate effect over vio- lence in Delhi. “After reviewing the situation, the CWC is of the firm opinion that what has happened in Del- hi is a colossal fail- ure of duty for which the entire responsi- bility must be borne by the Central Gov- ernment and par- ticularly the Home Minister and we call upon the Home Min- ister to tender his resignation immedi- ately,” read CWC resolution. “The Chief Minis- ter and the Delhi Government are equally responsible for not activating the administration to reach out to the peo- ple to maintain peace and harmony. It is the collective failure of the two govern- ments that have re- sulted in a great trag- edy in the capital city which threatens to become worse by the day,” it added. CWC demands resignation of Shah over Delhi violence CONG LEADERS TO SUBMIT MEMORANDUM Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval are monitoring the situation in the city after the violence-hit its north-east areas —Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra along with senior party leaders sitting on a silent protest in New Delhi. Sonia Gandhi New Delhi: Chief Min- isterArvindKejriwalon Wednesday blamed “an- ti-social, political and external elements” for the violence which had engulfed parts of the na- tional capital over the last three days, assert- ing that people of Delhi do not want violence. Speaking in Delhi As- sembly, Kejriwal said: “People of Delhi do not want violence. All this has not been done by the aam aadmi (common man). This has been done by some anti-so- cial, political and exter- nal elements. Hindus and Muslims in Delhi never want to fight.” The Chief Minister an- nounced the compensa- tion of Rs 1 crore and a job to a member of Po- lice Head Constable Ra- tan Lal, who lost his life at duty during the vio- lence in Gokulpuri. “I want to assure the family of Delhi Police Head Constable Ratan Lal ji that we will take care of them. We will give a compensation of Rs 1 crore and a job to a member of his family,” he said. He also demanded that the Army should be called in the national capital in the view of violence which has claimed 22 lives so far. “I have been in touch wid large no of people whole nite. Situation alarm- ing. Police, despite all its efforts,unabletocontrol situation and instil con- fidence. Army shud be called in and curfew im- posed in rest of affected areas immediately. Am writing to Hon'ble HM to this effect,” he had tweeted. —ANI OUTSIDERS INVOLVED IN VIOLENCE: KEJRIWAL Arvind Kejriwal said inform the police if outsiders are coming in to destroy peace. 5 IPS OFFICERS OF DELHI RESHUFFLED
  • 8. DELHI TOP FUNCTIONARIES LIKELY TO BE CHANGED? The violence incidents in the national capital is likely to roll many heads from LG, CS and CP. MHA is said to be not happy the situation was handled on the ground. 7 IPS OFFICERS RETIRING IN FEB Only seven IPS officers of various cadres and batches are retiring in February 2020. They are: Pravin B Gondia of Gujarat; Arun Kumr of Haryana; Sanjiv Kumar Singh and R A Choubey of Madhya Pradesh; Vachipa Vise of Nagaland; Om Prakash of Uttar Pradesh and Saroj Kumar Gajmer of West Bengal. SRIVASTAVA TO BE DELHI POLICE COMMISSIONER? In all probability, S N Srivastava will be appoint- ed regular Police Commissioner of Delhi when Amulya Patnaik retires this month end. In a late evening decision MHA has appointed 1985 batch IPS officer S N Srivastava as Sl Commissioner, Law & Order, Delhi Police. 11 IGS IN CRPF TRANSFERRED In a major reshuffle in CRPF, 11 IGs have been transferred. Among them two are IPS officers while nine are Cadre officers. Accordingly, K S Bhandari will be new IG, RAF hq in Delhi, Arun Kumar is going to Mount Abu as IG, Internal Security Academy,(ISA), Pradeep Kumar Singh to take over as IG, West Bengal Sector,Kolkata, Anshuman yadav, IPS joins IG (Intelligence) at CRPF, Hq, Randeep Dutta to replace Yaday as IG of Manipur & Nagaland Sector, A V Chauhan is coming to CRPF Academy, Kadarpur as IG, Vikram Sahgal has been transferred to Rajasthan Sector as IG in Jaipur, Vivek Vaid will take over as IG (Estt) at the Hq, Ajay Kumar Yadav, IPS, will be IG (Provisioning) at the Hq, RDS Sahi will be IG (Communication & IT in the Hq and G V H Giri has been posted as IG, Bihar Sector, Patna. SC COLLEGIUM PROPOSES ELEVATION OF JUSTICE DHARMADHIKARI SC Collegium has recommended elevation of Justice BP Dharmadhikari, Acting Chief Justice, Bombay High Court as Chief Justice of that HC. 12 COLONELS SOUGHT BY DMA The services of as many as 12 officers of Colonel rank from various units have reportedly been sought by the Department of Military Affairs on deputation to work under Joint Secretaries. CHOPRA YET TO GET ORDERS; VACANCY OF MD, REIL ON APR 1 Government of India is yet to issue orders of Rakesh Chopra, GM, Rajasthan Electronics & In- struments Limited (REIL), for his appointment as Managing Director, REIL. A vacancy of this post is arising on April 1, 2020 with the retirement of present MD. SACHDEVA GETS PREMATURE REPATRIATION TO PARENT CADRE Manmohan Sachdeva presently posted as Direc- tor, Department of Economic Affairs had been prematurely repatriated to his parent cadre to avail promotion benefit. He is an ICoAS officer of 1996 batch. ASHRAF AMBASSADOR TO FRANCE Jawed Ashraf , presently High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Singapore, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to France.He is an Indian Foreign Service officer of 1991 batch. RAJIV KUMAR POSTED AS DIRECTOR, IRICEN Rajiv Kumar presently working as CPD/SD had been transferred and posted as Director, IRICEN, Pune. He is an IRSE officer. SANDEEP MEHRA’S SERVICES ABSORBED AT RITES The services of Sandeep Mehra had been perma- nently absorbed in RITES.He is an IRSME officer. 5 IIS OFFICERS TRANSFERRED MIB has transferred 5 Indian Information ser- vice officers to new places. Accordingly, D J Narain to join as ADG, PIB, Delhi, S N Pradhan going to PIB Imphal as ADG (Region), Nungsanglemba AO joins PIB, Delhi as ADG, Ms Nidhi Pandey has been shifted from PIB to DD News Delhi as ADG and Sunil Shukla joins ROB, Lucknow as Dy Director. D G VANZARA GETS POST- RETIREMENT PROMOTION A 1987 batch retired IPS officer, D G Vanzara has been given post-retirement promotion to Inspec- tor General grade by the Gujarat Government. VIJAYA APPOINTED AS STAFF OFFICER TO CHIEF SECRETARY, AP Vijaya K has been appointed to newly created post of Staff Officer to Chief Secretary. She is a 2013 batch IAS officer of AP cadre. POWERGallery INDIAAHMEDABAD | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 08www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal for issuing orders for adap- tation of central laws under concurrent list to Jammu and Kashmir and 37 central laws which were not applica- bletotheUnionterritory will now be applicable. Briefing reporters about the decisions, In- formation and Broad- casting Minister Prakash Javadekar said it was an important de- cision after the reorgan- isation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. “We have also decided to pass an order for an adaptation of central laws under the concurrent list. So 37 laws which were not ap- plicable to Kashmir val- ley are now applicable. This will ensure that throughout the country, the laws passed under the constitution are ap- plicable,” he said. Anofficialreleasesaid the cabinet approved the order for adaptation of Central Acts in the Un- ion Territory under Sec- tion96of theJammuand KashmirReorganisation Act, 2019. —ANI Cabinet nod on adaptation of Central laws under concurrent list in J-K New Delhi: In a signifi- cant decision, the state Cabinet on Tuesday cleared a proposal seek- ing amendment in the Uttar Pradesh State University Act 1973, to rename of Khwaja Moi- nuddin Chisti Urdu, Arabi-Farsi University, a state university, as “Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Languages Uni- versity, Lucknow”. Sources said that the proposal cited that in the state, apart from Urdu, Arabic and Farsi languages, literary and cultural studies as well as research takes place in other languages such as Hindi, Sanskrit, Pali, and other Indian lan- guages as well. Also, there is a need to study English and foreign lan- guages like French, German and more as well. —ANI New Delhi: Cabinet ap- proved to exempt IPGL, incorporated for devel- opment and manage- ment of Shahid Be- hesthi Port of Chaba- har in Iran, from De- partment of Public En- terprises Guidelines except in reservation and vigilance policies. New Delhi: Cabinet ap- proved Surrogacy (Reg- ulation) Bill, 2020 to pro- vide effective regulation of surrogacy, prohibit commercial surrogacy and allow altruistic sur- rogacy. Bill is likely to be brought in second half of Budget Session beginning next month. EXEMPTION OF IPGL FOR CHABAHAR PORT PROJECT Chisti varsity: ‘Urdu, Arabi-Farsi’ replaced with ‘languages’ SURROGACY (REGULATION) BILL, 2020 APPROVED New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Wednesday told a court here that no cognisable offence was found against BJP leaders Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma. Delhi Police has sought time to file a final Action Taken Re- port (ATR) on a com- plaint filed against the two BJP leaders. Ad- ditional Chief Metro- politan Magistrate (ACMM) Vishal Pahu- ja, after hearing the arguments, reserved the order for March 2, on a complaint filed by CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat against the two BJP leaders for their alleged hate speeches during Delhi assembly polls’ campaign. Crime Branch of the Delhi Police, in a status report filed in the court, said that on the basis of the allega- tion levelled in the complaint, “prima fa- cie no cognisable of- fence has been found to be committed”. No cognisable offence found: Cops on complaint against Thakur, Verma New Delhi: Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) passed a resolu- tion condemning apex court’s Justice Arun Mishra praising PM Narendra Modi at Inter- national Judicial Con- ference held, as “such remarks reflect poorly on the independence of the judiciary”. Justice Mishra, who is third in seniority, on Saturday, praised Modi calling him an “inter- nationally acclaimed visionary”. The lawyers’ body in a statement said “The SCBA expresses its strong reservations of the statements and con- demns the same strong- ly. The SCBA believes that the independence of the judiciary is the basic structure under the Constitution and that such independence be preserved in letter and spirit.” SCBA condemns Justice for praising PM SC SEEKS REPLY ON MUFTI’S DETENTION New Delhi: SCissued a notice to J-K admin- istration seeking re- sponse on a plea filed by Iltija, daughter of formerCMMehbooba Mufti, challenging her mother’s deten- tion under Jammu and Kashmir PSA, 1978. She was also asked to file an affida- vit that no similar caseispendingbefore any other court and posted matter for hearing to March 18. New Delhi: Calling Balakote airstrike a “successful counter ter- ror operation launched by the fearless Indian Air Force air warriors”, Defence Minister Ra- jnath Singh on Wednes- day said that now we do not hesitate to cross the border to protect India against terrorism. “India today cele- brates the first anniver- sary of Balakote air- strikes. It was a success- ful counter terror oper- ation launched by the fearless Indian Air Force air warriors. With the success of Bal- akote air strikes India has clearly demonstrat- editsstrongwillagainst terrorism,” Rajnath tweeted. The Defence Minister later went on to salute the Indian Air Force for its “unmatched bravery and courage”. “I salute the Indian Air Force for its un- matched bravery and courage exhibited dur- ing Balakote air strikes. Our government led by Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi has adopted a different approach from earlier governments. Now we do not hesitate to cross the border to protect India against terrorism,” he tweeted. Rajnath Singh also thanked PM Modi f. “I thank Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi for bringing change in In- dia’s approach against terrorism and our ways to counter terror. The Surgical Strikes of 2016 and Balakote Air Strikes of 2019 are testi- mony to this change. This is certainly a New and Confident India in making,” he said. ‘DON’T HESITATE TO CROSS BORDERTO PROTECT INDIA’ Srinagar: IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria said that the message of the Balakot airstrike, which the IAF carried out last year on this day, was clear that there will be a robust response to a terror attack from across the border. “The message is clear that it will no longer be a status quo, if there is an attack orchestrated from across the border there will be a response and it will be a robust response,” he said. He flew a sortie in MiG-21 of 51 Squadron with two Mirage-2000s and Sukhoi-30MKI from Sri- nagar airbase to mark completion of one year of Balakot airstrikes. “Today is the Balakot anniversary. So, it was really to get back to the boys to spend some time with them, fly a mission with them,” he said. Will give ‘robust response’ to attack from Pakistan: IAF Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and other IAF officers. CISF TO HANDLE AIRPORTSECURITY Srinagar: Security of Srinagar and the Jammu airports have been handed over to CISF and all police personnel posted there have been called back with immediate effect. All po- lice personnel of executive and armed wings posted there are transferred to their respective wings and parent departments immediately. PIPIGANJ MARG TO BE RENAMED Lucknow: In the long list of ‘name change’ of cities or areas undertaken by UP government, next name will be of Pipiganj Marg, which will be changed to Sri Ram Pratap Bahadur Marg. The nine kilometer long road, from Badya Chowk to Pipiganj in Gorakhpur Janpad, will be dedicated to Ram Pratap Bahadur, a social activist. SPICEJET TO START 11 NEW FLIGHTS FROM MARCH 29 New Delhi: SpiceJet will launch 11 new do- mestic flights, including on Srinagar-Mumbai route, from March, according to a release. There would be non-stop flights on Mumbai-Leh, Leh-Srinagar and Srinagar-Mumbai routes. Besides, there would be additional frequencies on Mumbai-Rajkot, Delhi-Dharamshala and Bengaluru-Vijayawada sectors. Among others, there would be two new flights on the Jaland- har-Jaipur-Jalandhar route under the regional connectivity scheme. ISRO TO LAUNCH GEO IMAGING SATELLITE ON MARCH 5 New Delhi: ISRO on Wednesday said that GSLV-F10 will launch geo imaging satellite, GISAT-1, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on March 5. “Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F10) will launch geo imaging satellite (GISAT-1) from the second launch pad of the SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is tentatively sched- uled at 1743 Hrs IST on March 05, 2020, subject to weather conditions,” ISRO said. Weighing about 2,275 kg, GISAT-1 is a state-of-the-art agile Earth observation satellite. NATIONAL TECHNICAL TEXTILES MISSION NAT’L STATUS IN THE COURTYARD IAF SPEAKS LAST EXTENSION TO ACCUSED IN MALEGAON CASE Mumbai: A special National Investiga- tion Agency (NIA) court in Mumbai on Wednesday granted last extension to all the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case who were ab- sent during hear- ings, including BJP MP Pragya Thakur. The court said that all accused have to follow the earlier orders of court of remaining present in court at least once a week from now onwards. So far, Thakur had been citing health or engagement as a MP as her reasons.
  • 9. Plessis rested for Aus ODI series Cape Town: Faf du Plessis has again been left out of South Afri- ca’s One-Day Interna- tional squad for the three-match series against Australia start- ing on Saturday, but coach Mark Boucher said that the veteran batsman remains in the team’s future plans. Saudi to host richest horse race Riyadh: In Saudi Ara- bia this week hosts the world’s richest horse race, with USD 20 mil- lion in cash prizes on offer in the latest inter- national sports extrav- aganza designed to boost its battered glob- al image. Nadal off the mark in Acapulco Acapulco: In Rafael Nadal marked his re- turn to action with a straight-sets victory over Pablo Andujar as he launched his bid to reclaim the world num- ber one ranking at the Mexico Open in Aca- pulco. Sakshi’s Olympics dream over Lucknow: Sonam Mailk downed Sakshi Malik for the second time in a row, this time by pinning the Olym- pic medallist, to make it to the Indian team for next month’s Olym- pic Qualifiers on Wednesday. BRIEF in Canberra: Skipper Heather Knight smashed the first cen- tury of the women’s Twenty20 World Cup Wednesday as England emphatically got their campaign back on track with a crushing 98-run win over minnows Thailand. England had looked vulnerable as they crashed to a six-wicket defeat against South Af- rica in their opening Group B game on Sun- day, following a shock 10-wicket hammering by Sri Lanka in their final warm-up last week. With only the top two from each of the two five-team groups qualifying for the knockout phase, defeat in Canberra would have left their tournament in tatters. But Knight hit an unbeaten 108 in a tournament-best 169- run partnership with Natalie Sciver (not out 59) to secure the vital win. England’s 176 for two was also the highest score by any team so far. “We were gutted after the performance the other day so it was very important that we bounced back with a de- cent performance here, which we did,” said Knight. Every game is a must-win game for us now. It was a nice start to get on the board to- day but we have a long way to go in this compe- tition and we’ve got to keep the momentum go- ing and put in strong performances.” Debu- tants Thailand, who came through qualify- ing, have now lost both of their games after an opening seven-wicket defeat to the West In- dies. ” said Thai cap- tain Sornnarin Tip- poch. “The nature of T20 is getting runs on the board so we are working on our batting game.” Sornnarin won the toss and opted to bowl and it couldn’t have started better with Amy Jones stumped from the second ball of the day. When Danielle Wyatt went without scoring in the second over, 2009 champions England were reeling at seven for two. Knight slams century to beat Thailand by 98 runs New Delhi: Australia run-machine Steve Smith moved past India captain Virat Kohli to reclaim the No.1 Test batsman. Kohli dropped 5 points after a poor out- ing in both the innings of Wellington Test as India skipper scored only 2 runs in the first innings of India’s 1st Test against New Zea- land and was dismissed for a 43-ball 19 in the second innings. Virat Kohli has now slipped to No.2 in the ICC rankings for Test batsmen with 906 points. Steve Smith leads Kohli by 5 points. Other than Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane (760), Cheteshwar Pujara (757) and Mayank Agar- wal (727) occupy the next 8th, 9th and 10th positions respectively. Meanwhile, Kohli’s counterpart Kane Wil- liamson surpassed Aus- tralia’s batting sensa- tion Marnus La- buschagne to regain the 3rd spot in ICC Test rankings on the back of his match-winning in- nings of 89 runs at the Basin Reserve. India pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami dropped points and slipped from the top 10 ranked bowlers, leaving R Ashwin as the only Indian in the top 10, ranked No.9 with 765 points. However, Kiwi veter- an pacer Tim Southee jumped eight spots in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers, courtesy match-winning returns of 9/110 in the first Test between India and New Zealand. Smith dethrones Kohli to regain top spot in Test Gujarat students shine inKIUGheldinOdisha Man City file appeal against ban at CAS Gujarat’s finance budget cuts `19 cr in sports sector, provision of `560 cr SHARAP-OVER Steve Smith regained the top spot with 911 points in the Test rankings India skipper Virat Kohli is now ranked 2nd with 906 points to his name SPORTSAHMEDABAD | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 09www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Gujarat: Khelo India University Games was organised in Odisha in which students of Sard- ar Patel University Vid- yanagar College par- ticipated. Students of Sardar Patel University Vidyanagar won silver medal. The Games were organised in Odisha from February 21 to 24. Uttkarsh Dixit from Pa- tiala & Priyanka Thakran from Rohtak claim gold. London: Manchester City has filed an ex- pected appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a two- year ban from Europe- an soccer competition. The club met its late- Monday deadline to challenge UEFA, CAS said. “It is not possible to indicate at this time when a final award in this matter will be is- sued,” the court said. It is unclear if City will seek UEFA’s consent for a public hearing. Gandhinagar: Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Nitin Patel presented a Budget of Rs 2,17,287 crore for the financial year 2020-21. A provision of Rs 560 crore has been made for the sports sector. It is noteworthy that last year the finance minis- ter made provision of Rs 579 crore for sports development, which means that this time it has reduced by Rs 19 crore. FM Nitin Patel, while presenting the budget in the Legisla- tive Assembly, said that many players in the state have benefited from the Khel Maha- kumbh and Gujarat has now moved ahead in the field of sports. The plan- ning of the Khel Maha- kumbh has created a competitive atmosphere in the sports sector with the increasing interest in sports among the youth of the state and hence a provision of Rs. 79 crore for district level sports school. It has been made to take it further. In addi- tion to this, a provision of Rs 6 crore, under the Shaktidoot scheme, has been made for the inten- sive training and educa- tion of emerging talent in the field of sports. HITCHED! Australia’s star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell took to social media on Wednesday to announce engagement with long-time Indian girlfriend, Vini Raman. North Carolina: Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova, one of the world’s most recognisable sportswom- en, on Wednesday announced her retirement at the age of 32. “Tennis - I’m saying goodbye,” Sharapova said in an article for Vogue and Vanity Fair maga- zines. “After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, though, I’m ready to scale another moun- tain - to compete on a different type of terrain.” Sharapova burst onto the scene as a su- premely gifted teenager and won her Grand Slams before serving a 15-month ban for fail- ing a drugs test at the 2016 Aus- tralian Open. The Russian for- mer world number one’s rank- ing is currently 373rd. Sharapova has hardly played in the past year because of long- standing shoulder problems. When she did play she lost as many matches as she won and was dumped out in the first rounds at Wimbledon, the US Openand,mostrecently,theAus- tralian Open in Melbourne. Sharapova shot to fame as a gig- gly 17-year-old Wimbledon win- ner in 2004, the third-youngest playertoconquertheAllEngland Club’s hallowed grass courts. Controversial career of two years drugs ban The Russian, who moved to Florida as a child, served a 15-month ban after failing a doping test in 2016. Since that suspension, and managed to reach only one major quarterfinal. SHARAP-OVERSHARAP-OVER Former World No 1 says goodbye to tennis CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 35 WTA Singles titles SINGLES win loss 601 2004 2008 2006 2012,2014 145 2004WTA C’SHIP TITLE 2008FED CUP 2012OLYMPICS SILVER MEDAL GRAND SLAM HIGHLIGHTS WIMBLEDON AUSTRALIAN OPEN US OPEN FRENCH OPEN CAREER EARNING $ 325 million In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life. I’ll miss it everyday. I’ll miss the training and my daily routine: waking up at dawn, lacing my left shoe before my right, and closing the court’s gate before I hit my first ball of the day. I’ll miss my team, my coaches. I’ll miss the moments sit- ting with my fa- ther on the prac- tice court bench.
  • 10. There are people around who rekindle your spirit, keep them close and value them always. —Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO & Editor, First India AHMEDABAD | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia 10 2NDFRONT First India News Gandhinagar: Perenni- ally in a denial mode on the issue, the State Gov- ernment has admitted on the floor of the State Assembly that at least 13 farmers committed sui- cide because of crop fail- ure during the last two years. Out of these, 10 suicides have occurred in the Sau- rashtra region alone. The highest numbers of farmer deaths have been recorded in Devb- humi Dwarka, (three in 2018 and one in 2019) and Junagadh (one in 2018 and two in 2019). Amreli and Surendrana- gar reported two sui- cides each in the year 2018, while Porbandar and Sabarkantha re- ported one each in the same year. Pointing out the govern- ment’s reluctance to talk about the issue, Leader of Opposition Paresh Dha- nani said, “Firstly, the sui- cide numbers tabled in the house are incorrect. The number is higher than what the government has revealed. The government is looking to avoid the farmer suicide issue and many of the suicides have been written off as acci- dental deaths.” “Moreover, the gov- ernment has also tried to cover up the reasons for their suicide by re- dacting the answers in the question and answer booklet,” he said. On thorough perusal, the reasons listed in the booklet included fear of crop failure, inability to repay loan after crop failure, debt due to lack of income. First India News Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad Ur- ban Development Authority (AUDA) announced Rs 929 crore budget for financial year 2020-21 on Wednesday. According to AMC Commis- sioner Vijay Nehra this year’s budget will be 122% of previ- ous year’s modified budget. Nehra announced that the works of 7 flyovers announced in last year budget are in progress and shall be com- pleted by March 2021. Three new flyovers are to be constructed at Narmada main canal in Bhat, Ghuma railway line level crossing number 16 and Apollo junction in Bhat. While AUDA will bear Rs 105 crore cost, the projects will be completed at a cost of Rs 200 crore in partnership with Rail- ways and Road and Building de- partment of Guj Govt. Busy junctions on entire ring road will get flyovers in direction to achieve junction free ring road. Nehra said, while presently the works are underway to construct 2,639 affordable housing units, AUDA has de- cided to construct 5,080 new affordable housing units next year at a cost of Rs. 593 crore. Sharing the details of another major decision, he said entire development works of TP scheme such as roads, footpath, street light, drinking water and storm water line will be assigned under single tender to avoid co- ordination related issues. Nehra also announced a biodiversity park in AUDA area and a party plot at Sing- arva. While works for 5 new gar- dens are in progress, AUDA has planned to start works on 113 new gardens at one go next year covering all 113 TP schemes. First India News Ahmedabad: Follow- ing the custodial death of a young man at Kagdapith police station, the family of the de- ceased has demand- ed appropriate ac- tion in the matter. Following the inci- dent, the police sta- tion’s PSO has been suspended and the D staff dissolved. The deceased Jigar Solanki, resident of Raipur, was arrested by Kagdapith police following a dispute with his neighbour. He committed suicide while in custody at the station. The whole incident was captured on CCTV cameras at the station. The suicide raised questions against the police over their alleged negligence in the vic- tim’s death. The family of the de- ceased also refused to accept Solanki’s body on Tuesday. An investi- gation has been launched into the death of the victim. First India News Ahmedabad: Former IPS officer DG Vanzara, who was accused in the al- leged fake encounters of Ishrat Jahan and Sohrabuddin Sheikh and was later discharged in both the cases, has been given post-retire- ment promotion as the Inspector General of Po- lice (IGP) by the Gujarat government, six years after he retired from service. As per the notification issued by the state Home Department, a copy of which Vanzara tweeted on Tuesday night, he has been promoted as the IGP with effect from September 29, 2007. Additional secretary to the state home depart- ment, Nikhil Bhatt, on Wednesday confirmed that his department has issued a notification about Van- zara’s promotion. Vanzara, a 1987-batch IPS officer, had retired as the DIG on May 31, 2014. He was suspended by the state government in May 2007 after his arrest in con- nection with the alleged fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh. Later, he was also made an accused in the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake en- counter case. The former IPS officer was subse- quently discharged in both the cases by special CBI courts, first in August 2017 in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case, and then in May last year in the Ishrat Jahan case. “Consequent to clean chit received from Judi- ciary in all Encounter Cases which were con- cocted by Anti-National Forces against me & Gu- jarat Police, I have given Post-Retirement Promo- tion of Inspector Gener- al of Police wef 29-09- 2007. I am thankful to both Govt of India & Govt of Gujarat,” Van- zara tweeted along with the copy of the govern- ment notification. Vanzara was heading the Gujarat ATS when the alleged fake encoun- ters took place. After his arrest in March 2007 by the state CID, Vanzara remained in jail for around seven years. The Sohrabuddin case was transferred to Mumbai in September 2012. He was serving as DIG of Border Range at the time of his arrest. Vanzara, who had joined the police service as a DySP in 1980, was promoted as an IPS offi- cer in 1987. He served as Deputy Commissioner of Police of Ahmedabad Crime Branch and was later promoted as DIG. He also worked as DIG of ATS in Ahmedabad. Sheikh was killed in an alleged fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005, after which his wife disap- peared. According to the CBI, she, too, was killed. The central agency had claimed that Tulsiram Pra- japati, Sheikh’s aide and an eyewitness to the al- leged encounter, was later killed by the police at Cha- pri village in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district in December 2006. Ishrat, a 19-year-old woman from Mumbra near Mumbai, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Am- jadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed by Gujarat police in an al- leged fake encounter on the outskirts of Ahmed- abad on June 15, 2004. Po- lice had claimed that they had links with terrorists. 13 farmer suicides in two years: Govt AUDA finalises `929 crore budget, Nehra shares details Kagdapith custodial death: PSO suspended DG Vanzara promoted post-retirement by Guj govt Health, edu... funds for research by students under the ‘Shodh’ scheme have been continued. The budget also provides en- couragement to start- ups and innovation. The Deputy Chief Minister has an- nounced a scheme wherein if a donor in- vests in social infra- structure in the rural areas, the government would provide a match- ing grant. The State has tried to address water issue, sanitation to infrastruc- ture and employment issue, attempting to keep everyone happy and making the state from ‘Uttam’ to ‘Sarvot- tam’. Rupani calls... harvested crops, plus Rs.900 per month for looking after cows. There is a provision to provide electricity to farmers in daytime un- der Dinkar Yojna to cov- er all the farmers in the state in three years, 50 per cent assistance of Rs.150 for the first month during birth of calf. A provision of Rs.100- crore has been made by the State Government to upgrade panjra pols (cattle sheds for non-milking cows), and help APMC build godowns of 500 Metric Tonne capacity to en- sure farm produces are not destroyed in the open. Another ’84... “We can’t let another 1984 scenario happen in this city; not under the watch of this court”, Justice Muralidhar ob- served, adding, “We heard that one IB offi- cer has been attacked. These things should be immediately looked into”. The court was refer- ring to anti-Sikh riots that killed over 3,000 people in Delhi alone. The court also urged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to visit affected areas for “con- fidence-building mea- sures”, and instructed Delhi Police to ensure safe passage for the in- jured to medical institu- tions with adequate fa- cilities. Inshallah, there... Doval assured her say- ing: “I give you my word, you do not have to worry, it is the responsi- bility of the police, it is the responsibility of the government.” He also said he was there on the instructions of Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. One wedding,... Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot shared his con- dolencestothebereaved families and wished for speedy recovery of those who were injured in the incident. Gehlot also an- nounced a compensa- tion of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the de- ceased. Prime Minister Nar- endra Modi, BJP Na- tional Vice President Om Mathur and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot also tweeted to express grief on the death of passen- gers. Bundi District Collec- tor Antar Singh Nehra told PTI that the 24 peo- ple who died include 11 women, 10 men and three children while a woman and a minor girl were among the five in- jured. He said three of the injured are in a state of trauma and have been sent to a hospital in Kota for treatment. Two of the injured were discharged after receiving treatment, Nehra further said. After being dis- charged, the two per- sons claimed that the bus lost control as one of the wheels came off, the collector quoted them as saying. FROM PG 1 LOST LIVES EC BRIEFS ON POLL PROCESS ALL SMILES: A ten-member parliamentary delegation from Sweden led by Kerin Enstrom, MP & Chair of the Committee on the Constitution visited ECI on Wednesday for a briefing on the Indian election process. The delegation met the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra during the visit. AMC Commissioner Vijay Nehra Former IPS officer DG Vanzara First India News Ahmedabad: Law and order seem to be re- turning to Khambhat, with 96 people being arrested in connec- tion with clashes in the town over the past three days. The tight security arrangements made to restore peace in the town have shown results, with several shops resuming busi- ness on Wednesday. Anand district’s SP Ajit Rajiyan said, “We have deployed police in various parts of Khambhat. Strict ac- tion will be taken against those respon- sible for any unrest. More than 90 accused have been arrested and the town is slow- ly returning to nor- mal.’ Seven FIRs have been registered since Sunday, including one against former BJP MLA Sanjay Patel, members of the Hindu Jagran Manch and some local councillors, the police said. Sanjay Patel has not been ar- rested. He and others have been accused of making provocative speeches at the rally held near Gawara Tow- er on Tuesday. Tensions had flared up on Tuesday amid the bandh call given by some Hindu outfits, leading to incidents of arson. However, no un- toward incidents were reported on Wednesday. Inspector DS Gohil said, “A tight security cover is currently be- ing implemented. Eve- rything is under con- trol.” He added: “We have filed seven riot- ing offences. A case of attempted murder has also been registered against 24 people, who were arrested for the attack on police per- sonnel near Khajakhaji Lake. Two offences have been registered for spread- ing rumours. We are still ascertaining the reason for the clashes so more people are likely to be arrested.” 96 PEOPLE SENT BEHIND BARS KHAMBHAT CLASHES
  • 11. A lia Bhatt will be seen play- ing the lead role in ‘Hindi Medium’ fame director Saket Chaudhary’s up- coming social drama. According to the reports, the movie will deliver a hard- hitting message in a humourous way. “Saket has been working on the script for a while now. He was keen on casting Alia, who liked the script and has given her nod. She is expected to sign on the dotted line shortly. Meanwhile, the hunt for the leading man is still on. The team will final- ise the shooting sched- ule once the entire cast is locked,” a source said. Thehe film will be pro- duced by Sajid Nadiad- wala and will make Alia’s fourth collaboration with him. She has earlier col- laborated with Sajid on films like High- way, 2 States and Kalank. On the other hand, Alia Bhatt has her hands full with films. She will besoonseeninAyan Mukerji’s ‘Brah- mastra’, which will finally release on December 4 this year. —IANS nubhav Sinha’s directorial ‘Thap- pad’ is all set to hit the screens later this week. Thappad has been the talk of the town and has re- ceived wide appreciation from all across. In a new development, the movie has been declared tax free ahead of its release in the states of Delhi and Madhya Pradesh. The film was ex- empted from SGST in view of its subject and message. The makers of Thappad held special screenings in different states namely, Del- hi, Bhopal and Jaipur where the audiences were all praise for it and hailed it as the most important film of the year. In view of such a thunderous response, the announce- ment acts a catalyst to take the narrative forward where its dialogue, “Thappad- Bass Itni Si Baat?” is standing synonymous to Pink’s “No, means no”. —Agency THE TALK OF THE TOWNTHE TALK OF THE TOWN A AHMEDABAD, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2020 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia 11 B’TOWN QUICKIE! Disha Patani shared a sneak peek of a new song from ‘Baaghi 3’ on her Instagram handle, captioning it as, “Own the dance floor and get ready to move with some sass as another fire track is about to drop.” Amitabh Bachchan shared a series of pictures from the shooting site of their upcoming film ‘Brahmastra’, terming Ranbir Kapoor as one of his favourites. The rom-com ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’ completed 26 years of release, and SRK’s co-star Suchitra became emotional while reminiscing the film’s journey. Singer Ankit Tiwari and Mahesh Bhatt celebrated Pooja Bhatt’s birthday, with an adorable cake. CITY FIRST U S President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made multiple visits to Delhi including the ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan where President Ram Nath Kovind hosted a special dinner for his US counterpart. For the occasion, Melania opted for a pink floor-length gown, giving an interesting tribute to the Indian sartorial staple - the saree. Mela- nia accessorized the outfit with intricately designed gold chandelier earrings from Am- rapali Jewels and a pair of pink and silver kitten heels. “We feel a sense of pride to be seen and worn by such an influential and powerful woman; Amra- pali is a brand that comes straight from our heritage and we are really pleased to know that we are being rec- ognised on such a global scale,” says Rajiv Arora, Co-founder, Amra- pali Jewels. cityfirst@firstindia.co.in Supermodel Deepti Gujral will be hosting ‘The Fashion Connect Season 7’, with beauty and elegance on 19 March at Hotel Clarks Amer Jaipur. Watch this space for updates on TFC7. TFC SEASON7 Melania Trump wearing the gold chandelier earrings by Amrapali Jewels DRAMA QUEEN ALIA BHATT Taapsee Pannu Poster of the film Alia Bhatt Saket Chaudhary THE ROYAL JEWEL
  • 12. 12 HOLLYWOODAHMEDABAD | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia FACEOFTHEDAY MUSKAN BOTHRA, Lifestyle Blogger ‘I DESERVE SOMEONE AMAZING’ocialite Paris Hilton does not regret breaking her en- gagement to Chris Zylka in 2018. She calls it the ‘best decision’ that she ever made. Speaking of the split, Hilton said: “No. It was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. I just don’t think (he) was the right person. I feel like I’m an incredible wom- an and I deserve someone so amazing. I just didn’t feel right. I’ve worked way too hard to just give my life to someone. They have to be perfect.” Hilton dated Zylka for two years. She said she was loving her single life because she did not want to have ‘someone controlling me’. She added that dating ‘certain people’ increased the risk of ‘not trusting them’ and implied that if she went away, she fears they would ‘do something to embarrass me’. The former couple ended their engagement in November 2018, only 10 months after he proposed Hilton with a $2 million ring. —IANS S YOUR DAYHoroscope by Saurabbh Sachdeva IF IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY You will feel energetic, reinvigorated and will adopt a new fitness regime. You are working in the right direction and you will soon achieve your desired results. Be compassionate and kind. LEO JULY 24 - AUGUST 23 Do not leave any stone unturned in working hard academically. Any negligence in studies may lead to situation getting out of hands. Focus on improving your financial skills. With changes in the season, take full care of your health and take all necessary measures. LIBRA SEPT 24 - OCTOBER 22 You will receive a financial boost in form of salary increment or getting money back from the borrower. Your ability to handle issues at hand will get you recognized professionally. Being a supporting hand for your spouse will bring lot of happiness. ARIES MAR 21 - APR 20 Work hard to overcome any weakness and short comings for getting good academic results. You may move to a new residence. You may get attracted to someone totally opposite which can also turn into a romantic relationship. You will be praised for your efforts by your parents. SAGITTARIUS NOV 23 - DEC 22 Taking care of an elderly, loving them and giving them time will not only bring you recognition but will also bring you blessings. With efforts even the impossible will become possible. Explore your self by exerting and paying more attention in the class. Business man/woman can expect more profits. GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 21 Set a goal and move in the direction of achieving it. At workplace everyone will be awestruck by your performance and exceptional deliverance of some assignment. Academically stay alert, don’t fall for any negative suggestions given by your competitor. AQUARIUS JAN 21 - FEB 19 Now is the time to prove your metal in the field that you have chosen for yourself and you are destined to leave your mark. You will get full family support and they are behind you in all your endeavours. Any journey or business trip towards east will be fruitful. TAURUS APR 21 - MAY 20 Enjoy quality time with you friends and family. You may also go on a trip with them. Todays is your day for romance. Stars are supporting you, go ahead on a date and express yourself. Be compassionate and kind with words while handling any sensitive issues in family. CAPRICORN DEC 23 - JAN 20 To reach your desired goal, focus on the teamwork and good management skills. Avoid being strong headed in sensitive matters. Give your hundred percent in impressing the job interviewer. No point of retaliating incase someone tries to hurt you. VIRGO AUG 24 - SEP 23 Prepare well and in advance if you want to move mountains in a new and a totally different field of work. Someone in your surrounding will make you smile and their words will change your opinion towards something or someone for good. You may go on a long journey. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 23 Invest your time in making things work that have been given up by your co workers, as this will help you in getting noticed. Academically you could be appreciated for coming up with new ideas. You will receive a thumbs up for the different pattern of thinking. PISCES FEB20 - MARCH 20 Your plan for business expansion will go as smoothly as planned by you. Your childhood memories will come live as you are likely to spend quality time with someone important from that time. Your family elder requires your love and time. Keep yourself motivated. SCORPIO OCT 23 - NOVEMBER 22 You will feel confident and you will feel secure in terms of money. Someone new has entered your life and you will go out of way to express your love for the one. You will enjoy the company of friends and may go on a trip with them. Your lover will keep you entertained today. A merican media personality Kylie Jenner is considering bringing back the reality show ‘Life of Ky- lie’ for a new season. On February 22, Jenner tweeted, “What show should I start?” and one of the fans re- plied with a GIF, “Start shooting season 2 of Life of Kylie.” To which the ‘Keeping Up With the Kar- dashians’ star retweeted the GIF, and said, “Should I really?” Airing in August 2017, ‘Life of Kylie’ was a reality TV show that followed the life of beauty mogul Kylie Jenner and her famous friends. In September 2017, the TV show didn’t last and came to an abrupt end after only being on for one month. —ANI Meghan’s father slams her and Prince Harry T homas Markle has never been fond of his daughter Meghan Markle since she got married in 2018 and now he is slamming his daughter’s actions in the public eye. Thomas said, “I’m very upset with Meghan and Harry right now. I don’t think they have a right to use the word ‘roy- al’.” He further added that he does not ap- preciate the couple’s communication with Queen Elizabeth and said, “I don’t think they have a right to speak to the queen the way they’re talking to her. I think it’s an insult to the queen and to the British people. My daughter dumped me and my family one day before she got married and now she’s dump- ing the British family.” Thomas and Meghan have not been on good terms since Meghan stepped into the royal family. —Agency Kylie may bring back reality show ‘Life of Kylie’ T he much-anticipated reality TV show ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ is officially returning in a month. On Tuesday, a source announced that the famous family’s long-running re- ality show is moving to Thursday nights instead of Sundays, with season 18 set to premiere on March 26. The announcement was accompa- nied by a sneak peek that shows ten- sions between Kourtney Kardashian and her sisters Kim Kardashian West and Khloe Kardashian, which only seemed to get worse since the last season. In one scene, Khloe demands, “Why do you have to have an attitude?” to which Kourtney replied, “Just don’t involve yourself in busi- ness that is not yours.” Khloe fired back, and said, “Then don’t talk about it in front of me.” In another scene, Kendall Jenner gets dragged into the drama, however, it’s still unclear whose side she’s on. She said, “She can’t sit back and just be like, ‘All right, I was wrong.” At last, the clip teases a shocking confron- tation between Kourt- ney and Kim. Angrily waving her finger in Kim’s face, then chucking boxed wa- ter at her, Kourtney yells, “You have nothing to say.” Kim warns and lunges at her, “Don’t ever come at me like that.” In season 17, the three sis- ters feuded at length throughout over Kourtney’s “boundaries” as she refused to film aspects of her personal life, forcing Kim and Khloe to “pick up the slack.” At one point, Kim even threat- ened to fire Kourtney. However sources informed that it isn’t tech- nically possible since the Kardashi- an sisters are equal-level executive producers. —ANI KIM POUNCES AT KOURTNEY IN ‘KUWTK’ Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Kylie Jenner Kim Kardashian Paris Hilton