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  1. www.firstindia.co.in www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai twitter.com/thefirstindia facebook.com/thefirstindia instagram.com/thefirstindia MUMBAI l SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023 l Pages 12 l 3.00 RNI TITLE NO. MAHENG/2022/14652 l Vol 1 l Issue No. 275 OUR EDITIONS: JAIPUR & MUMBAI India reforming out of conviction, not out of compulsion: PM Modi Lucknow (ANI): High- lighting the country’s development strides and investment-friend- ly environment and pointing out that UP is leading the growth of the country, Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi on Friday said that India is reforming not out of compulsion, but out of conviction. If India is the bright spot in the world and then UP is leading the growth of the country, he said. Avinash Vidyarthi Lucknow: Praising Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi’s handiwork in taking nation ahead over past nine years, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) manag- ing director Mukesh Ambani stated on Fri- day at the UP Global Investors’ Summit 2023 that a bold New India is taking shape ‘Guided by your vi- sion, and driven by your laser-sharp focus on execution. An India which will fulfil the as- pirations of its 1.4 bil- lion citizens. Modi ji, you have aptly said that India has now en- tered its Amrit Kaal.’ Stressing that the nation is changing vis- a-vis the rural-urban divide, and that Uttar Pradesh is a “shining example” of this, the billionaire business- man announced that RIL will invest ₹75,000 crore in the next four years in rolling out 5G mobile telephony ser- vices, expanding retail networks, and estab- lishing renewable en- ergy capacity in Uttar Pradesh. “Till now we have invested Rs 50,000 crores in UP and our investments have gen- erated over 80,000 di- rect and indirect jobs in the state. Today , I am happy to announce that we plan to invest an additional Rs. 75,000 crore which will create over 1 lakh jobs in the state,” he said. FATE OF UTTAR PRADESH CHANGES WITH INVESTMENTS, JOBS & PRAISES ‘`75Kcrinvestment,1LjobsinUP’ New Delhi: Almost six weeks after intro- ducing pre-boarding RT-PCR tests for pas- sengers from six countries, the Union Health Ministry said the restrictions would be done away with from February 13 owing to a declin- ing trend in Covid-19 cases. The government had made it manda- tory for travellers from China, Singa- pore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thai- land and Japan to upload a negative RT-PCR test, done not more than 72 hours before the journey, on the Air Suvidha portal. “As has been wit- nessed in the last 4 weeks, these coun- tries are witnessing a sustained and signifi- cant decline in the trajectoryof Covid-19 cases… In view of the above, this ministry is …dropping the ex- isting requirements of pre-departure Cov- id-19 testing and up- loading of self-health declaration on Minis- try of Civil Aviation’s ‘Air Suvidha’ portal applicable for inter- national travellers coming from/ via China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Japan,” a letter from Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan to Civil Avi- ation Secretary Rajiv Bansal said. COVID CURB: UNION MIN EASES RESTRICTIONS FROM MUMBAI TO SHIRDI AND SOLAPUR PM Modi flags off Vande Bharat Express trains Kartikey Dev Singh Mumbai: Prime Minis- ter Narendra Modi on Friday flagged off two Vande Bharat trains from Mumbai to Shirdi and Solapur. At an event at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in south Mumbai, Modi first flagged off the the CSMT-Solapur Vande Bharat Express and later another semi high- speed train linking the financial capital to Sainagar Shirdi temple town in Ahmednagar district. The Mumbai-Solapur Vande Bharat Express will cover the 455 km distance between Mum- bai and the textile city in 6 hours and 30 min- utes, a saving of nearly one hour in current timings. PM Modi waves at the Vande Bharat train as it starts its maiden journey from Mumbai. Also seen are Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Narayan Rane. —AGENCIES Will cover 455 km distance between Mumbai-textile city in 6.30 hours Rajya Sabha adjourned amid disruption by Opposition First India Bureau New Delhi: Rajya Sab- ha was adjourned on Thursday, soon after Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi delivered his reply to the motion of thanks to the Presi- dent’s speech. Slogan- eering by Opposition members for joint par- liamentary committee to look into the Adani group, which began as Modi began his ad- dress to the House, continued through his speech and the budget debate. It was accompanied by sloganeering by members of the Treas- ury bench in support of the Prime Minister as the budget discussion began. Chairman Rajya Sabha Jagdeep Dhankhar took stern note of the matter say- ing: “Disorder in the House can never be wholesome. The disor- der which we had when the honourable Prime Minister addressed us was most unfortunate. But any disorder by way of reaction is also not appropriate. I don’t have to say it every time that if I am on my legs what has to be the conduct of the Mem- bers. On 7th December, it was after deep prepa- ration and a serious thought process of sev- eral months that I said that as the House of Elders, the Upper House, we have to send a message… the kind of message that we are sending will put us to shame.” Dhankhar then asked the Leader of the Oppo- sition and floor leaders to meet him in his chamber, adjourning the session till 5.15 pm. Was accompanied by sloganeering by Treasury bench in support of PM New Delhi: The Union Budget has failed to address issues of unemployment, poverty and inflation, even as allocation for welfare schemes stands slashed, Opposition said during a debate on the Budget in LS. Some MPs also raised the Adani issue. “Words such as unemployment, poverty and inflation are absent from the Budget. The new tax regime is riddled with conditions, but the richest, with over Rs5 crore annual income, have been given tax relief,” Congress’s Amar Singh said. OPPN PANS BUDGETS, SAYS IT FAILS ON MANY FRONTS, CRITICISM REJECTED New Delhi: Dubbing the Union Budget “exclusion- ary”, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury alleged that the minorities have been “brutally discriminated” against in the allocations and that many view it as part of a series of Islam- ophobic policy decisions by the government.Con- cluding a discussion on the budget, Chowdhury also asked the government to answer questions raised in the US-based short seller Hindenburg Research’s report on Gautam Adani’s companies. OPPN POINTS TO BUDGET CUT FOR MINORITIES, ALLEGES DISCRIMINATION MISSION AFTER SECOND SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT, SSLV JOINS ISRO’S FLEET OF THREE ROCKETS First India Bureau New Delhi: The Indian SpaceResearchOrgani- sation (ISRO)today suc- c e s s f u l l y launched the small rocket, Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV-D2) from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The SSLV-D2 was carrying three satellites. The six- and-a-half hours’ countdown for the launch of SS- LV-D2 (D-Develop- mental flight number 2) began at 2.48 a.m. today and took off at 9.18 a.m. from the first launchpad at Sriharikota. The SSLV rocket was carrying ISRO’s Earth Observation Satellite - EOS-07,Janus-1belong- ing to ANTARIS of the US and AzaadiSat-2 be- longing to Space Kidz India, Chen- nai. The ISRO has developed SSLV with a carrying capacity of 550 kg to the Low Earth Orbit(LEO)based on the market trend of going in for smaller satel- lites. It is config- ured with three solid propulsion stages and a ve- locity terminal module, ISRO said. ACCOMPLISHED! GOVT NOD TO ORDINANCE To bring India’s strictest anti-cheating law:Dhami First India Bureau Dehradun:Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Thurs- day said his government has given its nod to an ordinance to bring the country’s “strictest anti- cheating law” to make recruitment exams transparent and fair for all candidates in the state. The announcement was made hours after Ut- tarakhandPoliceresorted to lathicharge on the youth protesting against recruitment scams and paper leak cases in the state. They were protest- ing outside the busy Gan- dhi Park in Dehradun in the afternoon. He appealed to the pro- testing youth to not be misled by anyone, as his government is fully aware of their welfare, and“unlikepreviousgov- ernment, it has not tried tohideanyof therecruit- ment scams,” he said. As per the promise made to the youth, our government has decided to bring the coun- try’s strictest anti-cheating law. After giving my permission to the ordinance concerned, I have sent it for further action. We will not let cheating ma- fia play with the future of students. Pushkar Singh Dhami @pushkardhami ADANI-HINDENBURG ROW Strengthening regulatory framework: SC seeks views First India Bureau New Delhi: Hearing petitions for enquiry into findings of the Hindenburg Research report, the Supreme Court Friday asked the central govern- ment and the Securi- ties and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to suggest measures to protect Indian inves- tors in the future. The court took note of loss- es suffered by Indian investors running into several lakh crores owing to the fall in share prices of Adani Group companies in the face of allegations. A bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI)D.Y.Chandrachud and Justices P .S. Nar- asimha and J.B. Pardi- wala said, “It is said total loss by Indian in- vestors is several lakh crores….How do we ensuretheyareprotect- ed? How do we ensure that this does not hap- peninfuture.Whatrole shouldbeenvisagedfor SEBI in future?” The court also ex- pressed concerns over “ensuring that regula- tory mechanism with- in the country is duly strengthened so that Indian investors are protected against sud- den volatility which has been witnessed in recent 2 weeks.”It then directed SEBI to file a detailed response on how a more robust mechanism can be put in place”. The SC asked Centre and the Securities Exchange Board of India to suggest measures Almost six weeks after introducing pre-boarding RT- PCR tests for passengers from six countries Reliance Industries Limited’s managing director Mukesh Ambani PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the UP Global Investors Summit ’23, in Lucknow on Friday. UP Guv Anandiben Patel, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and State CM Yogi Adityanath are also seen here. z The Uttar Pradesh Global Investors Sum- mit 2023 is being held from February 10-12. z It is the flagship investment summit of the Uttar Pradesh government. z UP receives investment propos- als of Rs 32.92 lakh crores through GIS roadshows: CM Yogi Adityanath FLAGSHIP SUMMIT ‘BUDGET HAS STRENGTHENED MIDDLE CLASS’ Mumbai: PM Narendra Modi said this year’s Union Budget has strengthened the middle class and given more relief than was given by the UPA regime.For income on which the UPA government imposed as much as 20% tax, this budget has zero tax, Modi said, after flagging off two Vande Bharat trains. “Be it the salaried class or the middle class earning from trade and commerce, this Budget has made them happy,” the PM said. ‘OUR GOVT CAME DUE TO YOUR BLESSINGS’ RAILWAY MINISTER THANKS PM MODI Mumbai: Maha CM Shinde Friday lauded PM Modi for top- ping ‘International leaders index’ and thanked him for huge allocation to Maharashtra Railway in Budget 2023. “It is for the first time that Maharashtra Railway was allocated 13,000 crore in budget.” Shinde said. “In India’s history, for first time so many highways were never constructed ever before. It is for the first time in last 5-6 years these many highways are being taken up including in Maharashtra,” he added. Eknath Shinde told Modi, “Our government of six-seven months has been formed in the state only with your bless- ings. Because of you, the government came to power.” Mumbai: Ashwini Vaishnaw, the minister of Indian Railways, praised Prime Minister Modi for launching two Vande Bharat trains. “Thanks to PM Modi for giving a gift to the residents of Mumbai, Pune, Nashik devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba Trimbakeshwar,” said the Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on PM Modi to flag off 2 Vande Bharat trains in Mumbai on Friday.
  2. NEWS MUMBAI | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023 02 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia First India Bureau Mumbai: Since the gov- ernment led by Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis came to power, the discussion of cabi- net expansion is on. Along with that, the ministerial post of Bachhu Kadu, an inde- pendentMLAof thePra- har organization, is also being discussed. Kadu has often expressed his desire for a ministerial position and public dis- pleasure of not getting it. Once again, Kadu has come into the limelight for his statement. Kaduhasclaimedthat at least 20 to 25 MLAs will split in the state in the next 15 days. “There is no reason for the gov- ernment to fall. Govern- ment is not in majority but in the super majori- ty . That means, even if there are 20 to 25 MLAs here and there, the gov- ernment will complete itstenure.Thereisapos- sibility that some MLAs from other parties will come to us,” said Kadu. “The extension of the cabinet is delayed due to the date given by the court and the joining of the MLAs. 10 to 15 MLAs are likely to split. There is a possibility that these MLAs will join the party in the next 15 days, before the session. The Thackeray group currently has no MLAs left. Because of this, MLAs from other parties will also come to us, claimed Kadu. No reason to discuss anyone’s statement: Nana MLAs will come to us: Remark by Kadu that fueled controversy First India Bureau Mumbai: Thackeray group and NCP leaders are constantly claiming that the Shinde-Fad- navis government in the state can collapse at any moment and will not complete its tenure. Now, reacting over remarks made by Bac- chu Kadu recently, Ma- harashtra Congress state president Nana Patole has said. “I have no reason to discuss anyone’s statement. Even when Rahul Gan- dhi’s march came to Maharashtra, some people tried to spoil it. Therefore, there is no reason to discuss such a statement,” said Patole. Recently, MLA Bac- chu Kadu of the Pra- har organization, which supports the Shinde faction, made a big statement. Kadu stated that 10 to 15 MLAs of Mahavikas Aghadi will split in the next 15 days. ‘Even when Rahul Gandhi came to Maha, some people tried to spoil the visit’ Raut slams Bachhu over his remarks, attacks PM First India Bureau Mumbai: Speaking to the media on Friday, Sanjay Raut, MP and spokesperson of the Thackeray group, has reacted harshly to the statement made by Bachhu Kadu on Thurs- day. “No need to pay at- tention to who is saying what. Mostly I know some BJP MLAs are en- tering. The information about Bacchu Kadu is correct,” said Raut. While criticizing Kadu’s statement, Raut also targeted BJP lead- ers in the state on the occasion of Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mumbai. “The Prime Minister fre- quently visits Mumbai, goes to Karnataka. Where there are elec- tions, the Prime Minis- ter often goes. This means that the local BJP leaders are very weak,” added Raut. First India Bureau Mumbai: Congress state working president MLA Praniti Shinde has asked, who is MLA Rohit Pawar, who made a statement regarding the Solapur Lok Sabha seat? Shinde also said that since he is a first- time MLA, he may still have some youth left in him. After some more time, he might become complacent. As Shin- de’s statement is against NCP, it is pre- dicted that the conflict between the two Con- gresses will come to the fore in Solapur. Recently, MLA Rohit Pawar also made a statement during his visit to Solapur that de- cision of who should contest the Solapur Lok Sabha seat will be taken in the meeting of Maha- vikas Aghadi. On the other hand, ex-Mayor Mahesh Kothe has said that Congress city pres- ident Chetan Narote shouldavoidstatements that will land senior leader Sushilkumar Shinde in trouble. Chal- lenging Sharad Pawar’s family and demanding the Baramati Lok Sab- ha seat may not be a problem for Narote but for Sushilkumar Shin- de. Congress leader Su- shil Kumar Shinde has lost twice in a row in Solapur Lok Sabha re- served constituency elections. Therefore, in coming Lok Sabha elec- tions, Congress is de- manding that reserved seat of Solapur should be given to the NCP without contesting at the local level. ‘In Raj Thackeray, we see Hindu emperor in real sense’ First India Bureau Mumbai: The discus- sions are doing rounds about what role exactly will MNS president Raj Thackeray and Maha- rashtra Navnirman Sena take in the upcom- ing Chinchwad and Kasba by-elections. Meanwhile, MNS has started building a strong front in view of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections. Predictions are also be- ing made about Raj Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya. On Friday, Maa Kanchangiri visit- ed Raj Thackeray at his Krishnakunj residence. Speaking to the media after the meeting, she talked about Raj Thack- eray’s Ayodhya visit. Speaking on this oc- casion, Maa Kanchang- iri likened Raj Thack- eray to a ‘Hindu Emper- or’. “I inquired about his health as he under- went surgery on his knee. Today, in Raj Thackeray , we see a Hin- du emperor in a real sense,” she said. “Raj Thackeray will definitely go to Ayod- hya. He could not reach Ayodhya as his health was not good. Now prep- arations to visit Ayod- hya will begin and you will get news very soon that he is visiting Ayod- hya. Ramlalla belongs to everyone. So there will be no problem in Raj coming to Ayodhya,” said Maa Kanchangiri. On the one hand, the challenge given to Raj Thackeray by Pravin To- gadia, president of An- tarrashtriya Hindu Par- ishad, on the issue of Azaan becoming a topic of discussion. “At pre- sent, the government of Raj Thackeray’s friends has come to power. Now when are you going to protest and stop the Azaan? During govern- ment of Uddhav Thack- eray, our royal brothers came to field. Now Raj Thackeray should enter the field even in the state of Eknath Shinde and Devendra bhau,” said Togadia. Mumbai: A man was arrested in the Palghar district of the state, allegedly with mephedrone (MDMA) worth Rs16.60 lakh, a police official said on Friday. “We found 83 grams of mephedrone worth Rs 16.60 lakh with him. He has been charged under Narcotic Drugs and Psycho- tropic Substances (NDPS) Act,” the official said. The police have also seized the mephedrone as evidence in the case. The accused is currently in police custody. Mumbai: The Customs department has seized gold and foreign currency worth crores from different passengers at the Mumbai airport, officials said. According to officials, the department seized 2.8-ki- logram gold worth Rs1.44 crore from the possession of three passengers com- ing from Sharjah, Bahrain and Dubai. Officials also nabbed two other persons carrying Arab Emirates Dirham (AED) 90,000 and USD 90,000. Mumbai: A fire broke out in the Life Insurance Corpora- tion office in Girgaon, south Mumbai on late Thursday night. According to an official, the fire started in the second-floor office of LIC in the Marina Mansion building. Fire brigade per- sonnel were immediately called to the spot and the fire was doused within 15 minutes. No injuries were reported due to the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. MAN HELD WITH MEPHEDRONE WORTH `16.60 LAKH GOLD, FOREIGN CURRENCY SEIZED AT MUM AIRPORT FIRE BREAKS OUT IN LIC OFFICE, NO ONE REPORTED HURT CRUCIAL READ Maa Kanchangiri visited Raj Thackeray at his Krishnakunj residence; speaking to the media recently, she talked about his visit to Ayodhya Maa Kanchangiri visited Raj Thackeray at his residence. ‘Cannot conduct breathalyser test by force’ First India Bureau Mumbai: A Sessions Court in Mumbai de- clared that a breatha- lyser test, which is con- ducted by traffic police to determine if a driver has consumed alcohol, cannot be done by force. This was in regards to a man who was riding pil- lion on a bike and was charged with assault- ing a traffic police of- ficer after he refused to take the test. The man was acquitted. The court ruled that since the motorcyclist was not intoxicated, the authorities had no cause to require the passenger to take the alcohol test. “It is admitted by PW-1 (traffic constable) in his evidence that Breath Analyzer Test is to be conducted on the driver of the vehicle and if test is found to be positive then action is taken against the driver. There is nothing on record to indicate as to what prompted PW-1 to raise suspicion about the accused be- ing in drunken condi- tion.” the court said in its order. The court further added that there was no material with them to indicate that the ac- cused was found under the influence of liquor. Breath Analyzer Test cannot be conducted by force. Since driver was not found under the in- fluence of liquor, there was no reason for PW-1 to ask accused to sub- ject himself to the test. It also said that the police had not pro- duced any evidence on the alleged assault or given any details of the alleged abuses uttered by the accused, clear- ing him of the other charges. Who is Rohit Pawar? Praniti Shinde asks Since he is a first-time MLA, he may still have some youth left in him ‘Uddhav requested Kalate to withdraw’ First India Bureau Mumbai: Bypolls are being held on the vacant seat of Pimpri Chinch- wad after the demise of MLA Laxman Jagtap and Nana Kate has been nominated by Mahavi- kasAghadiforthesame. On the other hand, Thackeray group leader Rahul Kalate has filed an independent candi- dature. Meanwhile, the Thackeray group is lob- bying Kalate to with- draw his candidature. In connection with this, Thackeray faction lead- er Sachin Ahir met Ra- hul Kalate on Friday . After the meeting, Ahir interacted with the media and said, “Uddhav Thackeray has said that Rahul Kalate should withdraw from the elections, he will get political help from the Mahavikas Aghadi in the future. Uddhav has requested him to withdraw.” On the other hand, Kalate said that he cannot make a decision alone, but will announce the decision after discuss- ing it with the activists. Speaking over this, Kalate said that I am de- termined to contest the election. “I contested from Chinchwad as- sembly in 2019. No one thought of contesting independent elections then. If NCP gives the Chinchwad assembly bypolls unopposed, I will also consider it,” said Kalate. ModihascloserelationswithAdani,BJP gotalotofmoneyinlast20yrs:Congress First India Bureau Mumbai: Congress has alleged that in- dustrialist Gautam Adani and Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi have a close relation- ship. Also, Adani has given a lot of money to BJP in the last 20 years. As soon as PM Modi stood up for his speech on Thursday, the Opposition raised slogans. Despite that, Modi continued his speech. But after speaking for more than an hour, he did not comment on the allegations made by Congress. While speaking to the media on Friday, state Congress chief Nana Patole said that Modi should answer the questions asked by Congress MP Ra- hul Gandhi. When asked about PM Modi’s Mumbai visit, Patole said, “If Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to Ma- harashtra, it is a mat- ter of happiness for us. But during the last visit, I made him aware of the issues in Maharashtra. Now, our leader Rahul Gan- dhi has asked some questions in the Lok Sabha. Your relation- ship with the Adani group, how many con- tracts did you give them? How many tours were with you? How many times have they been with you be- fore? Such questions were asked of him. But he did not answer these questions.” “He does not speak in Lok Sabha, but out- side he says Mann ki Baat. He says that 140 crore people are with me. Then why are all the people in this coun- try who have deposited money in LIC, Banks, are scared and con- fused? Modi has not been able to answer the question asked by Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha,” criticized Patole. He is not ready to talk about farmers’ suicide, unemployment, or inflation. If he is coming to Mumbai, he is welcome. But he should give answers to the questions of farmers of Maharash- tra, how to reduce unemployment and inflation? —Nana Patole, Maha state Congress chief Nana Patole opened front against PM Narendra Modi Rahul Kalate MLA Praniti Shinde Sanjay Raut Bachu Kadu I have no reason to discuss anyone’s statement. Even when Rahul Gandhi’s march came to Maharashtra, some people tried to spoil it. Therefore, there is no reason to discuss such a statement. —Nana Patole, Congress state president
  3. MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023 03 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Designs of 4 bullet train stations unveiled First India Bureau Mumbai: The designs of Bandra Kurla Com- plex (BKC), Thane, Vi- rar and Boisar, falling on the Mumbai- Ahmedabad High- Speed Rail Corridor (MAHSR), popularly known as bullet train project, were recently unveiled. After a few graphics that have been released earlier, now the entire design set is out. BKC station is inspired by clouds and tides of the Arabi- an sea. On Thursday, two bidders, Afcons Infra- structure and Larsen Toubro submitted bids for the construction of a 21-km-long tunnel, in- cluding India’s first 7-km-long undersea tunnel, for the project. On Thursday, the Bom- bay High Court dis- missed a plea filed by Godrej Boyce Manu- facturing Company, challenging the firm being awarded Rs264 crore in compensation by the state govern- ment for acquiring its land for the proposed project. The Bandra Kurla Complex HSR station is the only under- ground station on the corridor. The platform is planned at a depth of about 24 metre from the ground level. It will have three lev- els—a platform, con- course and service floor. Two entry/exit points have been planned, one to facili- tate access to the near- by Metro station on Line 2B and the other towards the MTNL building. ONLY STATION Bandra Kurla Complex HSR station is the only underground station on the corridor. The platform is planned at a depth of about 24 metre from the ground level. It will have three levels—a platform, concourse and service floor. Two entry/exit points have been planned, one to facilitate access to the nearby Metro station on Line 2B and the other towards the MTNL building. The station has been planned in such a way that ample space is available for passenger movement. After a few graphics that have been released earlier, now the entire design set is out. BKC station is inspired by clouds and tides of the Arabian sea BEST’s new route for ease of travel for commuters First India Bureau Mumbai: From Febru- ary 13, the Brihanmum- bai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) will start a new bus route from Mira Road station to Dahisar metro sta- tion. According to au- thorities, the new route from Dahisar Check Naka-Kashimira-Sliv- erPark-JK Bank Marg-Mira Road rail- way station will help BEST bus commuters travel comfortably . The buses will run at the intervals of 15 min- utes. In conversation with mid-day.com, Lokesh Chandra, Gen- eral Manager of BEST, said there is no impact on the ridership of BEST after the opening of Metro Lines 2A and 7. “We are trying to make public transport more and more com- fortable and commut- er-friendly for the pas- sengers. Due to the change in public trans- port facilities, many people have shifted from their private mode of transport to public transport.” Chandra said, “In our case, BEST is more affordable for the pub- lic in comparison to a self-driven car, or even the shared taxi or auto. For the last mile con- nectivity, we have al- ready started five to six routes after getting suggestions from the commuters.” BEST is studying the suggestions to provide last-mile connectivity to the commuters who are using the Metro lines and then further travel by other public transport services to reach their final desti- nations. “We are look- ing at the new routes so that the commuters have an end-to-end com- fortable journey ,” Chan- dra said. BEST announced six routes on the metro lines. Although the over- all footfall is not high on alltheseroutes,however, it is expected to rise in coming months. Chan- dra said new routes take time to get footfall be- cause of lack of aware- ness. He said he is sure these routes will see an increaseinfootfallinthe coming months. Although the overall footfall is not high as of now, however, it is expected to rise in coming months Two 15-storey automatic car parking towers coming soon First India Bureau Mumbai: In order to reduce the difficulties faced by people of Mumbai, the Brihan- mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to build two new multi-level me- chanical public car parking facilities. To decongest public spaces, the BMC will be setting up two new car parking facilities, one in Central Mumbai and the other in South Mumbai. The Matunga facility in Central Mumbai will be equipped to facilitate 475 vehicles, while the Mumbadevi facility in South Mumbai will have the capacity to accommodate 546 vehicles. These facilities will consist of two 15-story parking towers, each equipped with a mecha- nized robotic system that operates via a digi- tal control room. There will be platforms on all floors to accommodate the vehicles. These spaces will not utilize existing road space and will be locat- ed inside building-like structures. Mumbai: The district consumer commission has ordered a partnership firm that offers logistic services to pay Rs66.53 lahks to an exporter, with an additional 9% interest, for having released a shipment of diamonds to a company without a release order. Furthermore, Rs70,000 was mandated to be paid for the mental suffering and legal expenses. The decision was made in response to a complaint filed by proprietor of Aashi Exports. Mumbai: Subhash Parab, a close confidant of Nirav Modi, was granted bail by a Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court. He was arrested in April 2022 in connection with the Punjab National Bank loan fraud case. The court noted that Parab was an employee of Fire Star International Private Ltd. and was not a signatory to any documents. The chargesheet has been filed and over 150 witnesses have been cited. Navi Mumbai: Unit two of the Crime Branch ap- prehended two suspects believed to be behind 13 robberies of elderly people. They would target senior citizens in isolated areas and threateningly take away their jewellery. The arrest not only solved at least 13 cases of fraud and robbery in different parts of the city but also put the seniors of Panvel in peace.The accused were identified as Naresh Vijaykumar Jaiswal and Babu Mancheka. FINE ON FIRM FOR DIAMONDS SENT WITHOUT ORDER LOAN FRAUD CASE: NIRAV MODI’S AIDE GETS BAIL TWO HELD IN 13 CASES FOR DUPING ELDERLIES CRUCIAL READ MHADAproposes3potentialprojects toboostrealestatebusinessinMumbai First India Bureau Mumbai: The Maha- rashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA) has suggest- ed to the state govern- ment, three major rede- velopment projects, which will significantly strengthen the real es- tate sector in the city. The housing body has suggested the cluster redevelopment of Ab- hyudaya Nagar at Kala- chowkie, Adarsh Nagar in Worli and the Bandra Reclamation layout. MHADA has pro- posed that bids be is- sued for the remodel- ling of these areas. With the government’s decision to redevelop Dharavi, it is likely that these three major pro- jects will be advanced. According to the sources, Dy Chief Min- ister Fadnavis was de- termined to remove bu- reaucratic obstacles to ensure the completion of projects that had been put off for a long time. Jitendra Awhad, for- mer Minister for Hous- ing said that he had ear- lier objected to the indi- vidual development of these buildings since it would be difficult to provide proper infra- structure facilities in terms of water supply, drainage, recreational facilities etc. “I had proposed clus- ter development of these colonies so that infrastructure could be upgraded uniformly. However, there was no consensus in the gov- ernment. In the case of Abhyudaya Nagar, the federation of housing societies of the lower- middle-class colony floated tenders and de- cided to award the con- tract to Keystone Reali- ty,” he said. Earlier, the proposal did not take off since the state gov- ernment insisted on the payment of stamp duty of over Rs180 crore. THE PROPOSAL It would cost BMC nearly `300 crore over the span of two years for the project to be completed Man in debt murders wife, commits suicide Mumbai(PTI): A man from Dadar killed his wife and then took his own life by consuming poison on Thursday, while their daughter was in college. The po- lice said he took the ex- treme step due to being overwhelmed by debt. A case of accidental death has been regis- tered and an investiga- tion is on into the mat- ter. The Dadar police found a suicide note along with the bodies at their home in Kesri Patrawala Chawl in Da- dar West this morning. Vinod Samjitkar(43), worked as a peon and his wife Shubhangi Samjitkar was a home- maker, said the police. Police suspect that Vi- nod first strangled his wife and then con- sumed poison, some- time before 11.30 am and after the daughter had left for college. “I had taken out many loans and was in im- mense debt. I killed my wife and am now tak- ing my own life, as I am unable to repay what I owe.” Vinod said in his suicide note, written in Hindi. The matter came to light after his wife’s brother could not get in touch with her over the phone NEW ROUTES
  4. PERSPECTIVE MUMBAI | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023 04 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia l Vol 1 l Issue No. 275 l RNI TITLE NO. MAHENG/2022/14652 Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Dangat Media Pvt Ltd, No.22, Dighe MIDC, Vishnu Nagar, TTC Industrial Area, Dighe, Navi Mumbai-400701. Published at Plot No. 3 Scheme C of Manglorean Garden Home, CHS Limited, Survey No. 5, 6C (Part) Ville Parle East, Mumbai 400057. Phone 022-46031417. Editor-In-Chief: DrJagdeesh Chandra Editor: Kartikey Dev Singh responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act RAJ CM ASHOK GEHLOT’S VOTER FRIENDLY BUDGET FULFILLING PROMISES hief Minister Ashok Gehlot presented his last budget be- fore the state goes to polls later this year. RidingonthisbudgetareGe- hlot’s, and that of Congress’, fortunes. Last year his budg- et was described as populist and there was suspense over how much more he would be abletooffertokeepvoterson his side for a fourth term as chief minister. With a fair chunk of the budget going towards the welfare of farmers and the poor, his spell may continue to charm voters from those sections. Free electricity to farmers up to 200 units and an LPG cylinder for Rs 500 under Ujjwala scheme may attract a frown from Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman but for Gehlot these allocations could prove to be a game changer. An estimated 76 lakh people will benefit from the Ujjwa- la scheme. Insurance scheme for livestock, inter- est free loans to farmers from co-operative banks subsidised housing loans for farmers point to the im- portance the government has given to agriculturists. As it has a Rs 19,000 crore inflation relief package for the masses hit hard by the rising prices. This will in- clude distribution of free food packets for the poor every month. The medical cover of Rs 25 lakh under the Chiranjeevi Health In- surance Scheme also tar- gets the poor for good reason. C WOMEN’S T20 WORLD CUP Looked at in totality, this year’s budget can be called a caring budget and helps the CM to approach his voters with confidence. How will voters respond and how will the state navigate its financial burden remains to be seen AFTERU-19 GLORY,WILLHARMANPREET COALSO TRIUMPHINSOUTHAFRICA? But once they negotiate the group stage, Harmanpreet and Co have the potential to dream big. Given the fine blend of youth and experience now, there’s no reason why the ‘Women in Blue’ can’t go all the way this time. Indian cricket fans will hope that South Africa proves lucky a second time. In 2007, Indian Men won the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa - and in 2023, the Women’s team could repeat the feat in the same country!! fter a glorious victory by the In- dian girls in the U-19 T20 World Cup barely a fortnight ago, it’s time for the senior girls to buck- le up for a new challenge. The Indian eves take on Pakistan in their first match of the T20 World Cup in South Africa on Sunday. The U-19 triumph was the first World Cup win in Indian Women’s cricket history. Now, the key question is whether the ‘Women in Blue’ can carry for- ward the momentum of the Un- der-19 victory to script history at the senior level and emerge as the best? No easy answers to this seem- ingly simple query. Though In- dia has been prominent in the chasing pack to end Australia’s dominance, achieving the same has remained elusive. Since the first edition in 2009, Australia have won five of the seven tour- naments, including the last two editions in 2018 and 2020. Inevi- tably, the Aussies are firm fa- vourites – their victory in the ODI World Cup last year, their gold medal at the Common- wealth Games and their Ashes win all testify how Australia have dominated women’s cricket in recent years. Despite the Aussie dominance, India, England and hosts South Africa are all harbouring hopes of clinching the World Cup title in the T20 showpiece event. While England have an experi- enced squad and the Proteas have the home advantage, Team India certainly seem like strong contenders. A great mix of youthful talent and experienced players makes the team full of potential. In Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, India has two of the finest stroke makers in the game today . If Shafali Ver- ma can live up to her full poten- tial, then former skipper Mithali Raj’s prediction that India’s chances of winning will depend largely on the top order’s form could easily come true. To clinch the World Cup, how- ever, besides the seasoned duo of Kaur and Mandhana, the others in the team also need to start fir- ing at their best. India has a strong core of young players. Ri- cha Ghosh, Renuka Singh, Sha- fali Verma and Jemimah Rodri- gues, could play a key role in making India look like a force to be reckoned with at this World Cup. In particular, one hopes the U19 World Cup-winning duo of Shafali Verma and Richa Ghosh will use the knowledge of South African conditions they have gained in playing the U-19 event to good use. Indian bowling though will be severely tested in this post-Jhu- lan Goswami era. It needs some major improvement as India will be fielding a relatively inexperi- enced pace unit barring veteran Shikha Pandey. The warm up matches have shown that spin- ners might be very useful in the conditions and as such India will be relying a lot on Deepti Shar- ma and Rajeshwari Gaikwad to do the job for them in the middle overs. Team India has had a rather successful run over the past 12 months. They won the Asia Cup beating Sri Lanka in the final and grabbed the Silver Medal at the Commonwealth Games last summer in England. Though they lost the home series against Australia 4-1, most games were closely fought affairs. What will give Team India the confidence to pull it off against the Aussies is the fact that Australia have lost just one T20 in the last 22 months and that defeat was in- flicted by India! Even in the Commonwealth Games final, Harmanpreet’s team nearly overcame the Aussies before narrowly losing by just 9 runs. India needs to begin convinc- ingly against Pakistan. Once they win the battle with tradi- tional rivals, they could get a big boost in confidence and momen- tum. They need to be careful as they are placed in a tough, tricky group which includes England, West Indies and Ireland, apart from Pakistan. While India was beaten by their arch rivals in the Asia Cup, they still have 10 wins out of 13 matches against Paki- stan. The group match against England will have some added spice given that their last match ended with a controversial ‘Mankad-ed’ wicket which sparked off a sharp war of words between the two sides. But once they negotiate the group stage, Harmanpreet and Co have the potential to dream big. Given the fine blend of youth and experience now, there’s no reason why the ‘Wom- en in Blue’ can’t go all the way this time. Indian cricket fans will hope that South Africa proves lucky a second time. In 2007, Indian Men won the inau- gural T20 World Cup in South Africa - and in 2023, the Women’s team could repeat the feat in the same country!! A SIDDHAARTH MAHAN The writer is a specialist on Sports and Cinema who works as an actor in the Hindi film industry TEAM NEEDS TO START FIRING AT THEIR BEST To clinch the World Cup, however, besides the seasoned duo of Kaur and Mandhana, the others in the team also need to start firing at their best. India has a strong core of young players. Richa Ghosh, Renuka Singh, Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodri- gues, could play a key role in making India look like a force to be reckoned with at this World Cup. AFTER A GLORIOUS VICTORY BY THE INDIAN GIRLS IN THE U-19 T20 WORLD CUP BARELY A FORTNIGHT AGO, IT’S TIME FOR THE SENIOR GIRLS TO BUCKLE UP FOR A NEW CHALLENGE. THE INDIAN EVES TAKE ON PAKISTAN IN THEIR FIRST MATCH OF THE T20 WORLD CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA ON SUNDAY
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  6. MUMBAI | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023 05 INDIA www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia New Delhi (ANI): Un- ion Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anu- rag Thakur on Friday inaugurated the third Khelo India Winter Games in Gulmarg. The third edition of the Kh- elo India Winter Games will be held from Febru- ary 10 to February 14. Talking to ANI Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said, “The third edition of Khelo India Winter Games is being inaugurated at our Jammu and Kashmir’s Gulmarg. More than 500 players from 29 states and union territories of the country have come.” Besides Union Minis- ter of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha along with high officials of the sports council and tour- ism department were also present during the inauguration. In the five-day-long event, 11 games will be organized that will wit- ness the performances of 1000 players across Jammu and Kashmir. Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Khelo India ini- tiatives Anurag Thakur said, “A large number of youths are showing their interest in playing sports as they are get- ting a proper platform to show their talent. Kh- elo India has given a platform to thousands of young players.” A platform to thousands of young players: Thakur KHELO INDIA WINTER GAMES 3RD EDITION New Delhi (ANI): Con- gress President Mall- ikarjun Kharge on Fri- day said that the speeches given by Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi in both Hous- es of Parliament were normal speeches and said that the govern- ment did not answer questions raised of the opposition. Congress President termed the Prime Min- ister’s speech in both Houses of Parliament as an everyday speech and said that the gov- ernment is arrogant and is not answering important questions like inflation, unem- ploymentorthoseposed on the Adani row. He said that the val- ue of the Rupee is con- tinuously falling, 71,000 primary schools are be- ing closed and the num- ber of private educa- tional institutions are increasing all over the country and the Prime Minister is not giving any answers. The Leader of Oppo- sition in the Rajya Sab- ha said that arrogance of the Prime Minister is reflected in the state- ment that only he can save the country . PM Modi has not answered any Opposition questions: Cong chief Kharge termed PM’s speech in Parl as general and accused the govt of being arrogant Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge speaks during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday. —PHOTO BY ANI Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur with young participants during the opening ceremony of Khelo India National Winter Games. New Delhi (PTI): The Congress and some other opposition MPs in Rajya Sabha staged a walkout on Friday after Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge was not allowed to speak in the House. Kharge wanted to raise the issue of some of his ob- servations being expunged by the chair, but he was not allowed on the plea that he cannot read the same remarks which have already been expunged. Opposition members protested in support of the Leader of Opposition who wanted to raise his point, but the chair did not accede to their demand. CONGRESS, SOME OPPN MPs STAGE WALKOUT FROM RS New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday suspended Congress MP Rajani Patil for the remainder of the Budget Session for filming House proceedings. The suspen- sion comes after she tweeted a video from inside the House in which opposition law- makers were seen protesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response to the Motion of Thanks. Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Jagdeep Dhankhar expressed a “serious view” regarding the issue and characterised it as an “unwholesome activity” on her side. New Delhi( ANI): Taking serious note of the disruptions of the proceedings by opposition who have been demanding a Joint Parliament Commitee over the Adani-Hindenberg row, Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar lost his patience and warned the protesting MP’s that “every transgression from both sides would not go without his deep reflection”. The outburst came after a heated argument between Union Minister Piyush Goyal and the Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge who have been locking horns after Congress alleged PM Modi to have “links” with industrialist Gautam Adani. DHANKHAR SUSPENDS CONGRESS MP FOR RECORDING HOUSE PROCEEDINGS RS CHAIRMAN DHANKHAR LOSES COOL OVER RUCKUS BY PROTESTING MP’S ‘6 OF 11 WERE BJP MPS’: CONG SLAMS PM ON CASH-FOR- QUERY SCAM New Delhi: Targeting Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi’s strong attack on Congress led UPA al- liance, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh today countered the attack and posed fresh ques- tions to the PM. Taking to social media, Jairam Ramesh tweeted, “In his long rant yesterday, the PM blamed UPA for the cash-for-query scam when in fact 6 of 11 involved were BJP MPs.” “It’s BJP that walked out during the vote to expel the MPs after resolutions moved by Pranab-da and Dr Singh. Would the Chair now expunge PM’s lies,” he added. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking in Lok Sabha a day after Con- gress’s Rahul Gandhi’s attack on his govern- ment, lashed out at the 10 years of UPA rule, saying it had “bled the country dry”. UP GLOBAL INVESTORS SUMMIT 2023 Lucknow: Highlight- ing the country's devel- opment strides and in- vestment-friendly envi- ronment and pointing out that Uttar Pradesh is leading the growth of the country, Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi today said that India is reforming not out of compulsion, but out of conviction. If India is the bright spot in the world, then Uttar Pradesh is lead- ing the growth of the country, PM Modi said after inaugurating the Uttar Pradesh Global Investors Summit 2023 in Lucknow. Addressing the gath- ering, PM said, UP's growth has been note- worthy. People used to say that it was hard to develop UP and the law and order situation could not be improved. UP was known for scams and no one had any hopes for UP. But, within just five to six years, UP has estab- lished a new identity for itself. Today, UP is known for good govern- ance, peace, law and or- der, and stability . The PM said a big change is being wit- nessed in the thinking and aspirations of In- dian society and youth today. The aspirations of the country are pushing the govern- ments, and these aspi- rations are pushing the development work. Today every credible voice in the world be- lieves that India's econo- mywillcontinuetogrow rapidly . The biggest rea- son behind this is in- creasing self-confidence of Indians, he said. India reforming out of conviction: PM VANDE BHARAT TRAINS REFLECT SPEED AND SCALE OF INDIA’S PROGRESS: PM ‘INDIA'S BUSINESS COMMUNITY IS SEEN WITH TRUST’ OPPN ATTACKS YOGI GOVT AHEAD OF GIS-23 EVENT UP RECEIVES INVESTMENT PROPOSALS OF `32.92 LAKH CRORES: CM YOGI Mumbai (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Vande Bharat Express exemplify the speed and scale of India’s pro- gress. He said these trains will benefit students and office-goers while also facilitating devotees and farmers. “For the first time, 2 Vande Bharat trains have been flagged off at once. They’ll connect financial centres such as Mumbai and Pune to centres of religious significance will benefit college, office-goers, farmers and devotees. It will also boost tourism,” he said. Lucknow (ANI): Union Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government has put forward a new vision for the business com- munity in the country, which is now looked upon with trust and respect. He also said the government has presented a new approach towards the business committee. Lucknow: Opposition par- ties in Uttar Pradesh have mounted a blistering attack on the Yogi Adityanath-led state govern- ment before the GIS event. Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav said the state government should not discriminate between industrialists. Lucknow (ANI): Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adity- anath said that the state has attracted invest- ments proposals worth Rs 32.92 lakh crores through the roadshows for the Global Inves- tors Summit 2023 and is ready to play the role of the growth engine of the country in line with the Prime Minister’s vision and by imbibing his mantra of ‘Reform, Perform Transform’. New Delhi: Gautam Adani-led Adani Group has hired US-based law firm Wachtell to fight against allegations re- cently leveled against the conglomerate by short-seller Hinden- burg Research, Finan- cial Times reported. According to the Brit- ish daily news report, the Adani Group has tapped senior lawyers at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen Katz to advise it on how to deal with the crisis facing the conglomerate. The New York-based legal firm specializes in corporate law, regularly handling large and complex transactions. Adani hires NY- based law firm to advise it on stocks crisis Bhubaneswar (PTI): President Droupadi Murmu on Friday said that yoga had helped her when she was in mental and physical agony, while asserting that regular practice of it could help people achieve success in all spheres of life. She also noted that empowerment of wom- en is the ‘mantra’ to es- tablish India as the “Biswa Guru” (world leader). Murmu stressed the need for the practice of yoga which could help citizens grow spiritually leading to the overall development of individuals and the nation as a whole. Murmu arrived in Odisha today, her home state, and is here to at- tend official functions. On Saturday, Murmu will first pay a visit to the Lord Lingaraj tem- ple and then inaugurate the second Indian Rice Congress at the Nation- al Rice Research Institute in Cuttack. Yoga pulled me out of mental and physical agony: Prez Murmu Mangaluru: The road- show of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the communally sensi- tive Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka on Saturday has been cancelled owing to secu- rity reasons, a senior BJP leader said. Shah, who will be reaching Karnataka on Saturday morning from Kerala, will par- ticipate in various pro- grammes and address a public gathering in Puttur town. About 3,500 police personnel have been de- puted for the security of Amit Shah, during his visit to the district, which had witnessed revenge killings in the recent past. The dis- turbing development stirred a debate at the national level. The can- celled roadshow was to be held at Mangaluru city in the evening. Amit Shah’s roadshow in communally sensitive K’taka district cancelled New Delhi: Former Odisha chief secretary Bijay Patnaik, who su- perannuat- ed from ser- vice in 2013, joined the C o n g r e s s party on Friday. The retired bu- reaucrat met the party leadership at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi. Patnaik, a 1976-batch IAS officer, served as the state chief secre- tary from September 2010 to 2013. Before his elevation as a top ad- ministrator of the state, he served as the princi- pal secretary to Chief Minister Naveen Pat- naik from 2004 to 2010. Former Odisha chief secretary Bijay Patnaik to join Congress IN THE COURTYARD ‘GULMARG TO BE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR WINTER GAMES’ Baramulla (Agencies): Jammu and Kashmir Lieu- tenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday said Gulmarg is going to be the Centre of Excellence for the winter sports and efforts are on and soon “we will achieve the mission” Addressing the gathering during the in- augural ceremony of 3rd edition of Khelo India Winter Games, LG Sinha, said that every effort is being made to bring the skills of JK youth who are affiliated with the sports on a display as Gulmarg will soon be the Center of Excellence for the winter games. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses at the UP Global Investors Summit 2023, in Lucknow on Friday. —PHOTO BY PTI New Delhi: Proposals for transfer of 10 high court judg- es are under various stages of processing, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju told Lok Sabha on Friday. Rijiju’s state- ment comes days after the Supreme Court expressed displeasure over Centre’s delay in clearing recommen- dations for transfer of HC judges, saying it was a very serious issue. The minister asserted that “no timeline” has been prescribed in the Memorandum of Procedure for transfer of judges from one HC to another. New Delhi: The Supreme Court today referred to a larger nine-judge bench to decide the plea against the practice of excommunication in the Dawoodi Bohra community. A bench said the nine-judge bench constituted to decide the correctness of the Sabarimala judgment will also decide the practice of excommuni- cation in the Dawoodi Bohra community. The bench had earlier heard the parties who urged the court to wait for a nine-judge bench decision in the matter. New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday put on hold the Kerala High Court's condition directing the producer and director of the Kannada superhit movie Kantara to not exhibit the film with the song Varaharoopam till a final order in the copy- right infringement case. A bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices P S Narasimha and J B Pardiwala also issued notice to the Kerala government and sought its reply in two weeks. New Delhi: The Delhi Po- lice has moved a plea chal- lenging the order of a trial court which discharged Sharjeel Imam, Asif Iqbal Tanha and nine others in a case pertaining to the violence at Jamia Millia Islamia University in December 2019 related to demon- strations against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). New Delhi: A court in Gu- jarat’s Jamnagar on Friday acquitted Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Hardik Pa- tel in a five-year-old case after the prosecu- tion failed to establish the case. The Patidar leader was accused of delivering a political speech at a gathering in contravention of the condi- tions set by the authorities while granting permission for the event. New Delhi: On account of supply of ‘Chinese manjha’ (kite string) even after its ban, the Delhi HC directed the Police Crime Branch to submit a comprehensive status report investigating the manufacturers and importers supplying the material to the traders. A bench sought details of the marketers still selling the manjha. TRANSFER OF 10 HIGH COURT JUDGES UNDER PROCESS, SAYS LAW MINISTRY REQUEST ON EXCOMMUNICATION IN MUSLIM COMMUNITY REFERRED TO SC SUPREME COURT RELIEF FOR 'KANTARA' MAKERS OVER PLAGIARISM DELHI POLICE MOVE HC AGAINST ORDER DISCHARGING SHARJEEL IMAM HARDIK ACQUITTED IN 5-YEAR-OLD CASE OF DISOBEYING GOVT ORDER HC SEEKS POLICE REPORT ON SALE SUPPLY OF ‘BANNED’ CHINESE MANJHA President Droupadi Murmu
  7. MUMBAI | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023 06 INDIA www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia New Delhi (ANI): Un- der Operation Dost, In- dia sent 841 cartons of medicines, protection safety tools, and diag- nostics to quake-hit Turkey and Syria, ac- cording to official sources on Friday . The official sources told ANI that India had dispatched 841 cartons of medicine, protection safety tools, and diag- nostics with a weight of 6.19 tons have been sent to Turkey and Syria. Over 22,000 people have died in Turkey and Syria after magni- tude 7.8 and 7.5 earth- quakes struck on Mon- day, and rescue workers are racing against time to pull survivors from the rubble of collapsed buildings in harsh win- ter conditions, reported CNN. The medicines that have been sent in- clude Paracetamol 100 ML IV , Ceftriaxone GM INJ, Propofol INJ., etc. The protection safety tools that have been sent include gowns, gloves, shoe cov- ers, caps. The other medical aid includes Electrocardio- graphs six channels, Sy- ringe Pump, and a Phys- iologic monitor system. Indian army set up a field hospital under ‘Op- eration Dost’ to provide assistance to Turkey’s earthquake-hit people. Army’s‘OperationDost’issavinglives,winninghearts INDIA ON RESCUE Washington (PTI): As the US focuses on the Indo-Pacific, in particu- lar the Quad, the Biden administration needs to address India's ties with Russia and its down- ward trend of demo- cratic values and insti- tutions, said a report by the Democratic Par- ty of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. The report has called for supporting a strong and democratic India. Senate Foreign Af- fairs Chairman Senator Robert Menendez said the US needs to ap- proach the Indo-Pacific with a well-resourced, whole-of-government approach that synchro- nizes the military-secu- rity elements with dip- lomatic, economic, and civil society elements to ensure the greatest chance of success. The Strategic Align- ment: The Imperative of Resourcing the Indo- Pacific Strategy, a Ma- jority Staff Report, was released by Menendez. I believe that Presi- dent Biden's Indo-Pacif- ic Strategy , released one year ago, adopts this whole-of-government approach. If fully equipped with the tools that it needs to be suc- cessful, this strategy will underpin the Unit- ed States' leadership in the most consequential and dynamic region of the world in the 21st century, he said. The report said the Biden administration was correct not to make its Indo-Pacific strate- gy solely about compe- tition with the People's Republic of China. But to succeed, it has to grapple with the reali- ties of this competition for the US and the chal- lenges it poses for its regional allies and part- ners, it said. In its sev- enth last recommen- dation, the Major Staff Report calls for sup- porting a strong and democratic India. Even as the adminis- tration rightly treats In- dia as an important partner, it will need to address very real com- plications of India's con- tinued ties with, de- pendence on, Russia for defence equipment and its downward trend of democratic values and institution, it said. US EXTENDS HUGE SUPPORT TO STRONG AND DEMOCRATIC INDIA Over China crisis, US senators have called for supporting strong democratic India The Biden administration needs to address India’s ties with Russia and its “downward trend of democratic values and institutions” as the US focuses on the strategically important Indo-Pacific region, said a report by the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. United Nations: UN Security Council members have hailed the significance of the Delhi Declaration adopted at a special meeting of the UN Counter-Terrorism Commit- tee in India last year, saying it offers a solid basis to counter the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorist purposes and sym- bolises the Council's shared determination to address the challenge. The 15-nation Council, under the Presiden- cy of Malta for the month of February, on Thursday held a meeting on 'Threats to inter- national peace and security caused by terrorist acts' dur- ing which the 16th report of the Secretary-General on the threat posed by ISIL (Da'esh) to international peace and security and the range of United Nations efforts in support of Member States in countering the threat. On October 28-29 last year, the Security Council Counter- Terrorism Committee (CTC), chaired by India in 2022, organised the Special Meet- ing in New Delhi and Mumbai on the overarching theme of Countering the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorist purposes. UN PRAISES ‘DELHI DECLARATION’ IN FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM New Delhi (PTI): Lok Sabha on Friday wit- nessed noisy scenes and a walk out by the DMK and Congress after Un- ion Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya saidtheoppositionisgiv- ing wrong information about AIIMS Madurai as he took strong action against medical colleges which don't have faculty , infra patients. Replying to a ques- tion on AIIMS Madurai, he said medical courses of the institute are go- ing on while Rs 1,900 crore has been ear- marked for construct- ing the infrastructure. When the DMK mem- bers said the AIIMS Ma- durai is not ready, Man- daviya accused them of giving wrong informa- tion to the House and misleading the people. Some people want to do politics on everything. I know why they are do- ing this as I have taken strong action against those medical colleges which don't have facul- ty, infrastructure and patients, he asserted. ‘DMK, Congress gave wrong info on AIIMS Madurai’ New Delhi (Agencies): Chief Electoral Officer of Tripura, Kiran Gitte on Friday said that opin- ion and exit polls have been banned till 7pm of 27th February . Talking to reporters in Agartala, Mr. Gitte said that only print media can publish the advertisement of po- litical parties on 15th and 16th of February . However,suchadvertise- ments will need prior approvalfromtheMedia Certification and Moni- toring Committee. The CEO added that election campaign-related activi- ties will not be allowed in electronic media 48 hours prior to the poll- ing day, as it may influ- ence the voters. Tripura polls: EC bans opinion and exit polls Bengaluru (ANI): Un- ion Minister for Hous- ing and Urban Affairs Petroleum and Natural Gas, Hardeep Singh Puri said that India is demonstrating that economy and ecology are not at odds with each other, but in fact, fundamentally inter- twined, an official state- ment said, adding, “In- dia is uniquely posi- tioned to champion the aspirations of the Glob- al South’. “The Working Group can be the cata- lyst for the G20 coun- tries to adopt the core tenets of the LiFE movement and promote the uptake of sustaina- ble living at a global scale,” Puri said. India positioned to champion aspirations of Global South: Puri PURI EXPRESSES SOLIDARITY WITH PEOPLE OF TURKEY OMICRON, ITS SUB-LINEAGES DOMINANT COVID VARIANTS IN INDIA, SAYS CENTRE New Delhi: Union Min- ister Hardeep Singh Puri expressed his solidarity with the people of Turkey in their grief and deep difficulty. “He said that India commiserates Turkey’s loss, and will con- tinue to extend all possible humanitarian and medical support in this time of need and said that the outpouring of support to Turkey from people and leaders across the world is a powerful reminder of the shared humanity that connects us all,” an official said. New Delhi: Omicron and its sub-lineages continue to be the dominant coronavirus variants in India, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar told the Lok Sabha on Friday. Dur- ing the last 60 days, over 90 new variants of SARS-CoV2 have been detected in samples analysed by INSACOG, a national multi-agency consortium of genome sequencing laboratories, the minister said. Omicron and its sub-lineages continue to be the dominant variants in India. Of these, XBB and BQ are the most prevalent lineages circulating in the country, she said. The Health Ministry is following COVID-19 trajectory globally and in the country along with various expert committees. First India Bureau New Delhi: Asking who in India uses their maternal grandfather’s surname, Congress on Friday hit out at PM Narendra Modi for his remarks on Gandhis not using Nehru name and said he doesn’t have thebasicunderstanding of Indian culture. “Only god can save the country,” AICC general secretary Ran- deep Surjewala told reporters a day after Modi, in a speech in the Rajya Sabha, asked why the Gandhis were ashamed of using the Nehru surname. “Someone who is sit- ting on such a responsi- ble position does not know or understand the culture of India. You can ask any person who uses maternal grandfather’s surname?” Surjewala toldapressconferenceat the party headquarters in the presence of Con- gresspresidentMallikar- jun Kharge. “If he does not even have this basic understanding of In- dia’s culture, then only God can save this coun- try ,” Surjewala said. What’s in a name, says Congress A Turkish woman planting a kiss on the cheek of a Indian Army officer who is in the quake-hit nation for rescue-and-relief work. Guwahati: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma extended an invitation to Hollywood legend Leonardo DiCaprio to visit Kaziranga National Park, famed for its one-horned rhinos, after the actor lauded the state government for its efforts to stop poaching of the animal. In an Ins- tagram post, DiCaprio wrote the efforts of the Assam government that started in 2021 met success the next year when no rhinos were poached in National Park. Mainpuri: Over 21 students fell ill and seven other students were hospitalised after drinking contaminated water at Government Engineering College in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri. The matter came to light when district health officials learnt that a large number of students in the district were admitted to a hospital. Of- ficials said it was found that at least 21 students pursu- ing Engineering courses in a Government Engineering College were admitted to a hospital since February 9. Ghaziabad: The traffic police during a drive against minors riding two-wheelers in the city has registered FIRs against their parents and vehicle owners in various police stations. The police has also seized 91 such vehicles in the last week. Among the FIRs, 12 have been lodged in Kavinagar police station, 8 in Nandgram, 10 in Kotwali, 4 in Vijay Nagar and 13 in Sahibabad, among others. Additional DCP Traffic Ramanand Kushwaha held a meeting with the staff before starting the drive. New Delhi (ANI): A Maoist carrying a reward of Rs 15 lakh on his head who was involved in several vio- lent crimes, surrendered before the CRPF and police on Friday. The Maoist was identified as Abhyas Bhi- yan aka Prem Bhuiyan who was a Regional Committee Member of CPI. New Delhi: The Union Government on Thursday said that 5.9 million tonnes of lithium re- serves have been found for the first time in the country in Jam- mu and Kashmir. Lithium is a non-ferrous metal and is one of the key components in EV batteries. New Delhi (ANI): The Central Bureau of Inves- tigation (CBI) on Friday arrested three public servants in two sepa- rate cases of bribery. A Senior Auditor identified as Neeraj Kumar Kaushal working in the office of Principal Controller of De- fence Accounts, Pensions, Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh was arrested for bribery of Rs 20,000, according to a CBI statement. Shajapur: Madhya Pradesh police have seized a truck carrying liquor worth more than Rs 1 crore to dry state Gujarat from Haryana, an official said today. The police had received inputs that a consignment of liquor was being sent to Bihar, another dry state, through MP. Accordingly, they intercepted a truck and found it to be laden with automobile spare parts. ‘VISIT ASSAM’: CHIEF MINISTER SARMA AFTER LEONARDO DICAPRIO’S POST OVER 21 STUDENTS FALL SICK DUE TO WATER CONTAMINATION, 7 HOSPITALISED ACTION TAKEN AGAINST MINORS RIDING TWO-WHEELERS, 91 VEHICLES SEIZED MAOIST WITH `15 LAKH BOUNTY SURRENDERS LITHIUM RESERVES FOUND IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR CBI NABS 3 PUBLIC SERVANTS IN 2 CASES OF BRIBERY LIQUOR WORTH `1.12 CR BEING SENT TO GUJARAT SEIZED New Delhi (PTI): The Editors Guild of India has urged Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha chief Jagdeep Dhankhar to grant unrestricted ac- cess of journalists to Parliament lift curbs that came into force during the Covid pandemic. In a letter to the Lok Sabha Speaker, the Guild also pointed out that access of senior journalists to Central Hall has been suspend- ed and the Press Advi- sory Committee too has not been consti- tuted for the last three years. In a separate letter to Dhankhar, the Guild noted that limit- ed access under Cov- id-19protocolscouldbe appreciated,butbring- ingbackrestrictionsat a time when India re- mains in the forefront of maximum vaccina- tion coverage re- mained unexplained. It noted that jour- nalists from print and electronic medium, have been given ac- cess to cover the pro- ceedings of the Parlia- ment since the first session in May 1952. “Our request is to restore complete ac- cess to all accredited media persons imme- diately, including the Central Hall,” the Guild said in the letter. The Guild noted that G V Mavalankar, the first Speaker of the Lok Sabha, had de- cided that the Com- mittee should, among other things, dis- charge advisory func- tions, including ex- amination of tempo- rary and permanent admissions to the press gallery and that applications for such admissions would be referred to the Com- mittee for its opinion and advice. “Since then, the process remained in place till it was aban- doned recently,” the Guild said. Restoreunrestrictedaccess to Journos: EGI to Parl —Representational Image Health min Mansukh Mandaviya speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday. Union Min Hardeep Puri virtually addressing in G20 Presidency event at Bengaluru on Friday. Kiran Gitte, Chief Electoral Officer, Tripura NEW-BORN AND MOTHER SAVED AFTER FOUR DAYS IN RUBBLE New Delhi: A new-born baby and his mother have been rescued from rubble in Turkey, around 90 hours after the first of Monday’s deadly earthquakes. The 10-day-old boy, named Yagiz, was retrieved from a ru- ined structure in the southern Hatay province. Footage showed the child being carefully taken out overnight - a sight described by local media as miraculous. Hopes of finding many more survivors are diminishing, amid freezing-cold weather four days after the disaster. However, search and rescue efforts continue in both Turkey and Syria - which was struck by the quakes. CRUCIAL READ
  8. MUMBAI | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023 07 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Commodity Price Change % Chg GOLD 56,754.00 669.00 1.17 (Per 10g) SILVER 66,953.00 1026.00 1.53 (Per 1kg) COMMODITIES Currency Price Change % Chg USDINR 82.55 0.04 0.04 GBPINR 99.81 0.35 0.35 CURRENCIES OVER 4,900 NEW MNCs OPENED IN INDIA New Delhi (PTI): Around 1,333 multi-national com- panies (MNCs) have shut down in the country but more than 4,900 new ones have come up opening new avenues and job opportuni- ties, Parliament was in- formed on Friday . Respond- ing during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, MoS for Commerce Industry Som Parkash said it is normal to see some MNCs get closed and some new to come up. A total of 1,333 MNCs have been closed down in the country, out of which 313 were foreign-based and 1,017 were their subsidiar- ies, he said. “I am happy to share that in comparison to it (the one closed down), 4,906 new MNCs have been opened. This will open new avenues and provide job op- portunities,” Parkash said. The minister, however, did not share the time period during which the MNCs were shut and new ones were opened. ACCORDING TO GOVERNMENT MAJOR FINDINGS z A total of 1,333 MNCs have been closed down in the country, out of which 313 were foreign-based and 1,017 were their subsidiaries z However as per govt, more than 4,900 new ones have come up opening new avenues and job opportunities business BRIEFS New Delhi: Moody’s In- vestor Service on Friday revised downwards the rating outlook on four Adani Group companies to negative from stable after a significant and rapid decline in market value following a report by US-based short seller Hindenburg Research.The rating outlook for Adani Green Energy Ltd, Adani Green Energy Restricted Group, Adani Transmis- sion Step-One Ltd and Adani Electricity Mumbai Ltd has been changed to negative from stable. —PTI MOODY'S CHANGES OUTLOOK ON FOUR ADANI FIRMS New Delhi: Gold price tumbled `669 to `56,754 per 10 grams in the na- tional capital on Friday amid weak global trends, according to HDFC Secu- rities. In the previous trade, the yellow metal had touched `57,423 per 10 grams. Silver also plummeted `1,026 to `66,953/kg. “Spot gold prices in the Delhi mar- kets traded at `56,754 per 10 grams, down `669 per 10 grams,” Saumil Gandhi, Senior Analyst - Commodities at HDFC Se- curities, said. In the over- seas market, both gold and silver were quoting lower at $1,866/ounce and $22.12/ounce. —PTI GOLD TUMBLES BY `669; SILVER ALSO PLUMMETS `1,026 New Delhi: Yahoo said on Friday it plans to lay off more than 20% of its total workforce as part of a major restructuring of its ad tech division. The cuts will impact nearly 50% of Yahoo’s ad tech employ- ees by the end of this year, including nearly 1,000 employees this week, the company said. Yahoo added that the move would enable the company to narrow its fo- cus and investment on its flagship ad business called DSP. —FIB YAHOO TO LAY OFF MORE THAN 20% OF TOTAL WORKFORCE New Delhi: Chinese com- pany Alibaba is learnt to have sold 3.16% direct stake in digital financial services firm One97 Communications, which operates under Paytm brand, for about `13,600 crore in a block deal. With this deal, Alibaba has sold entire direct stake in the company. Alibaba had 6.26% direct stake in Paytm as of December 2022. “Alibaba has sold its complete direct stake in Paytm in the block deal today,” a source aware of the development said on Friday. —PTI ALIBABA SELLS REMAINING DIRECT STAKE IN PAYTM *Rates till the edition went to print. DISNEY+ HOTSTAR PAID SUBSCRIBER BASE SHRINKS 6 PER CENT New Delhi: Streaming giant Disney+ Hotstar has seen a 6% QoQ dip in its paid subscriber base during the three months to December 2022 due to the non-renewal of content deal with Jio and the pull-out of shorter duration pack customers after the loss of IPL digital rights. Accord- ing to Walt Disney’s Q1 2023 results, Disney+ Hotstar’s paid subscriber base has shrunk by 3.8 million to 57.5 million from 61.3 million. —FIB GOVT TO REVOKE BAN ON FINTECH FIRMS LAZYPAY AND KISSHT New Delhi: The government will revoke the ban imposed on fin- tech firms LazyPay and Kissht after represen- tations were made by these companies, a senior official said on Friday. The government last week ordered the blocking of 232 apps operated by over- seas entities, including Chinese, for being involved in betting, gambling and unauthorised loan service. Sources said that the government will revoke the ban on LazyPay and Kissht. —PTI ADB APPROVES $130 MN LOAN FOR PROMOTING HORTICULTURE IN HIMACHAL PRADESH New Delhi: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $130 million loan to increase agricultural productivity and promote horticulture agribusinesses to raise farmers’ income in Himachal Pradesh. More than half of HP’s land area is in the mountains and 90% of the population lives in rural ar- eas who are dependent on agriculture, said ADB Senior Natural Resources and Agricul- ture Specialist for South Asia Sunae Kim. The project will improve on-farm irrigation and water management in about 6,000 hectares (ha) of farmland by rehabilitating and constructing new irrigation facilities. —PTI AROUND 10 STATES AND 5 UTs NOT IMPLEMENTING CROP INSURANCE SCHEME PMFBY: AGRI MINISTER New Delhi: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday said 10 states and five union territories are currently not implementing the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMF- BY). The ten states are: Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Telangana and West Bengal, the minister said. Chandigarh, Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman Diu, Delhi, Ladakh and Lakshadweep are the UTs which are not implementing PMFBY. —PTI OTHER STORIES SITHARAMAN IN PARLIAMENT Budget is for poor, common man: FM New Delhi (PTI): Finance Minister Nirmala Sithara- man on Friday staunchly defended her Budget as be- ing pro-poor and for the common man, citing high- er food and fertilizer subsi- dies and income tax relief, and said the focus was on job creation, small busi- ness and the farm sector. The Budget for the fiscal year starting April (2023- 24) also provides impetus to green growth, health- care and keeping the eco- nomic engine running with record capital spending, she said. The revamped new tax regime, which offers a re- bate on annual income of up to `7 lakh, will leave higher disposable income in the hands of people, she added. Sitharaman said the Budget balances the re- quirement of development imperatives within the lim- its of fiscal prudence. On relief under the new tax regime announced in the Budget, she said it is “very attractive”. MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS z During a dicussion in Parliament on Union Budget FM Nirmala Sitharaman said the Budget balances the requirement of development imperatives within the limits of fiscal prudence z The Budget for the fiscal year starting April (2023-24) also provides impetus to green growth, healthcare and keeping the economic engine running z On relief under the new tax regime announced in the Budget, she said it is “very attractive” India’s forex kitty drops $1.49 billion to $575.27 billion Industrial production growth slips to 4.3% in December 2022 New Delhi (PTI): India’s industrial production growth slipped to 4.3% in December from 7.3% in No- vember 2022, mainly due to subdued performance of the manufacturing sector, according to official data released on Friday . However, there was im- provement on an annual basis as the factory output growth measured in terms of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) stood at 1% in December 2021. As per the IIP data re- leased by the National Sta- tistical Office (NSO), the manufacturing sector’s output grew by 2.6% in De- cember 2022 from 0.6% a year ago. The growth stood at 6.4% in the preceding month of November 2022. Mumbai (PTI): India’s for- eign exchange reserves dropped by $1.494 billion to reach $575.267 billion as of February 3, snapping a three-week rising trend, RBI data showed on Friday . In the previous report- ing week, the overall re- serves had jumped by $3.03 billion to $576.76 billion. The reserves have been declining as the central bank deploys the kitty to defend the rupee amid pres- sures caused majorly by global developments. For the week ended Feb- ruary 3, the foreign cur- rency assets decreased by $1.323 billion to $507.695 bil- lion, according to the Weekly Statistical Supple- ment. Expressed in dollar terms, the foreign curren- cy assets include the effect of appreciation or depre- ciation of non-US units like the euro, pound and yen held in the foreign ex- change reserves. Sensex, Nifty snap two-day winning run amid weak global markets Mumbai (PTI): Equity benchmark Sensex de- clined 123 points on Friday due to selling pressure in metal and energy stocks amid a bearish trend in global equity markets. Rising crude prices and continued selling by for- eign investors also weighed on market sentiment, trad- ers said. Snapping its two-day gainingstreak,the30-share BSE Sensex ended 123.52 points or 0.20% lower at 60,682.70. During the ses- sion, the index touched a high of 60,774.14 and a low of 60,501.74. The broader NSE Nifty slipped 36.95 points to finish at 17,856.50. RUPEE FALLS 4 PAISE TO CLOSE AT 82.55 AGAINST US DOLLAR Mumbai (PTI): The rupee depreciated 4 paise to close at 82.55 (provisional) against the US dollar on Friday, tracking a muted trend in domestic equities and firm crude oil prices. At the interbank foreign exchange market, the local unit opened at 82.61 against the American cur- rency and touched a low of 82.64 and a high of 82.34 intra-day. It finally settled at 82.55 against the greenback. India’s smartphone market dip 27% in Q4 New Delhi (PTI): Smart- phones shipments in India plunged by over 27% to 29.6 million in the October-De- cember quarter of 2022, from 40.6 million in the year-ago period, mainly due to inflationary pres- sures, market research firm IDC said on Friday . According to the report, dwindling consumer de- mand due to high inflation remained a challenge throughout the year de- spite the improved supply situation. Smartphone shipments in the sub-$300 (about `25,000) price segment de- clined by 15% while mid- premium and premium price segments of $300-500 and over $500 (`41,000) grew by 20 and 55%, respectively during 2022. The entry-lev- el smartphones, below `12,500 apiece, shrunk to 46% from 54% a year ago. Apple maintained its lead in the premium seg- ment with a 60% share. ‘Milk prices in India increased due to rise in fodder cost’ New Delhi (PTI): Milk prices in the country have risen due to increase in the feed and fodder cost, Union Minister Sanjeev Kumar Balyan said in Rajya Sabha on Friday . Balyan, who is Minister of State of Fisheries, Ani- mal Husbandry and Dairy- ing, said dairy companies pass on 75% of the retail price to farmers. There is a need to balance between farmers and consumers. Farmers need to get high- er returns on milk for them to take up dairy farming, he said. TIKTOK FIRES ENTIRE INDIA WORKFORCE New Delhi (FIB): Short video app TikTok fired its entire India staff on Mon- day, a report by The Eco- nomic Times said, quoting sources. Forty people were laid off and were offered severance pay of up to nine months. “The TikTok India em- ployees were told that Feb- ruary 28 would be their last day and were given feelers to look out for other oppor- tunities for some time as it was conveyed that restart- ing India operations were not going to take off be- cause of the government’s stance on Chinese apps,” a source told ET. “The entire team was in- formed. We were anyway told some time ago that business in India may be shut off, so look for jobs. Most people will be given 90 days severance,” anoth- er source told ET. Indiasetswheatsale at`2,350perquintal New Delhi (PTI): To re- duce the price of wheat and atta, the Department of Food PD, in consulta- tion with Ministry of Fi- nance on Friday decided that the reserve price for sale of wheat under OMSS will be `2350/Qtl (Pan In- dia) for FAQ and `2300/Qtl (Pan India) for URS wheat of all crops including RMS 2023-24 without adding any transportation cost com- ponent. The ministry stated that this is to help the supply of wheat to general public in different part of the coun- try at a reasonable price. “The States may be al- lowed to purchase wheat from FCI for their own scheme at above reserve prices without participat- ing in e-auction,” the min- istry said in its statement. As per the statement, the rate of wheat has been re- duced to `21.50/Kg for sale to NCCF/NAFED/ Kendri- ya Bhandar/State Govt. Cooperatives/ Federations etc. as well as community kitchen /charitable/NGO etc engaged in relief opera- tions/ running relief camps for migrant labour- ers/vulnerable groups. The ministry added that during the inaugural e-auc- tion, which was held on the 1st and 2nd of Feb 2023, FCI sold 9.26 LMT of wheat out of 25 LMT to traders, flour mills, and other buyers. RESERVE PRICE FOR SALE z To reduce the price of wheat and atta, the Department of Food PD, in consultation with Ministry of Finance on Friday decided that the reserve price for sale of wheat under OMSS will be `2350/Qtl (Pan India) for FAQ
  9. MUMBAI | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023 08 2NDFRONT www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia The human ability to ‘Work’ is amazing, we can rise to the greatest heights or plummet to the lowest, choose carefully. — Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO Editor-in-Chief, First India First India Bureau Nashik: Nationalist Congress Party presi- dent Sharad Pawar on Friday asserted the Electricity (Amend- ment) Bill will not be allowed to pass in Par- liament in its existing form as it will stop the subsidy offered to pow- er consumers. Speaking at an event here, Pawar said the Op- position has clearly con- veyed to the Union gov- ernment that it will not allow the bill to be passed in its present form. It may get passed in the Lok Sabha because of the majority enjoyed by the Narendra Modi government, but it will not get cleared in the Rajya Sabha, where the ruling dispensation lacks the required num- bers, Pawar said. Today , those who are in power decided to bring the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022 Act. We have opposed because if it is passed in its present form then the subsidy offered to the power consumers will be stopped, he said. The privatisation of public undertakings in the power sector is also under consideration, he claimed. The bill is before a parliamentary commit- tee. Our stand is we will not allow this law to be passed in its current form, he added. Pawar said 40,000- 42,000 vacancies in vari- ous state-run power firms should be filled and priority must be given to those working on these posts on con- tract. He said Telangana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu have included such em- ployees in service and Maharashtra should also do the same. First India Bureau Mumbai: Journalists from across Mumbai on Friday gathered at the statue of Gandhiji in Mantralaya to protest the murder of their Rat- nagiri colleague Sha- shikant Warishe. Warishe (48) was mowed down by an SUV allegedly driven by land dealer Pandharinath Amberkar on Monday. Warishe died in hospi- tal the next day. It has been alleged Amberkar, now arrested and booked for murder, used to threaten any person who opposed land ac- quisition for a proposed refinery in the area. An article written by Warishe against Am- berkarhadappearedina localMarathinewspaper on the morning of the incident, some 440 kilo- metres from Mumbai. The protesting jour- nalists, who gathered at state secretariat in the south of the metropolis at noon, sought that trial be conducted in a fast track court and ac- cused be given exem- plary punishment. Participants in the protest said those in- volved in the killing as well as its larger con- spiracyshouldbeunrav- elled through a special investigation team (SIT) and the accused must be slapped with the strin- gent Maharashtra Con- trol of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). Warishe’s kin must be given Rs 50 lakh com- pensation, said Pravin Puro, secretary of Vi- dhimandal and Mantra- laya Pratrakar Sangh, among the journalist associations that took part in Friday’s protest. First India Bureau Thane: Former Thane corporator Hanumant Jagdale on Fridays aid he was quitting the Nationalist Congress Party and joining the Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. Addressing a press conference, he said he took this decision as it was not possible to car- ry out development works without the sup- port of the ruling party . He said some other former corporators and workers of the NCP will join BSS on Sunday . Jagdale said he would work to ensure cluster development is allowed in his ward so that peo- ple benefit. Civic polls are due in Thane and several oth- er cities in Maharash- tra since early 2022. In July last year, Ud- dhav Thackeray had also lost control of TMC when 66 out of 67 Shiv Sena(Thackeray)corpo- rators left the party and joined Shinde camp af- ter these men held a meetingwithChief Min- ister Eknath Shinde. First India Bureau Mumbai: Prime Minis- ter Narendra Modi Fri- day hailed the Dawoodi Bohra community, say- ing the community has always proved itself truetothetestof change and development over time.Hewasspeakingat the inauguration event of the new campus of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah at Marol in Mumbai’s western suburb. While inaugurating the Mumbai campus of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah Arabic Academy, the principal educational institute of the Dawoo- di Bohra Community on Friday , PM Narendra Modi said he was at- tending the event as a family member and not as the prime minister. Modi said he has been connected to the Dawoodi Bohra Com- munity for four genera- tions. Coming to you all feels like coming to a family . I saw your video today. I have a com- plaint. You repeatedly said prime minister or chief minister. I am your family member, am neither a prime minister here nor a chief minister. I con- sider myself fortunate that I have something that few have. I have been connected to this family for 4 genera- tions. All 4 generations have visited my home, PM Modi said. ‘Not PM or CM, have come here as a family member’: PM Modi PM Modi hails Dawoodi Bohra community, inaugurates new campus of Aljamea-tus- Saifiyah PM Narendra Modi, Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis shared stage with Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the 53rd al-Dai al-Mutlaq and head of the Dawoodi Bohra Community. —PHOTO BY AGENCIES I consider myself fortunate that I have something that few have. I have been connected to this family for 4 generations. All 4 generations have visited my home,” PM Modi said Pawar opposes Electricity (Amendment) Bill, flags off subsidy cut It may get passed in the Lok Sabha be- cause of the majority enjoyed by the Narendra Modi government, but it will not get cleared in the Rajya Sabha, where the ruling dispensation lacks the required numbers. —Sharad Pawar, Nationalist Congress Party president First India Bureau Mumbai: The Shiv Sena (UBT) on Friday mocked the ‘Cow Hug Day’ initiative for Valen- tine’s Day on February 14 and took a swipe at Narendra Modi claim- ing billionaire industri- alist Gautam Adani was a “holy cow” for the prime minister. The Animal Welfare Board of India has is- sued an advisory urging people to celebrate Val- entine’s Day as ‘Cow Hug Day’ to spread “pos- itive energy” and en- courage “collective hap- piness”, the move get- tingthebackingof some Bharatiya Janata Party leaders while also gen- erating several memes ridiculing it. The value of shares of Adani Group firms have taken a beating over the last few weeks after US-based Hinden- burg Research accused it of stock manipulation and fraud. These have been denied by the Ada- ni group. In an editorial in par- ty mouthpiece ‘Saama- na’, the Uddhav faction of the Shiv Sena said despite protests in Par- liament against Adani, the PM did utter a single word on the “scam”. “People want a clarifi- cation from the prime minister on the Adani scam, but the Modi gov- ernment has again giv- en a dose of religion to people to keep them quiet. Modi did not talk about Adani in Parlia- ment, but his govern- ment spoke on cows,” the ‘Saamana’ editorial said. “Adani is the big bull of the stock market, but for Modi he is a holy cow, the editorial said, adding the PM had em- braced the “big bull” and was not ready to loosen the grip. With Assembly polls set to take place in sev- eral states this year, and the Lok Sabha elec- tions just over a year away, the NDA govern- ment under Modi does not have much to show by way of development, so was seeking votes in the name of issues like Ram Temple and cows, the Sena editorial alleged. Incidentally, Adani had met Uddhav Thack- eray , who heads the UBT faction of the Shiv Sena, in September last year. Uddhav Sena mocks move, slams PM on silence on ‘holy cow’ Adani VALENTINE’S DAY ‘COW HUG’ lll People want a clarification from the prime minister on the Adani scam, but the Modi government has again given a dose of religion to people to keep them quiet, Samnaa editorial read Mumbai’s `1,600crdesalination plantatManori;workordersoon First India Bureau Mumbai: The Brihan- mumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) desalination plant pro- ject is going to be set up at Manori and the work order is likely to be issued by August, municipal commis- sioner and adminis- trator Iqbal Singh Chahal said on Friday . The tender is cur- rently being finalised, and bids will be invit- ed on an international competitive basis.The plant is expected to be functional in the next four years and will process 200 million li- tres of water per day (MLD). It is estimated to cost Rs 1,600 crore and maintenance for the next 20 years will cost another Rs 1,920 crore. The project has been undertaken to de- velop an alternative water source for the city due to changing patterns of rainfall. For the project, a provision of Rs 200 crore for 2023–2024 was suggested during the recent civic budg- et presentation. BMC earmarks 12 hectares for the plant The BMC has ear- marked 12 hectares for the plant. The pro- ject was first mooted in 2007 after a State Government-appoint- ed high-level commit- tee suggested setting up desalination plants in Mumbai. The BMC had initiated the pro- cess to set up two such plants – one in south Mumbai and another in the western sub- urbs in 2016. However, the pro- posal was cancelled due to high cost and land issues. It was re- vived in October 2020 when former Envi- ronment Minister Aaditya Thackeray showed interest in the project. Project undertaken to develop alternative water source for city ❍ JOURNALIST MURDERED IN MAHA Scribes protest seeking MCOCA against accused Former NCP corporator from Thane joins Shinde faction of Sena —FILE PHOTO —FILE PHOTO
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