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  1. 1. Kartikey Dev Singh Mumbai: Chief Minis- ter Eknath Shinde left from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport for Davos on Monday to take part in the World Economic Forum conference. During this, the Chief Minister will hold dis- cussions with the heads of various industries and financial groups at the global level. It is be- lieved that through this, he will get MoUs signed to the tune of 1.40 lakh crore rupees with 20 industries. It has also been said on this occasion that this is the first time that agreements are be- ing signed on such a large scale. Shinde will interact with eminent investors from around the world and heads of several large indus- tries over the progress of Maharashtra. Dur- ing this visit, he will attend the two-day con- ference on January 16 and 17 and will be ac- companied by Indus- tries Minister Uday Samant and senior of- ficials. The conference will run till January 20 and discussion regarding the upcoming beauty industry spread across the globe will also take place. The government is also trying to increase foreign investment in Maharashtra. Along with this, this visit of the Chief Minister will be important in the backdrop of the plan- ning of the state’s am- bitious industry con- ference ‘Magnetic Ma- harashtra Conver- gence’ to be held next month. where about 2500 delegates from more than 100 coun- tries will participate. Shinde inaugurated the Maharashtra Pavil- ion at Davos at a prime location and right op- posite the Indian pavil- ion. After that there were some partnership agreements with some important industries. Notably, the head of the Center for New Econo- my and Society and Ur- ban Transformation of the World Economic Forum will also meet the Chief Minister. First India Bureau Mumbai: Mumbai civ- ic chief Iqbal Singh Chahal said jumbo COVID-19 care centres were set up on the Ma- harashtra govern- ment’s orders as he re- corded his statement with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday in connection with alleged irregulari- ties in award of con- tracts for health facili- ties during the pandem- ic. Talking to reporters after emerging out of the ED office, where he recorded his statement for more than four hours, Chahal said the Brihanmumbai Munic- ipal Corporation (BMC) was extending all coop- eration to the central agency . The BMC commis- sioner reached the ED office at Ballard Estate in south Mumbai around 11.40 am and walked out shortly after 4 pm. The central financial crime probe agency had earlier summoned the senior bureaucrat to re- cord his statement in the matter. The IAS officer spear- headed the BMC’s re- sponse to the pandemic in the metropolis, where special health fa- cilities were set up to treat coronavirus pa- tients as the cases mounted. The civic chief told reporters the situation could have gone out of control if quick prepa- rations were not made to tackle COVID-19 in Mumbai, which record- editsfirstcaseinMarch 2020. The BMC had started jumbo COVID-19 cen- tres with instructions from the state govern- ment by acquiring some places and handing them over for setting up field hospitals, he said. “The municipal cor- poration outsourced the required staff to meet the requirement of COVID-19 field hospi- tals. Due to this lives of lakhs of people were saved as they got timely medical treatment,” Chahal said. After getting infor- mation about some of the facility providers submitting forged docu- ments for bagging con- tracts, the BMC had asked the police to veri- fy details by writing a letter, he said. “I have informed the ED that we are extend- ing all cooperation from the BMC’s side. I will cooperate with the agency and (appear be- fore it) if called again for inquiry,” said the IAS officer. Hoping to rake-in‘MAHA-MOOLAHS’, Shinde leaves for Davos Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is expected to sign MoUs with 20 industries to bring investments worth 1.40 lakh crore rupees Shinde will also meet head of Center for New Economy, Society and Urban Transformation of the World Economic Forum Eknath Shinde Iqbal Singh Chahal ED records Mumbai civic chief Chahal’s statement IRREGULARITIES IN COVID-19 CENTRE CONTRACTS Have informed the ED that we are extending all cooperation from BMC’s side. Will cooperate with agency if called again Raj ACB nabs ASP for 2 Crore bribe! Navin Sharma Jaipur: The Rajasthan ACB on Monday arrest- ed Additional Superin- tendent of Police (ASP) of the Special Opera- tions Group (SOG) Di- vya Mittal in connec- tion with demand of Rs 2 crore bribe. Mittal is accused of demanding bribe from a man for not including his name in a case registered with the SOG under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substanc- es Act. Mittal said, “She has suffered due to tracking drug mafia. I have not asked for any bribe.” Sources said, the officer was mount- ing pressure on com- plainant through her middleman. The ACB team arrests (Centre) ASP Divya Mittal on Monday. OUR EDITIONS: JAIPUR MUMBAI www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia MUMBAI l TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2023 l Pages 12 l 3.00 RNI TITLE NO. MAHENG/2022/14652 l Vol 1 l Issue No. 251 MCD MAYOR POLL IN DELHI TO BE HELD ON JAN 24: LG FIR FILED OVER REMARKS ON CRICKETERS’ DAUGHTERS KERALA GOVT MAKES MASKS MUST Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has issued an order making masks compulsory in all public places on Monday. The guidelines were issued as the State is at risk of a Covid-19 resurgence. RS SESSION FROM JAN 31 TO APRIL 6 New Delhi: The 259th session of Rajya Sabha will commence on January 31 and end on April 6. Parliament’s Budget Session will begin from Jan 31 with President Droupadi Murmu’s address. New Delhi: Days after 1st meeting to elect mayor, deputy mayor of MCD was adjourned due to a ruckus in House, Delhi’s LG VK Saxena approved January 24 as date for Mayoral polls. New Delhi: Police in Delhi have registered an FIR against unidentified persons for allegedly making indecent comments on social media on the daughters of India cricketers Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. PM Narendra Modi waves to his supporters during a roadshow from Patel Chowk to Parl Street ahead of BJP meet at NDMC Convention Centre on Monday. KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM BJP’S MEETING l Over 1.3 lakh weak booths have been identified and BJP to strengthen it: Prasad l 2023 is imp to us due to polls to be held in 9 States: Nadda l Nadda lauds India’s progress under Modi l Eco-friendly meet- ing, Millet meal was served to members l There was no dis- cussion on Nadda’s soon to end tenure l Nadda likely to lead party in 2024 elec- tions Full Report on P5 ‘MODI-MODI’ CHANTS ECHO IN NEW DELHI! Black boxes data recorder recovered Pokhara: Nepalese res- cuers resumed their search on Monday for 4 persons still missing af- ter a passenger plane with 72 people, includ- ing 5 Indians. The res- cuers are having a tough time finding the remaining four passen- gers due to the difficult terrain. Meanwhile, flight data recorder and blackboxof thecrashed plane has been recov- ered Army has hand- ed over to Civil Aviation Authority officials. It’s precise follow-up action on SC direction in NJAC ruling: Min Rijiju First India Bureau New Delhi: Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said the gov- ernment’s demand for inclusion of its repre- sentatives and that of states in collegiums of the SC and HCs was the “precise follow-up ac- tion” suggested by the apex court while strik- ing down National Judi- cial Appointment Com- mission Act. Rijiju had written to CJI DY Chan- drachud in this regards. OTHER ‘SUPREME’ ORDERS l Delhi HC dismissed a plea to review its order rejecting a challenge to appt of Justice DY Chandrachud as CJI, say- ing it was filed in the guise of seeking re-hearing of peti- tion which is not permissible l SC bench led by CJI DY Chandrachud and compris- ing Justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala asked the Centre to file its response on issue by Feb 15 on a batch of petitions related to crimi- nalisation of marital rape l SC refused to entertain a plea to declare crisis in Uttarakhand’s subsidence-hit Joshimath a national disas- ter, saying since State HC is seized of a “broad range of issues” it should hear it as a matter of principle l Top Court held that default bail granted to an accused can be cancelled if a special and strong case is made out on filing of a charge sheet BSE SENSEX 60,092.97 168.21 | NSE NIFTY 17,894.85 61.75 NITIN GADKARI FELICITATES BHARAT24’S SUPER INDIANS NOSCARCITYOFFUNDS in Modi’sleadership:NitinGadkari Dr Jagdeesh Chandra speaking during the event on Monday. Dr Jitendra Singh addressing the event at Taj Palace Hotel. Arjun Ram Meghwal interacting with the audience during the event. Nitin Gadkari addressing the audience in New Delhi on Monday. Syed Umar Aditi Nagar New Delhi: Nation’s Fastest Growing Na- tional Hindi News Channel, Bharat24 or- ganised its highly an- ticipated initiative Su- per Indians at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi to honour extraor- dinary individuals for their exemplary and contribution towards the Vision of New India. Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gad- kari was the Chief Guest at the event. Him along with the Guest of Honour, Dr Jitendra Singh, MoS, PMO, fe- licitated the real heroes of New India at Bharat24’s Super Indi- ans. Arjun Ram Megh- wal, MoS for Culture and Ajay Bhatt, Minis- ter for Defence Tour- ism also spoke exclu- sively at the gala event Govinda, as the Ce- lebrity Host along with Bharat24’s known, and trusted anchors hosted multiple-panel discus- sions on topics varying from Health, Educa- tion, Business, Econo- my Culture. Nitin Gadkari and Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with Govinda, Swami Nijamritananda Puri, Dr Piyush Dwivedi, Sameer Sethi, Abhishek Sharma, Manoj Jagyasi and other dignitaries during the Bharat24’s highly anticipated initiative ‘Super Indians’ at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi on Monday. Bollywood stars Govinda and Vidyut Jamwal deliver a ‘superhit’ event Nitin Gadkari is implementing Narendra Mo- di’s vision in the development of the roads. —Dr Jagdeesh Chandra P4
  2. 2. Mumbai (PTI): A spe- cial CBI court here on Monday rejected a plea seeking to call Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani as a witness in a 1989 case related to an alleged at- tempt to murder busi- nessman Nusli Wadia. Ivan Sequeira, one of the accused in the 33-year-old case, had moved the special Cen- tral Bureau of Investi- gation (CBI) court last year seeking to exam- ine Mukesh Ambani as a witness. The central agency , which is investi- gating the case, had op- posed the plea. Special CBI court judge SP Naik Nim- balkar, after hearing both defence and pros- ecution, rejected Seque- ira’s plea. While a detailed or- der is not yet available, a lawyer explained that the court rejected the application on the grounds that the ac- cused doesn’t have as a say in deciding whom the prosecution should summon as a witness. Earlier, the central agency, in its reply to the court, said the ac- cused had no right to seek further investi- g a - tion into the case, and his appli- c a t i o n should be dismissed. Kirti Amba- ni, a former senior ex- ecutive at Reliance In- dustries Ltd (RIL) who died during the course of the trial, is the prime accused in the case. A First Information Report (FIR) was regis- tered against Kirti Am- bani and others on July 31, 1989, for allegedly conspiring to kill Wa- dia, a former chairman of Bombay Dyeing, due to business rivalry . The trial began only in 2003. NEWS MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 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 Mumbai (PTI): Shiv Sena–UddhavBalasaheb Thackeray leader and formerministerAaditya Thackeray on Monday sought to know who pro- posed the concretization of nearly400kmof roads inMumbai,daysafterhe alleged irregularities in tenders floated to repair the roads. Thackeray also asked if there was a timeline to complete the road works, and how fair is it for the administrator to propose and himself sanction the concretiza- tion of roads since the civic body has no public representative, mayor or standing committee. The BMC’s term ended in March last year and its elections are over- due. Thackeray had on Friday alleged that ten- ders for the concretiza- tion of roads in Mum- bai were floated at a higher price for the ben- efit of contractors and the same should be scrapped. First India Bureau Nashik: Thousands of farmers on Monday be- gan a protest, alleging that the Nashik District Central Co-operative (NDCC) Bank was auc- tioning assets such as land and vehicles be- longing to debtors who have been unable to re- pay their loans. The “birhad” protest, where farmers were joined by their families, was led by Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana chief Rahu Shetti and took place in front of the Malegaon home of guardian minister Dada Bhuse. The minister was not in town. Protesters claimed some 60,000 farmers have been named in NDCC’s list of default- ers,addingthatthebank has allegedly begun to auction land and vehi- cles,whichservedascol- lateral for these loans, to recover the funds. First India Bureau Mumbai: Reacting to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s visit to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland’s Davos, Shiv Sena – Ud- dhav Balasaheb Thack- eray MLA Sanjay Raut said that he should go to Gujarat before going to Davos and bring back projects that went out of the state to Gujarat. CM Shinde is set to participate in the WEF to be held in Davos, Switzerland from Janu- ary 16-20. However, according to sources, the visit is curtailed since Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Mumbai on January 19. Hitting out at the CM’s visit, Raut said, “It would be a good thing if he (Shinde) could bring Rs5 lakh crore worth investment from Davos from his two-day visit. But, pro- jects of 2.5 lakh crore have already gone out of Maharashtra to Gu- jarat. The CM should go to Gujarat and get those back first.” Shinde exuded confi- dence for a fruitful visit to the forum and stated that he will bring huge returns for Maharash- tra and India’s financial capital Mumbai. PM Modi’s visit to Mumbai will likely kick start the campaign for upcoming Brihanmum- bai Municipal Corpora- tion (BMC) polls for the ruling Bharatiya Jana- ta Party (BJP) and Bal- sahebanchi Shiv Sena, led by Shinde. While the Prime Min- ister’s Office (PMO) is yet to convey the offi- cial schedule of his visit, the programme is likely to take place at the MMRDA ground in Bandra-Kurla Complex on January 19. First India Bureau Mumbai: Deaths caused by Mumbai road accidents fell by 30% in 2022 compared to the previous year thanks to the awareness cam- paigns conducted by the traffic police, a senior official said on Monday . A total of 268 people were killed in 257 road accidents in the city last year, while 387 peo- ple lost their lives in 376 accidents in 2021, joint commissioner of police (Traffic) Pravin Padwal said, adding that the de- crease was a good sign. The number of fatal accidents has also dropped and the decline can be attributed to the frequent awareness programmes and cam- paigns conducted by the traffic police, the offi- cial said during the road safety week, which will end on January 17. “We will launch more campaigns in the coming days to make people aware about traffic norms and ways to follow them,” he said, adding that a ce- lebrity from the Hindi cinema fraternity has also been roped in to be part of a drive. Seatbelts have been made compulsory for drivers and passengers in four-wheelers, while helmets are mandatory for two-wheeler riders and those riding pillion, the official said, urging people to cooperate with the traffic police. Road accident deaths fall 30% in Mumbai: Traffic police GOOD SIGN 8 BOOKED FOR DANCING WITH AURANGZEB’S PHOTO IN WASHIM Washim: A case was registered against eight people for allegedly dancing with Aurang- zeb’s photo in the Mangrulpuir of Washim district of Maharashtra, said Mangrulpuir police inspector Sunil Hud. The incident came to light af- ter a video was circulated widely on social media. Inspector Hud said, “Some youths carried Aurangzeb’s photos dur- ing Dada Hayat Qaland- ar’s urs on Jan 01 and raised slogans. A case has been registered.” POLICE RECOVER 2 FIREARMS AFTER ENCOUNTER WITH GADCHIROLI NAXALS Nagpur: Police have recovered two firearms and a walkie-talkie charger following an encounter with 20-25 Naxals in Gadchiroli district, officials said on Monday. Heavy fire was exchanged during a skirmish that took place at around 2 pm on Sunday in Vedampalli forest. After a heavy exchange of fire between the two sides, the Naxals fled into the forest. A search yielded a “bharmar” (muzzle-loading crude firearm), a pistol, a walkie-talkie charger and other items. KITE STRING SLITS MAN’S THROAT WHILE RIDING 2-WHEELER, HE DIES TIGER POACHER TRIES TO FLEE AFTER ASSAULTING FOREST DEPT OFFICIALS Thane: Sanjay Hazare (47), a resident of Ulhasnagar, died after a kite string got entangled around his neck and slit his throat while he was riding his two-wheeler in Thane district, police said on Monday. Hazare had been heading home on a two-wheeler in Bhiwandi city on Sunday night, when a kite string got entangled around his neck, slitting his throat and causing him to hit a wall and die on the spot. An offence under section 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered, senior inspec- tor CK Kakade said. Nagpur: A man arrested along with three others after a tiger was found dead in Paoni buffer area of Pench Reserve on January 12 allegedly tried to escape from custody after assaulting forest department officials. “The four were remanded in the custody of the forest department till January 17 by a Ramtek court. Howev- er, one of the accused tried to escape after assaulting staffers on Sunday. Range Forest Officer Jayesh Tayde lodged a complaint against him in Deolapar police station,” a release from Pench Tiger Reserve Deputy Director Prabhunath Shukla said on Monday. CRUCIAL READ ‘More campaigns planned in the future to increase awareness about traffic norms how to follow them’ Traffic police personnel hold placards during a drive to raise awareness on the seatbelt rule in Mumbai. Bring back projects that went to Guj: Raut to CM Sanjay Raut —FILE PHOTO The agitation will continue until farmers are assured that harsh measures will be halted. Sena (UBT) leader hits back at Shinde amid Davos visit for World Economic Forum —FILE PHOTO RAIGAD SAW 1.5L OFFENCES IN 2022 An FIR was registered against Kirti Ambani and others on July 31, 1989, for allegedly conspiring to kill Nusli Wadia, ex- chairman of Bombay Dyeing, due to business rivalry ‘Won’tcallMukeshAmbaniaswitnessin1989case’ Coop bank auctions land, vehicles to recover loans;, farmers protest AYUSH DOC STAGE DEMONSTRATION Thane: Nearly 100 medi- cal officials practising under the AYUSH stream at rural hospitals staged an agitation at the head- quarters of the Thane Zil- la Parishad on Monday. Their demands include being made permanent in government services and given a group and class, apart from a hike in salary and compensa- tion. The Maharashtra Rajya Samudaya Arogya Adhikari Sanghatana has warned of an indefinite strike from January 23 unless government heeds their demands. ‘Mum’s concrete roads: Who proposed plan?’ Aaditya Thackeray addresses the press in Mumbai on Monday. First India Bureau Pune: Union Minister for Micro, Small and Me- diumEnterprisesNaray- an Rane on Monday said the Union government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is work- ing to ensure that the global economic slow- down does not hit the common people. He was speaking to re- porters after inaugurat- ing the G20's 1st Infra- structure Working Group (IWG) meeting in Pune. Asked about In- dia's preparedness to confront the economic slowdown situation, Rane said, Since we are in the cabinet, we get in- formation (about eco- nomic slowdown) or PM Modiji advises us on it. Currently, big devel- oped countries are fac- ing the economic slow- down, he noted. “To en- sure India is not affect- ed by the economic slowdown, which is ex- pected after June, or that it should not hap- pen, the government of India and Modiji are making efforts to en- sure citizens do not get affected by it, he said, adding that efforts were being made to bring in- dustries which can gen- erate employment. Ear- lier, Rane while inaugu- rating the two-day IWG meeting of the G20, in- formed delegates about the rich legacy of Pune. He said the G20 meet is important for long- term and sustainable economic development. India holds the G20 presidency from De- cember 01, 2022 to No- vember 30, 2023. The G20, or Group of 20, is an intergovern- mental forum of the world's major devel- oped and developing economies. Nearly 65 delegates fromIWGmembercoun- tries, guest nations and international organiza- tions invited by India will discuss the 2023 In- frastructure Agenda un- der India's G20 presiden- cy during the meet in Pune.Theflagshipprior- ity to be discussed is ‘Fi- nancing Cities of To- morrow: Inclusive, Re- silient and Sustainable’. The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, and Government of In- dia are hosting the two-day IWG meetings, with Australia and Brazil as co-chairs. Union govt working to insulate India against eco slowdown: Min Union Minister Narayan Rane addressed the 1st IWG meeting on Monday. Currently, big devel- oped coun- tries are facing an economic slow- down. To ensure In- dia is not affected by this economic slowdown, which is expected after June, the Union govern- ment and PM Modi are making efforts to ensure people are affected by it. —Narayan Rane, Union Minister —PHOTO BY PTI
  3. 3. MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 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 Mechanism is needed for regulation of stray dogs: HC First India Bureau Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday sought assistance from a non-governmental or- ganization (NGO) on the grounds that a mechanism needs to be evolved for neutering, feeding, grooming and vaccination of stray dogs in view of their high population. A division bench of Justices Gautam Patel and SG Dige said the court would like to rope in the Welfare of Stray Dogs (WSD) NGO which has been working to- wards the welfare of stray dogs for the past several decades. The court was hear- ing a petition filed by six residents of a Navi Mumbai residential complex, seeking direc- tion to the local civic body to identify and de- marcate public feeding stations for stray dogs. The residents had also challenged fines imposed on them by their housing society for feeding stray dogs. The petitioners and the Seawoods Estates Ltd (SEL), which man- agestheresidentialcom- plex,havebeenatlogger- heads over the issue. “When we have a high population of stray dogs, a mechanism has to be evolved for their neutering, collaring, vaccination and groom- ing. We have to seek the assistance of such groups that have been working towards the welfare of such dogs,” Justice Patel said. The high court said some process needs to be found to address the issue, noting the peti- tion raises a wider question about the care, upkeep and control of stray dogs as also the protection of the rights of citizens. “It would help us if some organization hav- ing expertise in such matters assists us. The Welfare of Stray Dogs is one such body . We direct for the WSD to be im- pleaded as respondent in the present petition,” the court said, posting the matter for further hearing on March 02. The court also rapped the Seawoods Estates Limited for not permitting domestic helps, drivers and oth- er service providers to the homes of the peti- tioners. When we have a high population of stray dogs, a mechanism has to be evolved for their neutering, collar- ing, vaccination and grooming. We have to seek the as- sistance of such groups that have been working to- wards the welfare of such dogs. It would help us if some or- ganization having expertise in such matters assists us. —Justice Gautam Patel, Bombay High Court The petition seeks direction to the local civic body to identify and demarcate public feeding stations for stray dogs. —FILE PHOTO Seeks help from Welfare of Stray Dogs NGO, which has exp in the area for several years MBMC under scanner yet again,this time for `750 cr garbage lifting tender bids First India Bureau Mumbai: The Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) is in hot water again, thistime,forallegedir- regularities in its gar- bage lifting tender pro- cess worth a whopping Rs750 crore. The civic body re- cently invited com- bined bids for Zones 1 and 2, for work carry- ing an annual estimat- ed price tag of Rs64 crore and Rs92 crore, respectively . According to those close to the develop- ment, the tender pro- cess is highly biased in favour of some politi- cally backed bidders. Global Waste Man- agement, Konark, An- tony Waste Handling and R and B Infra are in the race to bag the multi-crore contract envisaging lifting of garbage from the twin- city and ferrying it to Dhaavgi village dump yard in Uttan. R and B Infra has filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court, seeking judicial intervention on grounds that MBMC’s eligibility criteria is tailored to suit prede- termined bidders. The petitioner says that while Global Waste Management had been blacklisted by another civic body, documents submitted by Konark showed that it was also not eli- gible to participate in the bidding process. Although no stay has been imposed, the court has made it clear that further pro- cess would be subject to the decision of the writ petition. While the technical and price bids have been opened, the court willnextheartheissue on January 18. One of the bidders has moved the court. However, the process is transpar- ent. There are no such restrictions or stay on the tender process which is de- layed due to the im- position of the model code of con- duct. —Ravi Pawar, Deputy Municipal Commissioner A vulture sits on a pile of garbage. The twin-city generates 450 metric tonnes of waste per day. —FILE PHOTO First India Bureau Mumbai: In an attempt to prevent cars from be- ing driven and/or parked on sidewalks and to deter hawkers, the Brihanmumbai Mu- nicipal Corporation (BMC) has installed fi- bre railings or guard- rails on stretches of pavement across the city . Despite the move, cars continue to be parked on footpaths in several parts of the city, with the railings now serving as hangers for hawkers’ wares. This, in turn, has made it dif- ficult for pedestrians to navigate the pavements. At first, BMC offi- cials mooted the idea of installing railings/ guardrails and boul- ders on footpaths back in 2019. Traffic officials stated that many bikers take to riding on foot- paths during peak hours to avoid the traf- fic, thus posing a risk to pedestrians. Officials said the railing would not only deter bikers, but also hawkers. For fear of blowback, a senior BMC official, choosing anonymity, said, “These railings have been installed to make pedestrian- friendly footpaths/ pavements and to en- sure there is no en- croachment on foot- paths. It also adds to the aesthetics of the roads.” However, an on- ground visit to areas where railings have been installed tells a different tale. Railings have failed to meet their purpose with hawkers using them as hangers for their wares—from clothes, bags, footwear to flower garlands. “Footpaths have be- come a utility for hawk- ers, encroachments. These railings have be- come a vital piece of furniture for them. How is this railing helpful to pedestrians? During peak hour and congestion, footpaths with railings become even more risky,” said Saurabh Singh, a local resident. Additionally, there are also places where people have uprooted and discarded part of the railing for their convenience. Drug addicts and an- ti-social elements gath- er at footpath corners around the railing at some spots, said anoth- er local resident. Pavement guardrails: Boon for hawkers, bane for pedestrians UNSUCCESSFUL Installed to deter hawkers, BMC’s railings have failed to deliver on their promise Hawkers use guardrails to display products being sold by them in order to attract customers. —FILE PHOTO Footpaths with guardrails also attract anti-social elements and drug addicts at odd hours Man poisons kids, commits suicide; 7-yr-old succumbs Nagpur (PTI): A 45-year-old man com- mitted suicide after al- legedly poisoning his two children, one of whom died, in Nagpur city, police said on Monday. The incident took place at the deceased man’s rented home in Vaishno Devi Nagar un- der Wathoda police sta- tion area on Sunday evening, an official said. Manoj Ashok Bele had separated from his wife six years ago and as per a mutual agree- ment, his son Prince (12) and daughter Tan- ishka (7), were allowed to meet him on Sun- days, he said. On Sunday after- noon, Bele took the chil- dren home, where he flew kites with them and bought them food, the official said. When his wife’s fam- ily tried to get in touch with him, Bele failed to respond to their calls. Later, when Bele’s fa- ther-in-law went to the house and peeped in, he saw him hanging from the ceiling, while the children were lying on the floor, he said. The children were rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared the girl dead, and the boy remains in a criti- cal condition, the offi- cial said. An offence under sec- tions 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code has been regis- tered, he added. An offence under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered Civic body nod to 1.65km Juhu flyover First India Bureau Mumbai: The Brihan- mumbai Municipal Cor- poration (BMC) has passed the proposal to construct a flyover from Juhu Vile Parle Devel- opment (JVPD) scheme circle, popularly known as Juhu Circle, to Mayor Hall on Barfiwala Road. The 1.65 km-long flyo- ver, which has been in talks since 2016, will be builtatacostof Rs650.90 crore.Itwillcutthetrav- el time from Juhu to Western Express High- way to 10 minutes from the existing 45 minutes. Planning for this flyo- ver began in 2016 and the civic body accord- ingly appointed two consultants. Due to the presence of a Metro sta- tion, the path of the flyover was changed so that it passes parallel to the Metro line. The proposal passed last week by BMC chief Iqbal Singh Chahal stat- ed that the civic body has paid Rs11.16 crore to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for allow- ing construction of flyo- ver pillars on their land. According to civic officials, the flyover’s construction will likely take 36 months, exclud- ingthemonsoonseason. It will be a four-lane structure with two- lanesoneachsidewhich will help decongest the busy Juhu circle. BMC had first invit- ed bids at an estimated cost of Rs350.13 crore on August 08 last year. Due to lack of respons- es, the civic body modi- fied the project cost to Rs414.10 crore based on current rates and float- ed fresh tenders on September 29. BMC TO SPEND `79.68 CRORE ON ILLUMINATION OF SKYWALKS Mumbai: As part of its Mumbai beautification project, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will illuminate all skywalks across the city at a cost of Rs79.68 crore. The skywalks that will be covered include the ones at Borivali, Andheri, Gore- gaon, Santacruz (East), Santacruz (West), Vile Parle, Ghatkopar (East), Ghatkopar (West), Bhan- dup, Sion, Cotton Green, Nana Chowk and Wadala areas. The civic body has divided the skywalks into four categories. Electrocul Engineering has won the bid to illuminate skywalks at Borivali and Andheri under the ‘A’ category at a cost of Rs20.52 crore. The company will also work on skywalks at Cotton Green, Nana Chowk and Wadala. The bids for ‘B’ and ‘C’ categories have been bagged by ASC Power Pvt. Ltd. BMC has finalized on a bid of Rs436.29 crore for the project. —FILE PHOTO Consumer panel orders insurer to pay medical compensation of `40K First India Bureau Mumbai: Adistrictcon- sumer commission has directed a third-party administrator (TPA) to make payment of Rs40,336 MediClaim to a complainant. It set a deadline of 60 days for the compensation with 6% interest per annum. The January 09 order was passed by President of District Consumer DisputesRedressalCom- mission, RG Wankhade, and its member Shrad- dha Jalnapurkar. The complaint was filed by VikasNaikagainstMedi AssistIndiaTPAPvt.Ltd and United India Insur- ance Co. Ltd. Naik had taken a floater policy for him- self and his parents for an amount of Rs3 lakh. In 2014, Naik’s father was admitted to a hospi- tal for treatment and a claim of Rs40,336 was raised. However, he filed a complaint with the commission when his claim was neither cleared nor rejected. In his complaint, Naik said that he had made two more claims which were not fully cleared. He further stat- ed that he filed a com- plaint for all claims with a total amount of Rs80, 407. It included the uncleared amounts of the two previous claims (of Rs22,445 and Rs13,774). PROECEEDINGS
  4. 4. PERSPECTIVE MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 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 had the good fortune of meet- ing our Hon’ble Prime Minis- ter two years back. We dis- cussed tourism and travel and the opportunities these sec- tors presented before us. I got 15minutesforinteractionand true to the time, the meeting started one minute before the scheduledtimeandcontinued for a few minutes beyond. But those 15 minutes were devot- ed to focused discussion on tourism and travel. PM Modi gives undivided attention in his meetings so much so that the person meeting him feels that there is nothing more im- portant to the PM than the agenda at hand. The PM has vast and in-depth knowledge of travel and tourism that for once I got a feeling that no one can know more about it than him and that he probably has only this industry to think about. Of course, he is the PM and is aware of every little as- pect of governance in all sec- tors, but his interest and ex- pertise in travel and tourism is simply remarkable! He is the Prime Minister of the world’s second biggest countryandtheworld’slargest democracy .Youknowhewould only be thinking 30 thousand feet above, but he can have dis- cussionswhicharerightdown there at the absolute ground level. He does not indulge in macro-conversations. Let me givesomeexamplesof it.Once we were discussing what has and what has not worked for us. I said what has worked for usisthatwehavegonetosmall property owners, and helped them develop their infrastruc- ture and get revenue. What I have learned in India is that supply is the problem, not the demand.If wegetgoodquality supply at the right price, con- sumers need them and they come forward. At the same time,Indiaisanagrarianecon- omy . We have a lot of farmers in our country and people like to visit villages, experience their stay in village accommo- dations and learn from it. So PM Modi suggested “Why don’t you try village tourism? This would enable some of these farmers to create a sus- tainable long-term source of income and help urban dwell- ers experience and know what villagelifetrulyis.”Ihave alot of colleagues who hope that someday they can take their children to the village and show them how the village en- vironment feels. Now this was in the middle of Covid and we decided to go ahead and experiment with the idea. So we went to a vil- lage in Gujarat, spoke with a certain number of villagers and started doing business with them. I am so happy to state that each one of these homes fetched the villagers more than Rs 50,000 of income permonththroughoutthepan- demic. There is one of our owners, Raju bhai, who has not just one home, but got two rooms constructed. And today , he is on the path of becoming our reseller who is going and selling our services to other farmers.Hetellspeoplethathe has been using OYO and how he has benefited from this in the same environment. So one bit of conversation with PM Modi, just a minute and a half, translatedintoanopportunity for so many of our farmers. Not just OYO, any company can venture into village tour- ismthathousesalargepartof Indian population, and enable consumers to have a unique experience and create an in- dustry by itself. PM Modi has this ability to converse in terms of massive depth and massive breadth. He looks at large scale initiatives but tracks their execution very closely and this makes our Hon’ble PM truly a Startup Prime Minister. I mentioned to him that my mother for the longest time thought that me pursuing entrepreneurship was a bad idea. Some of my friends convinced me to be an entrepreneur and she felt it was not the right thing to do. The first time the PM talked about me in Startup India, my mom finally told me that what you are doing must be proba- bly right. In his interactions with oth- erindustryleaders,hediscuss- es ideas, challenges and way ahead with the same level of depth. I have heard him talk- ing about data centre expan- sion, heard him talk about re- newableenergyrightfromthe location of solar to ethanol resources, where to find the raw materials to manufacture thesepanelsinIndiaetc.When we think infrastructure, we only think of road, railway , highway . But I have heard in- dustrygroupshaveaconversa- tion about consumer electron- ics. India this year probably will be single biggest country forconsumerelectronicmanu- facturing. Very rarely do peo- ple know about it. Recently there was a big drone policy and reform measures to pro- mote India’s drone industry . India is becoming the hotbed of drone manufacturing and innovation. In each of these industries,suchlevelof depth, inmyviewisunparalleledand this is leading all these indus- tries to grow. He is an incredible listener. In an industry delegation, he would listen to every item on thee list. In one of pre-budget CII delegations, his clear per- spective was that long term valueiscreatedbyinvestingin infrastructure. So if tourism needs to expand, we should make large scale, long term infrastructureinvestment.Ke- vadia in Gujarat is a great ex- ample of this where the world’s tallest statue, the Stat- ue of Unity is. But along with that, there are rapids for raft- ing, cactus gardens, garden basedrestaurants,junglesafa- ris and what not. It is a one-of- its-kindexperienceandIhigh- ly encourage people to visit Kevadia or Ekta Nagar. This infrastructure has now al- lowed a huge hotel industry to flourish there. We can look at Kashi Assi Ghat, railway sta- tion, Shri Kashi Vishwanath - itisincrediblehowthecityhas transformed and has had a greatknock-oneffectonevery- oneintheecosystem.Whether you are an auto driver, tourist guide, someone selling temple products,youaregrowingand soisthegovernment!PMModi is a long term reformist and a value creator. 100 unicorns don’t get created out of one initiative. Quite a few things had to come together for all of us to be here. The world and our own entrepreneurial eco- system is in awe of how we have been able to get there! We are a country with a bil- lion plus people with the as- piration and inspiration to be best in world. And we have a leader who says that we are not satisfied with status quo! TO BE CONTINUED... COMPILED AND EDITED BY SHASHIKANT SHARMA AND SHWETA SHARMA I YOU READ PART 27 ON JANUARY 12, 2023 Modi - PM of the world’s second biggest country PM Modi has all the attributes of a great entrepreneur. He thinks big but first experiments on a small scale. All ideas and recommendations that can make a positive difference are executed at simply magical speeds. The narrator shows us how our PM has the uncanny ability to look through the telescope and the microscope at the same time making him the legitimate Startup PM. ‘NARENDRA MODI GIVES UNDIVIDED ATTENTION IN ALL OF HIS MEETINGS’ PM Modi gives undivided attention in his meetings so much so that the person meeting him feels that there is nothing more important to the PM than the agenda at hand. The PM has vast and in-depth knowledge of travel and tourism that for once I got a feeling that no one can know more about it than him and that he probably has only this industry to think about. Of course, he is the PM and is aware of every little aspect of governance in all sectors. ‘MODI HAS ABILITY TO CONVERSE IN TERMS OF MASSIVE DEPTH, BREADTH’ Not just OYO, any company can venture into village tourism that houses a large part of Indian population, and enable consumers to have a unique experience and create an industry by itself. PM Modi has this ability to converse in terms of massive depth and massive breadth. He looks at large scale initiatives but tracks their execution very closely and this makes our Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi truly a Startup Prime Minister. l Vol 1 l Issue No. 251 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. 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  6. 6. MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 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: The Delhi High Court on Monday granted interim bail to expelled BJP leader Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is serving life term for raping a minor girl in UP’s Unnao in 2017, to enable him to attend the wedding of his daughter. A bench suspended the sentence from January 27 to February 10 and asked Sengar to report to the SHO concerned on a daily basis during his release period. UNNAO RAPE: INTERIM BAIL TO SENGAR PM urges students to share how they prepare for exams First India Bureau New Delhi: Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi has shared snippets ti- tled ‘Your Exam, Your Methods-Choose Your Own Style’ from Exam Warriors book and urg- es students to share how they prepare for exams. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said; “In the book #Exam- Warriors, one Matra is ‘Your Exam, Your Methods - Choose Your Own Style.’ As #ParikshaPe- Charcha approaches, I urge you all to share how you prepare for ex- ams including interest- ing experiences of the same. It will surely motivate our Exam Warriors.” Meanwhile at its Na- tional Executive meet- ing that began here on Monday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also held a discussion on a strategy to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ (an interavtive event with board examinees) a success. Modi shares snippets from Exam Warriors book PARIKSHA PE CHARCHA New Delhi (PTI): BJP president JP Nadda on Monday underlined the importance of the nine stateassemblypollstobe held this year in the run up to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, and asked the party's national execu- tive to ensure it does not lose in any state. Briefing media on Na- dda’s address to the key BJP body, whose two- day meeting began here on Monday, former Un- ion minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Nadda noted that the on- going year was very im- portant in the prelude to 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The BJP is putting in place a number of exer- cises to strengthen its organisation to ensure that it comes back to power in 2024 at the Centre for a third term. Nadda, in his closed- door address, lauded India’s progress under the Modi government. It has become the world’s fifth-largest economy, second-larg- est manufacturer of mobile phones, third- largest manufacturer in the auto sector while the highway being built every day has risen to 37 km from 12 km earli- er, Nadda said. BJP NATIONAL EXECUTIVE MEET Ensure party does not lose any of 9 state polls in 2023: Nadda In his closed-door address, BJP chief lauds India’s progress under the PM Modi-led government Yogi Adityanath, Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh, ML Khattar, Amit Shah, Piyush Goyal and others at the BJP National Executive Meeting. Rahul Gandhi with supporters during the Bharat Jodo Yatra. New Delhi (ANI): BJP’s 2-day National Executive meeting that began here on Monday, is aimed at formulating the strategy for the assembly elec- tions in nine states this year and the Lok Sabha elections to be held next year. The two-day na- tional executive meeting of the BJP is being held at NDMC Convention Centre here. The BJP is focusing on issues that will fulfill the needs of the public, while the social security of Muslim women will be discussed separately. New Delhi (ANI): At the Bharatiya Janata Party National Executive Meet- ing that began here on Monday, party’s National president JP Nadda received feedback on the roles and responsibilities given to central minis- ters in 160 Lok Sabha seats where the party is not on a strong footing. The meeting coincided with the two-day meet- ing of the National Executive, one of the key decision-making bodies of the BJP, which kicks off in the Capital later on Monday. MEET AIMED AT SETTING AGENDA FOR ASSEMBLY, LS ELECTIONS KEY TAKEAWAYS OF MEET: POLITICAL AND WELCOME RESOLUTIONS Jalandhar (PTI): The Congress' Bharat Jodo Yatra resumed from Ad- ampur here in Punjab on Monday, with scores of people marching along with Rahul Gan- dhi despite biting cold. The march started from the Kala Bakra area and several Con- gress leaders, including state party chief Am- rinder Singh Raja War- ring, were seen accom- panying Gandhi. The yatra will enter Hoshiarpur district later in the day as part of its journey in Punjab and will halt for the night at Urmar Tanda. The march, which started from Kanyaku- mari in Tamil Nadu on September 7, will con- clude in Srinagar by January 30, with Gan- dhi hoisting the nation- al flag in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Bharat Jodo Yatra resumes from Adampur New Delhi (ANI): Del- hi CM Arvind Kejriwal led a foot march of Aam AAP MLAs to Lieuten- ant Governor VK Saxe- na’s home as a mark of protest against alleged interference of LG in Delhi govt’s decisions. The Aam Aadmi Par- ty accused the Lieuten- ant Governor of reject- ing a proposal to send Delhi school teachers to Finland for training. However,theLieutenant Governor’s office has, denied rejecting any proposal and has said he only advised the state to record a cost-benefit analysis. The people of Delhi elect our govern- ment. It is taxpayers’ money . For Delhi’s edu- cation. What problem does the LG have? He and other AAP MLAs carried placards reading: “Mr LG, allow the teachers to go to Finland”. AAP vs LG: Kejriwal leads march over Delhi teachers’ Finland tour Bhopal (ANI): Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugu- rated the two-day Think-20 meeting un- der G-20 at Kushabhau Thakre International Convention Centre) here on Monday . Addressing the inau- gural session, Chouhan said, “We heartily wel- come all the delegates in the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh. We treat guests like ‘God’. In our country, we have a tradition of Atithi Devo Bhava (the guest is God). Today , I feel that Bhopal has become the intellectual capital.” “We will work for with a notion of ‘One Earth, One Family and One Furture’. There is one earth and it is for every- one. One family repre- sents that the entire world is a family in which trees and wildlife are also incldued with humna being,” the Mad- hya Pradesh CM added. MP CM Chouhan inaugurates Think-20 meet under G-20 Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Think 20 meeting, in Bhopal on Monday. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal leads the protest march on Monday. New Delhi (ANI): RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will address a meeting at Shaheed Minar ground in Kolkata on 23 January, the birth anni- versary of Netaji Sub- hash Chandra Bose. The programme will be organized at the Shaheed Minar ground in Kolkata. Sources said that, Sangh chief can give an important mes- sage on sensitive issues like amended citizen- ship law, and birth con- trol bill. Preparations for this meeting are go- ing on in full swing. Sangh sources said, Bhagwat will talk about Netaji’s ideology , and vi- sion, and how he fought for the freedom of the country. Thousands of volunteers from across the state will partici- pate in the program. They say that Bhagwat is expected to arrive in Calcutta on January 18. Born to advocate Janakinath Bose in Od- isha's Cuttack on Janu- ary 23, 1897, Netaji went on to play a key role in the freedom movement. Bose is also known for establishing the Azad Hind Fauj. While there is contro- versy over Bose's death in a plane crash in Tai- pei on August 18, 1945, the Central government had in an RTI in 2017 confirmed that he had died in the incident. Bhagwat to attend Netaji’s birth anniv event in WB on Jan 23 Jammu and Kashmir (ANI): Terror strikes in Uri in 2016 and the Pul- wama attack of 2019 were “orchestrated” by the Central government according to National Conference (NC) leader Sheikh Mustafa Kamal who on Monday alleged that there were no pho- tos or bodies of the sol- diers and that those who had lost their lives in the two terror at- tacks belonged to the Scheduled Caste (SC) categories. Thus, he has started a new row. New Delhi (PTI): The 259th session of Rajya Sabha will commence on January 31 and end on April 6. Finance Minister Nirmala Si- tharaman will present the Union Budget 2023- 24 on February 1. “The President has sum- moned the Rajya Sabha to meet on Tuesday, the 31st January 2023, at New Delhi. Subject to exigencies of business, the Session is sched- uled to conclude on Thursday, the 6th April 2023,” a statement said. Uri, Pulwama attacks planned by GoI: NC leader Rajya Sabha session from Jan 31 to April 6 Prime Minister Narendra Modi. —PHOTO BY ANI PM MODI, HM SHAH EXTEND GREETINGS TO PEOPLE ON THIRUVALLUVAR DAY New Delhi (FIB): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid homage to Thiruvalluvar on Thiruvalluvar Day and recalled his noble thoughts. PM also urged the youth to read the Kural. The PM tweeted: “On Thiruvalluvar Day, I pay homage to the wise Thiruvalluvar and recall his noble thoughts. Diverse in nature, they are a source of great motivation for people from all walks of life. I would also urge the youth to read the Kural.” Union Home Minister Amit Shah also extended his warm greetings to the people on Thiruvalluvar day. In his tweet, Shah said that for centuries after centuries, the divine wisdom and life lessons taught by Thiruvalluvar have guided the path to a pious life. Shah wished that the day may unleash a nationwide renewed interest in reading of Thiruvalluvar books among the youth. PM Narendra Modi with BJP chier JP Nadda at the meeting. PM NARENDRA MODI ATTENDS BJP NATIONAL EXECUTIVE MEETING New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi on Monday attended the two-day National Executive meeting of the BJP at the NDMC Convention Centre here. BJP national president JP Nadda, Union Ministers including Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled States and other party leaders also participated in meeting. Sources said the three resolutions of the National Executive meeting encompass political, economic and international affairs. GIVE 15% REBATE ON SCHOOL FEES WILL APPOINT NEW DGP IN FEB: J’KHAND `200 CR EXTORTION: CHARGE SHEET FILED 72-YEAR-OLD CASE FINALLY SETTLED DELHI: BJP MLAs PROTEST WITH OXYGEN MASKS, CYLINDERS CONVENIENT POLITICS IS NOT ADVISABLE: RIJIJU TO KEJRIWAL MOM STRUGGLED TO ADAPT TO INDIA, HATED POLITICS: PGV Prayagraj: All schools in the state will have to calcu- late 15% of the total fees charged during the 2020-21 academic year and adjust it in the next session, the Allahabad High Court has said. Students who dropped out can claim a refund of 15% on the fees paid by them during the session. New Delhi: The Jharkhand government on Monday told the Supreme Court it has received the names of three senior IPS officers from the UPSC and would appoint one of them as the new director general of police on February 12 after the current police chief demits office. New Delhi: The Police on Monday filed a supple- mentary charge sheet in connection with the Rs 200 crore extortion case involving alleged fraudster Sukesh Chandrashekhar who has been accused of impersonating top govern- ment officials in order to extort about Rs 200 crore. Kolkata: Contry’s oldest litigation of a 72-year-old case was finally disposed off by the Calcutta High Court recently. The case pertained to the liquidation of the erstwhile Berhamp- ore Bank Ltd. A bench de- cided the country’s longest legal dispute, a report in a section of the media said. New Delhi: BJP MLAs entered the Delhi Assembly with oxygen masks and cylinders on Monday to protest against the alleged inaction of the AAP govt on tackling pollution, as both parties crossed swords in the House on the first day of the Winter Session. New Delhi (ANI): Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday while replying to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said convenient politics is not advisable, especially in the name of the Judiciary, adding that the Constitution of India is su- preme and nobody is above it. Tussle erupted after Kiren Rijiju recently wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of India and pitched for the inclusion of government representatives in the collegium. Bengaluru (PTI): Italy-born Sonia Gandhi initially struggled to learn Indian traditions and disliked politics, her daughter and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said on Monday. At a wom- en-centric convention here, she said she was brought up by two brave and strong women — her grandmother Indira Gandhi and mother Sonia Gandhi. She recalled that she was eight-years-old when Indira Gandhi lost her 33-year-old son. But the very next day of Sanjay Gandhi’s death, she went to work to serve the nation and that was the sense of duty and her “inner shakti”. Indira Gandhi continued to serve the nation until she died. IN THE COURTYARD Wayanad (PTI): An all-party-meeting heldhereonMonday , following the rise in number of man-ani- mal conflicts in the forest district, decid- ed that there should be an increase in the compensation paid to the victims of such attacks. Kerala Forest Minister AK Sa- seendran said only the state cabinet can take a final de- cision on increas- ing the compensa- tion to the animal attack victims. “The recommenda- tion of the all-party- meeting in this re- gard will be submit- ted before the cabi- net meeting chaired by the CM,” he said. Kerala: All party meet over animal attack cases
  7. 7. MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 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 First India Bureau Dehradun: The Uttara- khand government has taken a big decision re- garding Joshimath, which is crumbling due to land subsidence. Like Kedarnath,nowthegov- ernment of Uttara- khand will also rebuild Joshimath affected by landslide. Uttarakhand Disaster Management Secretary Ranjit K Sin- ha has given this infor- mation. He said that CM Pushkar Singh Dhami has given instructions in this regard. Sinha said in a press conference on Monday that ‘Joshimath will be redeveloped in the same way as Kedarnath was redeveloped. CM has di- rected that scientific investigation should be done in all the cities lo- cated in the mountains, we will do it. Joshimath will be rebuilt like Kedarnath: Uttarakhand Govt Labourers re-construct a wall which got damaged as a result of land subsidence, in Joshimath. State disaster management secy says it will be redeveloped in same manner like Kedarnath was GangaVilasCruisegets stuckinBihar’sChhapra Chhapra (ANI): The flagship Ganga Vilas Cruise, which was inau- gurated by Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi last week, got stuck on the third day of its 51- day journey in Bihar’s Chhapra due to shallow water in the Ganga, of- ficials said on Monday . The cruise which was scheduled to dock at the shore for the tourists to visit Chi- rand, an archaeological site, got stuck because of water deficiency in the Ganges near the Do- riganj area of the dis- trict. Chirand Saran, situated 11 km south- east of Chhapra near Doriganj Bazar, is the most important archae- ological site of the dis- trict. Stupanuma fill- ings built on the banks of the Ghaghra river are seen to be associat- ed with Hindu, Bud- dhist and Muslim influ- ences. However, owing to the shallow water at the shore, it was diffi- cult to bring the cruise to the shore, the offi- cials said on Monday . Agnipath game changer in making armed forces future-ready: PM New Delhi, Jan 16 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated first batch of Ag- niveers on being the pioneers of the Ag- nipath scheme, assert- ing that it is a trans- formative policy and a game changer in strengthening the armed forces and mak- ing them future-ready. Virtually addressing the new recruits, he said this “path-break- ing” scheme will fur- ther empower women. According to an of- ficial statement, the prime minister said the young Agniveers will make the armed forces more youthful and tech-savvy. De- fence Minister Rajnath Singh called the Ag- nipath scheme one of the “most important and unprecedented re- forms” in the armed forces. Addressing the Agniveers, the prime minister said techno- logically-advanced sol- diers will play a “key role” in our armed forces, and added that the current generation of youth especially has this potential and Ag- niveers will play a leading role in the forc- es in the times to come. PM Modi, Rajnath Singh, Chiefs of three Defence Services at video conferencing on Agnipath. PM MODI HAILS NEW SCHEME SHELTER, FOOD FOR VICTIMS AT GURDWARA GANGA VILAS “OBSCENE” AND A THREAT TO GANGETIC DOLPHIN: JAIRAM RAMESH MAMATA BANERJEE LAMENTS LACK OF CENTRAL AID FOR GANGASAGAR MELA New Delhi (ANI): Addressing first batch of Agniveers, PM Narendra Modi on Monday highlighted that this transformative policy will be a game changer in strengthen- ing our Armed Forces and making them future-ready. Under the Agnipath scheme, announced on June 14 last year, services are recruiting youths between age of 17-and- half years and 21 years. New Delhi (Agencies): Joshimath Gurdwara has become a shelter for victims of land subsidence as well as rescue personnel in the Utta- rakhand town. Sri Hemkund Sahib manages the gurd- wara, which is dedicated to the 10th Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh.A media report quoted Joshimath Gurdwara manager Seva Singh as say- ing: “More than 700 houses and around 15 hotels are affected in Joshimath.” New Delhi: While inaugu- rating the world’s largest longest river cruise titled Ganga Vilas, PM Narendra Modi called it “a new age of tourism in India”, but on the other hand, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh has termed the service “ob- scene”. Taking to Twitter, the Congress leader said that the service would also endanger India’s national aquatic mam- mal. “The river cruise on the Ganga unveiled by the PM is obscene! Who can afford Rs 50 lakh per night except the filthy rich? Ganga is still neither Nirmal nor Aviral. Now this Tamasha will also endanger India’s national aquatic mammal — the Gangetic dolphin,” Ramesh wrote in his tweet. Sagardighi: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Monday rued the “lack of central aid” for the annual Gangasagar mela, which is attended by lakhs of pilgrims, and said her government would con- tinue to bear the expenses as per its capability. Banerjee noted that 70 lakh pilgrims have taken holy dip at the congregation this year. “At least 70 lakh people visited Gangasagar Mela this year from all over the country. They have crossed water- ways to reach the (Sagar) island. Throughout the year, one crore people visit Gan- gasagar. It’s our ill luck that the Centre, despite the heavy footfall, does not spend a single penny on the event,” Banerjee said here. PM TALKS TO AGNIVEERS New Delhi (ANI): PM Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with Agniveers through a video conference. De- fence Minister Rajnath Singh was also present. Earlier on January 11, Brig Suresh G, Commandant, 1 EME Centre, briefed media at the Agniveers Training and Administration and Newly Conceptionalised and Constructed Out- door Musketry Facility, in Secunderabad. “New India is filled with re- newed vigour, and efforts are under- way to modernise our armed forces as well as make them Aat- manirbhar.” —Narendra Modi, PM First India Bureau Dharwad: Union Min- ister of Youth Affairs and Sports Informa- tion and Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur addressed valedictory of 26th National Youth Festival in Dharwad, Karnataka on Monday. The five-day event was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi on Thursday . Speaking on the occa- sion, Thakur invited the youth to join Y-20 Talks and Y-20 Walks and prepare documents for G-20 leaders sug- gesting solutions on various important is- sues. The Minister urged the young generation to actively join govern- ment initiative to build a clean, beautiful, em- powered nation. Outlin- ing the various youth welfare measures initi- ated by the Narendra Modi Government Thakur urged that these measures should be utilized effectively in nation-building. He expressed happi- ness over the successful conduct of the National Youth Festival which was celebrated as Green Festival in Hub- li-Dharwad. The Minis- ter underlined the need for waste reduction ini- tiatives in life to build a clean India. He called upon the youth to take a pledge in this regard. Thakur said the Na- tional Youth Festival symbolizes unity and integrity as it literally creates a miniature of India. The Minister asked the youth repre- sentatives to share with others the messages they carry back from the youth fete. He noted that the country has achieved unprecedented growth and progress in almost all sectors. The 2019-20 National Youth Awards were conferred on 19 individuals and six or- ganizations for excel- lent work and contribu- tion in different fields on the occasion. Thakur addresses valedictory function in Dharwad 26TH NATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVAL Union IB Minister asks Youth to take initiatives to build a Clean, Beautiful, Empowered Nation Union IB Minister Anurag Thakur addressing the function. CRUCIAL READ Jabalpur: A group of three youths allegedly gang- raped a 12-year-old girl under Chargawan police station limits in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur district, a police official said on Monday. The incident occurred on Sunday evening around 6 pm and all the accused of the case were arrested. The accused have been identifed as Pancham Thakur (22), Brijesh Thakur (around 22 years old) and Bali Thakur (23 years old). 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL GANG-RAPED IN MP’S JABALPUR; THREE ACCUSED ARRESTED Mahoba: A 24-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a woman here, police said on Monday. The incident happened in an area under Mahobakanth police station area on Sunday night, they said. According to the police, the 20-year-old woman from the same village as the accused was sleeping when the man barged into her house and raped her. MAN HELD FOR RAPING 20-YEAR-OLD WOMAN IN UTTAR PRADESH’S MAHOBA RANCHI AIRPORT GETS INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM New Delhi: The Airports Authority of India has commissioned Facility Performance Category-I Instrument Landing System for Runway-31 at its Birsa Munda air- port at Ranchi, the au- thority said on Monday. The new ILS replaced the existing facility that had completed its recommended life span. Birsa Munda Airport has been witnessing a steady increase in passenger movement. Jammu: Police on Monday arrested an inter-state narcotics sup- plier in JK’s Anantnag district, officials said. A police team conducted raids in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district and arrested Shamas-ud-din Ganai. He was brought to Samba and interro- gated by police, they said. Police said that Ganai, who hails from Bijbehara in Anantnag, was wanted in JK, Punjab and other states. INTER-STATE DRUG SUPPLIER HELD IN JK’S ANANTNAG ‘SINKING’ JOSHIMATH CM SUKHU HOLDS MEET TO PRE-EMPT JOSHIMATH-LIKE CRISIS IN HIMACHAL ‘MORE JOSHIMATH ABOUT TO HAPPEN’ MEHBOOBA AIRS JK’S CONCERNS Shimla: In the wake of the Joshimath land subsid- ence, the Himachal Pradesh government has swung into action to avert the possibility of such incidents in the state. Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu held a meeting on Monday, with disaster management officers and DCs of all the districts at the secretariat regarding the pos- sibilities of such incidents in Himachal Pradesh. After the Joshimath incident in Uttara- khand, the Himachal Pradesh government has also swung into action. CM Sukhu held a meeting with disaster management officers and DCs of all the districts at the secretariat on Monday. Pithoragarh: Alleging use of explosives beyond permis- sible limit in widening of a border road in Dharchula, Congress MLA Harish Dha- mi on Monday said he will not let it “become another Joshimath”. “The company widening the 36 km road from Baluakot to Tawaghat is using explosives.” Srinagar: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has slammed the govt for its “recklessness” in not limit- ing number of pilgrims and extending roads in JK, warning that Amarnath and Vaishno Devi can face a Joshimath-like situation. “Joshimath is just the tip of the iceberg,” she said. EC starts discussion with parties over remote voting machines New Delhi (PTI): Amid decision by various op- position parties to op- pose the Election Com- mission’s proposal to introduce the remote voting machine for mi- grant workers, the poll panel on Monday began a discussion with par- ties on the politically sensitive subject. After remarks by Chief Election Com- missioner Rajiv Kumar, the poll watchdog will demonstrate to the rep- resentatives of political parties the remote elec- tronic voting machine (RVM). It has invited repre- sentatives of eight na- tional, and 57 recog- nised state parties for a demonstration here. EC has maintained that the RVM, developed by the public sector undertak- ing Electronics Corpo- ration of India, will be a stand alone device not connected to the inter- net in any way . The initiative, if im- plemented, can lead to a “social transforma- tion” for migrants, the EC had said last month. Traffic restored on Jammu- Srinagar NH First G20 Health Working Group meeting in Kerala New Delhi (PTI): The first Health Working Group meeting under India’s G20 presidency will be held in Thiru- vananthapuram during January 18-20, the Un- ion Health Ministry said on Monday . Trackinghealthemer- gencies, preparedness and response, strength- ening cooperation in the pharmaceutical sector, and digital health inno- vation and solutions are the three priorities un- derhealthforIndiainits G20 presidency , the min- istry said. Health emergencies prevention, and prepar- ednessandresponsewith a focus on One Health and antibiotic resistance is top on the agenda, and India will aim to play a major role in converging discussions in multiple forums for global health architecture and act as anenablertoreducefrag- mentation and duplica- tion, it said. Ramban (ANI): Jam- mu-Srinagar national highway was closed on Monday due to shooting stones near Ramban, af- fecting vehicular move- ment for several hours. However, NH-44 is through for traffic after clearance now. Inform- ing about the develop- ment, Mohita Sharma, SSP Ramban tweeted, “NH 44 through for traf- fic after clearance. Travel with caution”.
  8. 8. MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 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 56,701.00 314.00 0.55 (Per 10g) SILVER 70,054.00 1173.00 1.67 (Per 1kg) COMMODITIES Currency Price Change % Chg USDINR 81.59 0.21 0.25 GBPINR 99.58 0.11 0.11 CURRENCIES Sales momentum to continue in 2023 Greater Noida (FIB): Tata Motors, Kia India and Hyundai are expecting sales momentum to con- tinue this year as well after witnessing robust growth in dispatches to dealers in the last year. Tata Motors, which crossed five lakh cumula- tive wholesale mark in 2022, is hopeful of robust performance this year on the back of new launches as well as better traction for its internal combustion engine models, electric ve- hicles and CNG trims. “It (sales growth) will be steep, hopefully, it will not be as steep as it was be- cause the denominator used to be lower, now it is becoming higher,” Tata Motors Managing Director – PV and EV Shailesh Chandra told PTI. When asked if the sales growth would be in single or double digits, he said: “Double digit penetration is what we are looking at.” TaMo, KIA, HYUNDAI EXPECT ROBUST PERFORMANCE z Tata Motors, which crossed five lakh cumulative wholesale mark in 2022, is hopeful of robust performance this year on the back of new launches as well as better traction for its internal combustion engine models, electric vehicles and CNG trims. business BRIEFS New Delhi (PTI): Contri- butions to mutual fund schemes through SIPs remain unfazed from the market volatility in 2022 with inflow growing to `1.5 lakh crore in 2022, a surge of 31% from a year earlier, due to higher retail participation. In compari- son, an inflow of `1.14 lakh crore through the route was registered in 2021 and `97,000 crore in 2020, data with the AMFI showed. Going ahead, SIP numbers are expected to continue to remain strong in 2023 as investors are increasingly appreciating the impor- tance of regular investing through the route. Greater Noida (PTI): Hyundai Motor India will increase its production capacity to 8.2 lakh units annually from June this year as it looks to reduce backlog orders with im- provement in semicon- ductor supply issues, ac- cording to top company officials. The company, which is among the worst hit automobile manufac- turers by chip shortage, currently has a backlog order of around 1.15 lakh units, with majority of them being its popular SUVs -- Creta and Venue. HYUNDAI INDIA TO RAISE PRODUCTION CAPACITY FROM JUNE MUTUAL FUNDS' SIP COLLECTION JUMPS 31% TO `1.5 LAKH CR New Delhi (PTI): Around 58% of developers expect housing prices to in- crease this year because of rise in input costs, ac- cording to a survey. As per ‘Real Estate Develop- ers Sentiment Survey’, by Realtors apex body CRE- DAI, real estate consult- ant Colliers India and property research firm Li- ases Foras, 43% of devel- opers expect residential demand to remain stable in 2023, while 31% feel the demand would in- crease up to 25%. 58% BUILDERS EXPECT HOUSING PRICES TO RISE New Delhi (PTI): Maruti Suzuki India on Monday said it has hiked prices of its vehicles across mod- els by about 1.1%. This is the second price hike that the carmaker is undertak- ing in the ongoing fiscal year, after increasing it in April 2022. In December last year, the company had said it would hike prices of its vehicles to offset the impact of rising input costs and make provisions to update the model range to conform to stricter emission norms which will kick in from April 2023. MSI HIKES VEHICLE PRICES BY 1.1% ACROSS MODELS *Rates till the edition went to print. AXIS TOPS RE-BOND LEAGUE TABLE FOR 16TH YEAR IN A ROW Mumbai (PTI): Axis Bank has trumped every competitor for the 16th consecutive year in 2022 as a ru- pee domestic bond issue arranger, cornering 19.20% market share or `92,904.5 crore across 127 issuances. The second posi- tion in the list is maintained by ICICI Bank with a market share of 17.67% or `85,486 crore and HDFC Bank third with 17.29% or `83,667 crore of the total share. INDIA’S EXPORTS DECLINE OVER 12% Y-O-Y IN DEC 2022 New Delhi (PTI): India’s exports in December 2022 dipped by 12.2% to $34.48 billion as against $39.27 billion in the same month last year. Imports in Dec 2022 also declined to $58.24 billion as against $60.33 billion in the same month last year. During April-Dec this fiscal the coun- try’s overall exports rose by 9% to $332.76 billion. Imports during the period increased by 24.96% to $551.7 billion. IMPORTS OF COVID-19 VACCINES EXEMPTED FROM CUSTOMS DUTY TILL MARCH 31 New Delhi (PTI): The government has exempted customs duty on imports of Covid-19 vaccines till March 31, 2023 in a bid to ensure domestic availability amid fears of a surge in coronavirus infections. In a notification, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said Covid vaccines, when imported into India by central government or state governments, would be exempt from the whole of customs duty from January 14, 2023 till March 31, 2023. The government had, in April 2021, first exempted Covid-19 vaccines from 10% customs duty. PAYTM PAYMENTS BANK GETS NOD TO OPERATE AS BHARAT BILL PAYMENT OPERATING UNIT New Delhi (PTI): Paytm Payments Bank on Monday said it has received final approval from the Reserve Bank of India to operate as a Bharat Bill Payment Operat- ing Unit (BBPOU). Under Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS), a BBPOU is allowed to facilitate bill payment services of electricity, phone, DTH, water, gas insurance, loan repayments, FASTag recharge, education fees, credit card bill and municipal taxes. BBPS is owned by the National Payments Corporation of India. OTHER STORIES IN INDIA, 1% own more than 40% of total wealth Davos (PTI): The richest 1% in India now own more than 40% of the country’s total wealth, while the bot- tom half of the population together share just 3% of wealth, new study showed. Releasing the India sup- plement of its annual ine- quality report on the first day of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting here,rightsgroupOxfamIn- ternational said that taxing India’s ten-richest at 5% can fetch entire money to bring children back to school. “A one-off tax on unreal- ized gains from 2017–2021 on just one billionaire, Gautam Adani, could have raised `1.79 lakh crore, enough to employ more than five million Indian primary school teachers for a year,” it added. The report titled ‘Sur- vival of the Richest’ fur- ther said that if India’s bil- lionaires are taxed once at 2% on their entire wealth, it would support the re- quirement of `40,423 crore for the nutrition of mal- nourished in the country for the next three years. “A one-time tax of 5% on the 10 richest billionaires in the country (`1.37 lakh crore) is more than 1.5 times the funds estimated by the Health and Family Welfare Ministry (`86,200 crore) and the Ministry of Ayush (`3,050 crore) for the year 2022-23,” it added. On gender inequality, the report said that female workers earned only 63 paise for every 1 rupee a male worker earned. For SC and rural work- ers, the difference is even starker -- the former earned 55% of what the advan- taged social groups earned, and the latter earned only half of the urban earnings between 2018 and 2019. “Taxing the top 100 In- dian billionaires at 2.5%, or taxing the top 10 Indian billionaires at 5% would nearly cover the entire amount required to bring the children back into school,” it added. Davos (PTI): The richest 1% have bagged nearly twice as much wealth as the rest of the world population put together over the past two years, a new report said on Monday. Oxfam further said that billionaire for- tunes are increasing by $2.7 billion a day even as at least 1.7 billion workers now live in countries where inflation is outpacing wages. The richest 1% have grabbed nearly two- thirds of all new wealth worth $42 trillion created since 2020, almost twice as much money as the bottom 99% of the world’s population. NETWORTH OF RICHEST-1% DOUBLE OF REST OF WORLD WEALTH OF ULTRA-WEALTHY TO CONTINUE TO RISE IN 2023: SURVEY New Delhi (PTI): Nearly 9 out of 10 ultra-high-net-worth indi- viduals in India saw an increase in wealth during in 2022, and the super rich expect their wealth to grow further this year, according to a Knight Frank survey. Among Indian respond- ents, the consultant said 88% saw a rise in UHNWI’s (ultra- high-net-worth individuals) wealth in 2022. Going forward, the Indian respondents expect wealth of the ultra-wealthy to continue to increase in 2023. While 47% expect wealth to increase by more than 10%, 53% expect wealth to rise by at least 10% over the previous year. INDIA INC MAY DOLE OUT 9.8% SALARY HIKE IN 2023: SURVEY New Delhi (PTI): India Inc is likely to see an average salary increment of 9.8% in 2023, slightly higher than a 9.4% hike in 2022, and for top talent the increase will be much more, says a survey. According to Korn Ferry’s latest India Compen- sation Survey, organizations are focused on retaining critical and key talent through various talent management initiatives and formal retention and compensation plans. New Delhi (PTI): The wholesale price-based in- flation declined to a 22-month low of 4.95% in December 2022, mainly due to fall in prices of food ar- ticles, espe- cially vegeta- bles, and oil- seeds. Last month, de- clining prices of vegeta- bles and onions pulled down inflation rate of food articles to (-)1.25%. How- ever, wheat, pulses and po- tato remained expensive, along with protein rich items like milk and 'egg, meat and fish'. The last low level of WPI inflation was recorded in February 2021 at 4.83%. Tel Aviv (PTI): The newly- elected President of the Is- rael-Asia Chamber of Com- merce, Anat Bernstein-Re- ich, who has worked to promote Indo-Israel bilat- eral trade for more than two decades, has said the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Israel and India will act as a catalyst in fulfilling the huge trade potential. “India and Israel trade relations have reached new heights but have still not fulfilled their potential. The long-awaited Free Trade Agreement will be a catalyst for the same”, Bernstein-Reich said. WPI inflation at 22-month low of 4.95% in Dec ‘FTA will boost India-Israel relationship’ RIL suspends auction of gas from KG-D6 Global recession likely in 2023: WEF survey New Delhi (PTI): Reliance Industries Ltd and its part- ner bp plc on Monday sus- pended a planned auction for the sale of natural gas from their eastern offshore KG-D6 block after the gov- ernment altered marketing rules to cap margins. In a notice, Reliance and its partner BP Exploration (Alpha) Ltd (BPEAL) said the auction has been sus- pended indefinitely . E-bidding for the sale of 6 million standard cu- bic meters per day of gas was originally planned for January 18 but was later pushed back first to January 19 and then to January 24. On January 13, the Min- istry of Petroleum and Natural Gas published new rules for the sale and resale of gas produced from dis- coveries in deep sea, ultra- deep water and high pres- sure-high temperature ar- eas with marketing and pricing freedom. Davos (PTI): A global re- cession is likely in 2023, but pressures on food, energy and inflation may be peak- ing, the WEF said on Mon- dayinitsChief Economists Outlook survey . At the same time, some economies in the South Asia region, including Bangladesh and India, may benefit from global trends such as a diversification of manufacturing supply chains away from China, the report said. The WEF said globally businesses are expected to cut costs significantly in response to economic head- winds, but chief econo- mists are optimistic about inflation and strong bal- ance sheets. A majority of the World Economic Forum’s Com- munity of Chief Econo- mists expect to see geopo- litical tensions continuing to shape the global econo- my, and anticipate further monetary tightening in the United States and Europe. Almost two-thirds of chief economists believe a global recession is likely in 2023. Mumbai (PTI): Bench- mark equity index Sensex and Nifty gave up early gains and ended lower on Monday as investor senti- ment was hit due to una- bated foreign fund outflows and losses in index heavy- weights Reliance Indus- tries and HDFC Bank. The 30-share BSE Sensex declined 168.21 points or 0.28% to settle at 60,092.9. The broader NSE Nifty dipped 61.75 points or 0.34% to end at 17,894.85. From the Sensex pack, Axis Bank, NTPC, HDFC, HDFC Bank, MM, ICICI Bank, RIL and Maruti were among the major laggards. Tech Mahindra, HCL Technologies, Infosys, Wipro, TCS and Power Grid were among the major winners. Sensex drops 168 pts; Nifty below 17,900 Mumbai (PTI): The rupee pared initial gains and settled 21 paise lower at 81.59 (provisional) against the US dollar on Monday, tracking a rebound in the greenback overseas and a muted trend in domestic equities. At the interbank foreign exchange market, the rupee opened on a positive note at 81.29 against the greenback, but pared the gains and fell to an intra-day low of 81.73. The domestic currency finally settled at 81.59. ` FALLS 21 PAISE TO CLOSE AT 81.59/$
  9. 9. MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 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 Guide your days with a rich and inspiring vision for your future, be clear about your life’s highest objectives. —Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO Editor-in-Chief, First India First India Bureau Mumbai: The picture regardingthecandidates in the elections for the Teacher-GraduateLegis- lative Council to be held in the state is now clear. The deadline for with- drawal of nomination papers was till 3 pm on Monday , January 16. In fact,severaldramaticde- velopments took place since morning and espe- ciallyinNashikconstitu- ency . Finally , till three o'clock, Shumbhagi Patil did not withdraw her ap- plication, but with the withdrawal of BJP sup- porters Dhanraj Vispute and Dhananjay Jadhav, there will be a direct fight between Satyajit Tambe, Shubhangi Patil and Subhash Jungle in Nashik. What is more shocking is the fact that Shindefaction'sowncan- didate is not contesting on any of the five seats. NASHIK CONSTITUENCY Shubhangi Patil was not available since this morning. It was dis- cussed that BJP is try- ing to get Patil to with- draw her candidature. Due to this there were rumors that Shubhangi Patil would withdraw her candidature. But, this prospect failed. On the other hand, Baban- rao Gholap, a former minister of the Thack- eray group, demanded to support Subhash Jan- gle instead of support- ing Shubhangi Patil. However, no official po- sition has been an- nounced from the Thackeray group in this regard. This will lead to a fight between Satyajit Tambe, Shubhangi Patil and Subhash Jungle. Also, six people with- drew their candidature and a total of 16 candi- dates are in the fray . NAGPUR CONSTITUENCY The Nagpur teachers' constituency also saw dramatic twists and turns. Gangadhar Na- kade was fielded by the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Bala- saheb Thackeray) group in Nagpur, but he with- drew the application. In Nagpur, there will be a direct fight between sit- tingBJPMLANagoGun- nerandSudhakarAdbole of Congress. But along with this Satish Itkelwar of NCP has not with- drawn his application, so NCP has taken action againsthimandsuspend- ed him from the party . AMRAVATI CONSTITUENCY In Amravati graduate constituency, Con- gress's Dheeraj Lingade and BJP's sitting MLA Ranjit Patil will contest. KONKAN CONSTITUENCY Sitting MLA Balram Pa- til is Mahavikas Agha- di's candidate from Konkan Teachers' con- stituency. He has been given another chance and Mahavikas Aghadi has also shown its sup- port. BJP's Dnyanesh- war Mhatre has been fielded against him. AURANGABAD CONSTITUENCY The Aurangabad teach- ers' constituency has been with the Nation- alist Congress Party for many years. Sitting MLA Vikram Kale has been given another chance. On the other hand, BJP has fielded Kiran Patil imported from Con- gress. Since Kale has already served two terms, this election is not that difficult for him. Now voting will be held on all these five seats on January 30. The counting of votes will take place on February 2, 2023. First India Bureau Mumbai: National President of the Repub- lican Party of India, Deepak Sadashiv Ni- kalje, organized a press conference in which, while addressing the media, he said that the nationalconventionwill be held in the Chembur area on January 18. Af- ter becoming the Na- tional President of the Republican Party of In- dia, under the leader- ship of Deepak Nikalje, this will be the first na- tional convention. Nikalje said that vari- ous issues will be raised in the national conven- tion. Workers reaching from all the states will be told about the wrong policies of the govern- ment so that it will be helpful in solving the questions of the general public by raising the is- sue in front of the pub- lic representatives. Deepak Nikalje is also the younger brother of underworld don Chhota Rajan, due to which his imageinthegeneralpub- lic is always controver- sial. On January 13, un- derworld don Chhota Rajan's birthday was celebrated at different locations in Mumbai, in whichMumbaiPolicear- rested 7 people. On ask- ingthisquestion,Nikalje thumped his chest and said, Yes, I am Chhota Rajan'sbrother,Ialsocel- ebrated my birthday . Nikalje added, “If people respect him, then he should be allowed to celebrate his birthday . No one should have any objection if Chhota Ra- jan's birthday is cele- brated. Accusing other parties, Nikalje said that he is targetted for being Chhota Rajan's brother only when the elections come. First India Bureau Mumbai: For some time now, there have been talks that former BJP minister Pankaja Munde is unhappy in the party. There is a discussion in the po- litical circles that Munde is being side- lined by the party. Meanwhile, Thack- eray group leader Chandrakant Khaire has made a big state- ment about accepting Pankaja Munde in Shiv Sena, saying that if she comes to Sena, the par- ty will welcome her. He has indirectly made Munde an open offer to join the Thackeray group. Khaire said, “The work of ignoring the family of Gopinath Munde is going on by the BJP leaders. At pre- sent, it is clear that the BJP is working to over- throw the Munde fam- ily. So if Pankaja Munde comes to our party, we welcome her.” “Uddhav Thackeray has full right to take her to the party. He also considers Pankaja Munde as his sister,” added Khaire. First India Bureau Mumbai: The Thack- eray family is frequent- ly targetted by the Narayan Rane family. However, now, Rajan Salvi, MLA of the Thackeray group, criti- cized Narayan Rane for giving him a ministe- rial position only to target Shiv Sena. In fact, Salvi even chal- lenged Rane to contest his next election against Salve from Konkan region. Rane is currently at- tacking former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and former minister Aditya Thackeray. Rajan Salvi said that Narayan Rane’s allegations should be brought be- fore the people. Although Narayan Rane is accusing the Thackeray family to- day, Rajan Salvi has made a public chal- lenge that if they have the guts, they should contest the Lok Sabha elections from Konkan. Therefore, it is seen that the dispute be- tween Rane and Thack- eray family will be- come more heated. First India Bureau Mumbai: Congress nominated Dr. Sudhir Tambe filed his son Satyajit Tambe's inde- pendent candidature without filing his can- didature. After this, Congress has suspend- ed Sudhir Tambe. Now, the possibility of sus- pension of Satyajit Tambe is also being ex- pressed. When asked about this, senior Con- gress leader and mem- ber of the Maharashtra Congress Disciplinary Committee Prithviraj Chavan expressed his views on Monday . Chavan said, “Sudhir Tambe was given a tick- et by the All India Con- gress Committee. So this indiscipline is re- lated to Delhi. The Pres- ident of Maharashtra may make some recom- mendations to the Dis- ciplinary Committee of the All India Congress Committee. However, the final decision will be taken by AICC.” “The decision to sus- pend Sudhir Tambe was also taken by the Cen- tral Disciplinary Com- mittee. The Secretary of that committee is Tariq Anwar. Sudhir Tambe's suspension let- ter has been issued with his signature. There- fore, if anyone else is to be suspended, it will be with his signature, said Chavan. Information about the suspension of Satyajit Tambe will not come from Maharash- tra. The recommenda- tion will definitely go through Maharashtra, but the decision will be made at the All India Congress Committee level. Sudhir Tambe has been suspended. Now Tariq Anwar will take the decision of what to do next, added Chavan. Chavan further said, “The question is not about the suspension of Satyajit Tambe. In this situation, Congress and all the constituent par- ties of Mahavikas Aghadi have to find a way out of this. In any case, this seat should not go into the hands of BJP-minded people, and everyone should support any candidate of Mahavikas Aghadi.” First India Bureau Mumbai: The political atmosphere in the state has heated up regarding the election of the grad- uate and teachers con- stituency of the Legisla- tive Council. There was immense discussion about Nashik graduate constituency till Mon- day when the time for withdrawal of nomina- tion ended. Now, every- one’s eyes are fixed on which independent can- didate will be supported by BJP on this seat. For this, BJP leader Girish Mahajan has given a thought provoking statement while talking about whom BJP will support in Nashik grad- uate constituency . “We are asking inde- pendent candidates to withdraw. It has to be seen what decision par- ty leaders take. State PresidentChandrashek- har Bawankule, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis have that authority . Our support has been sought bySatyajitTambeandif he gets the green signal from BJP , he will be our candidate,” Mahajan said, further adding, “The candidate we will support will be elected with a large majority . We will try our best for that. Shubhangi Patil had joined BJP , but now she has sided with Thackeray .” Deepak Sadashiv Nikalje Nothing wrong in celebrating don’s birthday: RPI’s Deepak Nikalje CELEBRATING UNDERWORLD? Will Pankaja Munde join Thackeray’s Shiv Sena? ‘Tambe’s suspension high command’s prerogative, decision on his son not conveyed as yet’ Salvi challenges Rane to a ‘duel’ in Konkan Pankaja Munde Prithviraj Chavan Satyajit Tambe Shubhangi Patil Rajan Salvi ELECTION OF FIVE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SEATS ‘KING’S SON’ VS ‘COMMON GIRL’ IN NASHIK Who ever BJP supports, will win by a huge margin: Girish Mahajan Girish Mahajan Shinde faction fails to field any candidate on 5 seats! Bharat24 will continue to celebrate those contributing to Nation’s devp: Dr Chandra Amit Mishra, Laxman Raghav Ashvini Yadav New Delhi: Nation’s Fastest Growing Na- tional Hindi News Channel, Bharat24 or- ganised its highly an- ticipated initiative Su- per Indians at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi to honour ex- traordinary individu- als for their exemplary and contribution to- wards the Vision of New India. Thestarpanelistsin- cluded Bollywood Star VidyutJamwal,Swami Nijamritananda Puri, Administrative Direc- tor, Amrita Hospital, Sameer Sethi, VP Head of Brand Market- ing, Policy Bazaar, Ab- hishek Sharma, CBO, VidyaMandir Classes, Anita Nayyar, COO- Media, Branding Communication, Pa- tanjaliAyurved,among other think-tanks. Meanwhile, Bollywood actors Govinda and Vidyut Jamwal also shared insight on en- tertainment business andsharedexperiences of their Bollywood journey . Speaking at the event, CEO Editor- in-Chief, Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, said, “Bharat24 will contin- ue to celebrate individ- ualswhoarecontribut- ing to Nation’s devel- opment through their initiatives” Manoj Jagyasi, Chief Business Officer Strategic Advisor to Board, in his address said, “After success- fully organising the Rajasthan Chapter of Super Indians, we were able to scale the Delhi edition even big- ger and I am delighted to say that Super Indi- ans has become one of the most sought-after IP’s. I would like to thank our partners for their continuous sup- port towards our en- deavours.” Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with Arjun Ram Meghwal, Dr Jitendra Singh and (L-R) Manoj Jagyasi, Dr Piyush Dwivedi Govinda during Super Indians event at the Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi. Nitin Gadkari with Dr Jagdeesh Chandra and Manoj Jagyasi during the mega event. Arjun Ram Meghwal during an interview with Mimansa Malik and Aditi Nagar. Manoj Jagyasi greets Vidyut Jamwal during the event. Also seen here is Syed Umar.
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