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Madhya Pradesh

Chhattisgarh, MP, Rajasthan, Telangana, Mizoram to go to the polls between Nov 12-Dec 7

The Election Commission announced on Saturday that elections to the Legislative Assemblies in five States -- Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram -- would be held between November 12 and December 7.
Poll dates for Assembly elections in five States
The Election Commission today announced that elections to the State Legislative Assembly in Chhattisgarh would be held in two phases on November 12 and 20, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram will have single-phase polling on November 28 and Rajasthan and Telangana on December 7.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up in all the five states on December 11 and all the results are expected to be out by late that evening.
 
The term of the Assembly in Chhattisgarh is due to expire on January 5, 2019; Madhya Pradesh on January 7, 2019; Rajasthan on January 20, 2019 and Mizoram on December 15, 2018.
 
The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) in Telangana had decided to go in for early polls and, accordingly, the Governor of the State had dissolved the Assembly with immediate effect on September 6, 2018, nearly nine months before its term was to end.
 
The Assembly elections, especially in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, will be a major test for the BJP, which is ruling in these States as well as at the Centre, as well as for the Congress, which is making a strong bid to regain power in the three States.
 
The BJP has been in power for the past 15 years in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and is seeking a second consecutive five-year term in Rajasthan.
 
In Telangana, which was carved out as a new state from Andhra Pradesh in June, 2014, Mr. K Chandrasekhar Rao of the TRS, the first Chief Minister of the state, is seeking a second term. In Mizoram, the Congress is hoping to continue in power.
 
There are 90 seats in the Chhattisgarh Assembly, 230 in Madhya Pradesh, 200 in Rajasthan, 40 in Mizoram and 119 in Telangana.
 
Under the law, the Election Commission is required to hold general elections to constitute the new legislative assemblies in these states before the expirity of their present terms or within six months from the date of premature dissolution of the Assembly.
 
Chief Election Commission O P Rawat told a press conference here today that the Commission had drawn up the schedules for holding the elections after taking into consideration "all relevant aspects like climatic conditions, academic calendar, major festivals, prevailing law and order situation in the State, availability of Central Police Forces, time needed for movement, transportation and timely deployment of forces and in-depth assessment of other relevant ground realities".
 
 "The Commission seeks the active cooperation, close collaboration and constructive partnership of all the esteemed stakeholders in the electoral process and strives to employ the collective synergies towards delivering a smooth, free, fair, peaceful, participative and festive General Assembly Elections, 2018 in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana," he said.
 
According to the schedule, 18 constituencies will go to the polls in the first phase of polling in Chhattisgarh on November 12. The notification for the first phase of elections will be issued on October 16 and the last date for filing nominations is October 23. Scrutiny of nominations will be done on October 24 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures will be October 26.
 
The  notification for the remaining 72 constituencies in Chhattisgarh, which will go to the polls on November 20, will be issued on October 26 and the last date for filing nominations is November 2. Nominations will be scrutinised on November 3 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 5.
 
The notification for elections to all 230 seats in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, which go to the polls on November 28, will be issued on November 2 and the last date for filing nominations is November 9. Nominations will be scrutinised on November 12 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 14.
 
The notification for the elections to all 200 constituencies in Rajasthan, which will go to the polls on December 7, will be issued on November 12 and the last date for filing nominations is November 19. Scrutiny of nominations will be done on November 20 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 22.
 
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The notification for the elections to all 40 constitutencies in Mizoram, which have polling on November 28, will be issued on November 2 and the last date for filing nominations is November 9, with scrutiny of papers on November 12 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures on November 14.
 
In Telangana, where all 119 constituencies will go to the polls on December 7, the notification for the elections will be issued on November 12 and the last date for making nominations will be November 19. Scrutiny of nominations will be taken up on November 20 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 22.
 
Mr. Rawat said the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for candidates, political parties and State Governments had come into effect immediately in all the five States and it would also be applicable to the Union Government insofar as announcements or policy decisions pertaining to them are concerned.
 
He said the Commission had made elaborate arrangements for ensuring the effective implementation of the MCC Guidelines. 
 
"Any violations of these Guidelines would be strictly dealt with and the Commission re-emphasizes that the instructions issued in this regard from time to time should be read and understood by all Political Parties, contesting candidates and their agents/representatives, to avoid any misgivings or lack of information or inadequate understanding/ interpretation. The government of the poll-bound States has also been directed to ensure that no misuse of official machinery/position is done during the MCC period.
 
"The Commission has also issued instructions for swift, effective and stringent action for enforcement of Model Code of Conduct during the first 72 hours of announcement of the election schedule and also for maintaining extra vigilance and strict enforcement action in the last 72 hours prior to the close of polls.  These instructions have been issued in the form of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for compliance by the field election machinery," he added.
 
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Cabinet approves Indore Metro Rail Project

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The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the implementation of the Indore Metro Rail Project in Madhya Pradesh comprising Ring Line of length 31.55 km from Bengali Square - Vijay Nagar - Bhawarsala - Airport - Patasia - Bengali Square which will connect major public nodes and city cluster areas of the city.
 
The numbers of stations on the Ring Line will be 30. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. Rs.7500.80 crore and it will be completed in four years, an  official press release said.
 
The corridors will have multi-modal integration with railway stations and BRTS stations and feeder network of Bus, Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) and Non-Motorised Transport (NMT).  
 
The project will have non-fare box revenue form of rental and advertisement as well as Value Capture Financing (VCF) through the mechanism of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Transfer of Development Rights (TDR).
 
The ring line will connect densely populated areas of the city with the newly developing areas along with Railway Station, Airport and ABD under Smart City project. The Metro will provide eco-friendly and sustainable public transport, the release said.
 
A special purpose vehicle, Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Co Ltd. (MPMRCL), has been constituted for implementation of the project.
 
The financing of Indore Metro Rail Project will be partly from Central Government and Madhya Pradesh on an equal equity basis and partly as a loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and New Development Bank (NDB).
 
DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH, in consortium with Louis Berger SAS and Geodata Engineering S.p.A., has been appointed as General Consultant (GC) for the project. The tenders for first civil work package have been invited and work will start soon, the release added.
 
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ADB to provide $150 million loan for Global Skills Park in Madhya Pradesh

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The Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $150 million loan agreement here today to establish a Global Skills Park (GSP) in Madhya Pradesh.
 
The GSP will be the first Multi-Skills Park in India and will enhance the quality of Technical and Vocational Education And Training (TVET) System in the State and create a more skilled workforce, an official press release said.
 
The signatories to the Madhya Pradesh Skills Development Project were Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (Fund Bank and ADB), Ministry of Finance, who signed on behalf of the Government of India, and Mr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission, who signed for ADB.
 
Mr Khare said that the project would help improve the quality and relevance of the State’s TVET programs and help impart advanced job-ready skills training of international standards that can meet the employment needs of the State’s emerging sectors.
 
Mr. Yokoyama said that the project would engage international TVET partners to support advanced training at the GSP who will bring global best practices in TVET management, training infrastructure, industry cooperation, and quality assurance.
 
The new GSP campus, which will be established in Bhopal will consist of core Advanced Training Institutes including the Centre for Occupational Skills Acquisition and the Center for Advanced Agricultural Training as well as other support services focusing on entrepreneurship, training of trainers, and skill-related research. The campus will have training facilities focusing on skills for manufacturing, service, and advanced agricultural jobs, benefitting about 20,000 trainees and trainers. 
 
The project will also help in modernizing 10 industrial training institutes across the state by renovating training infrastructure and upgrading skills courses to align with industry and market needs, the release added.
 
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Cabinet approves budgetary support to Nepa Limited for Revival and Mill Development Plan

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved a financial package of Rs. 469.41 crore for the Revival and Mill Development Plan (RMDP) of Nepa Limited, a public sector newsprint company located in Nepanagar, Madhya Pradesh.
 
This package includes infusion of Rs. 277 crore as equity in the company for the completion of RMDP which shall enhance production capacity to 1,00,000 MT per annum from the present capacity of 83,000 MT per annum, diversify production, improve quality of products and also help resume production at Nepa Ltd.  
 
The RMDP is expected to be completed within a year, an official press release said.
 
A loan of Rs.101.58 crore has also been approved for the payment of salary, wages, and so on, which is expected to mitigate the hardship being faced by the Nepa Ltd. employees. 
 
A sum of Rs.90.83 crore was approved for the voluntary retirement scheme of 400 employees. 
 
The strategic disinvestment of NEPA Ltd. on completion of the RMDP at an appropriate time has also been approved. 
 
"The completion of the RMDP will help Nepa Ltd. to command a better presence in the market besides supporting employment in the tribal belt of Madhya Pradesh," the release said.
 
Located in Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh, Nepa Limited was incorporated in 1947 and was the only newsprint manufacturing unit in India up to 1981.  
 
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Former BJP MLA joins Congress in MP

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In a setback to the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, former MLA from Rewa Pushpraj Singh on Friday joined the Congress in the presence of party President Rahul Gandhi.
 
Pushpraj Singh is the second Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Madhya Pradesh to join the Congress after Padma Shukla from Katni district.
 
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Will waive farm loans within 10 days of coming to power: Rahul

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Wooing farmers in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, party President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday promised to waive farm loans within 10 days of coming to power.
 
The Congress chief also said that once his party comes to power at the Centre, changes would be made to GST to reduce rates on items. 
 
"You remember that the Congress has waived the farm loans worth Rs 70,000 crore. You saw how we waived the farm loan of farmers in the state within 10 days after coming to power in Karnataka," Gandhi said addressing a public meeting here.
 
"If voted to power, we shall waive the farm loans of farmers within 10 days," he said.
 
Gandhi also said that he could never even think of lying and making false promises to people like depositing Rs 15 lakh in every account. 
 
He also said that the Congress after coming to power in the state would change the Gabbar Singh Tax to real GST.
 
"As soon as we come to power, we will change the 'Gabbar Singh Tax' into the real GST. We will implement one tax at lowest rates," he said, adding that the government would use its power to generate employment in the state," Gandhi said, who is on a two-day visit to Madhya Pradesh, where the elections are slated later this year.
 
Earlier in the day he visited the Kamta Nath temple, dedicated to Lord Ram, which is located in the forested hills of Kamadgiri and performed 'puja'. Gandhi had earlier also made a visit to the state on September 17 and held a road show in the state capital Bhopal. 
 
He also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi government over the Rafale fighter jet deal and dared him to break his silence in any of his public rallies. 
 
"The UPA government started the talks for 126 Rafale fighter jets from France. The UPA government gave the contract to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) so that the youths of the country would have got employment," he said. 
 
Slamming the Prime Minister, Gandhi said, "The UPA government negotiated the deal to buy per Rafale aircarft for Rs 526 crore. But then our Prime Minister, who is a chowkidaar (watchman) goes to France and changes the contract. He removes HAL and gives it to his friend who has a debt of Rs 45,000 crore to banks and who has not built a single aircraft in his life."
 
"And few days ago, even the former French President (Francois Hollande) said that the name of the Indian private firm was not taken by French government or the company which manufactures Rafale. But it was said to us by the Indian government and their Prime Minister that the contract needs to be given to the private firm," he alleged.
 
"The watchman let the theft of Rs 30,000 crore happen. The watchman is thief," he thundered. 
 
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Slamming the Prime Minister for his silence over the Rafale deal, Gandhi dared him to speak up why the offset contract was not given to HAL, why the deal was not discussed with the Defence Minister and why the ex-French President was now accusing him as a thief?
 
Gandhi also accused Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of speaking "untruth" on the Rafale deal issue. 
 
"In Parliament, the defence minister said the price of Rafale fighter plane cannot be disclosed due to secret pact. I met the French president (Emmanuel Macron), who said there is no such pact and the price can be disclosed," he said. 
 
Gandhi said that the prime minister spoke for one-and-a-half hours in Parliament but he did not speak on the Rafale issue. 
 
He also accused Modi of disregarding the hard work of people of India from the ramparts of Red Fort on August 15 when he said "he changed the country in last four years".
 
The Congress chief also charged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of helping fugitive businessman, Vijay Mallya, who is wanted in India for defrauding banks to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore escape from the country.
 
"Mallya escapes from country with Rs 9,000 crore. And before escaping the country he meet Finance Minister in Parliament and says to him that I am going to London," he said.
 
"But the Finance Minister did not inform the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate and let Mallya escape from country. And Modi also remains silent on that," he added. 
 
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Congress throwing muck, conspiring to topple me: Modi

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Amid a raging row over Rafale, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused the Congress of throwing muck and indulging in a campaign of slander and lies against him and of trying to form an "international alliance" to oust him.
 
He also slammed the main opposition party saying it has become so weak that it has to beg small parties to forge an alliance in the coming elections. 
 
"What has happened to the 125-year-old Congress? We have decided to fight elections on the issue of development, but they want to fight the election by breaking the society. They want to capture power through mischief. They want to use a handful of people to spread falsehood and storm of lies to capture power," he said, without referring directly to the Rafale jets deal on which the Congress has raised several questions. 
 
"Best wishes for their new path. But we are following the path of strong organisation," Modi said, addressing the 'Karyakarta Mahakumbh' in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh. 
 
The Prime Minister said the Congress was not succeeding in getting allies and even if they get one, "I don't see them succeeding". 
 
"So they are trying to forge an alliance internationally. Now will a foreign country decide who will be the country's Prime Minister? After losing power, you have lost your balance," he said. 
 
Modi said that there should have been something left in the grand old party "but nothing is left there. Now Congress has become a burden. And saving the country from the Congress is the democratic duty of the people." 
 
He said it was time for the opposition to change itself. 
 
"I came to politics in 2001. Before that I was a working for the Sangh (RSS). But since then you used all your power to abuse me. You left no stone unturned to defame me. But the more you threw muck on me, the lotus blossomed more and more. And the people have rejected your claims repeatedly.
 
"The more muck they (Congress) throw, more lotuses will bloom, in every booth, every block, every village, every city and every corner of the country."
 
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The Prime Minister's stinging attack comes in the wake of Congress President Rahul Gandhi's sharp offensive against Modi, calling him a thief over the Rafale fighter deal after the former French President Francois Hollande's comment that the Indian government had pushed a private firm as the offset partner for Dassault Aviation. 
 
Modi echoed his ministers and party leaders to allege that Rahul Gandhi was in conspiracy with Pakistan to topple him. 
 
He alleged that the Congress had not done any introspection even after its shattering defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections because of the "arrogance" that the Prime Minister's post was reserved for the "family". 
 
"This alliance is due to the fear of defeat. It is not for the betterment of the country. 
 
"They have had so much arrogance that they would not have gone to smaller parties for alliances. But such is the condition that they have to beg for alliances now. If they would have done some introspection, then this condition of going and hugging, getting photographs clicked with leaders of parties, and begging for alliance would not have come.
 
"If destruction is written in their fate, then there is no need for us to cry."
 
He said the country was taking its place on global platforms. "The world is accepting India's iron will. I have come to tell you that elections are ahead and don't worry as our mantra of winning election is with us. We don't fight election with money and muscle power. But we win elections with people's power." 
 
Accusing the Congress of doing vote-bank politics, Modi said they did not support the cause of triple talaq. 
 
"Triple talaq is not accepted in many Islamic countries. But due to their vote bank politics here, even though their leader is a woman (Sonia Gandhi), they remained silent on the issue of supporting it."
 
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BJP committed to deport illegal migrants: Amit Shah

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is committed to rid the country of illegal migrants, party President Amit Shah said on Tuesday.
 
Speaking here at the party's 'Karyakarta Mahakumbh' ahead of the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and other states, Shah mentioned the National Register of Citizens in Assam in which over 40 lakh individuals were found to be "illegal". 
 
He said the Congress raised a lot of noise on the possible deportation of the migrants but "the BJP has decided that it will force them out". 
 
Shah urged the party members to create "strong winds" in favour of the BJP in Madhya Pradesh which can eventually turn into a "tsunami" in the general elections next year. 
 
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Cabinet approves 205.5-km Indore -Budni electrified railway line

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today gave its approval for constructing a new railway line between Budni and Indore (Mangaliyagaon) with an approximate length of 205.5 km that would reduce the distance between Jabalpur and Indore by 68 km.
 
The project, with a total estimated cost of Rs 3261.82 crore, will also reduce travel time from Indore to Mumbai and towards South India. It will generate direct employment during construction for about 49.32 lakh man-days.
 
The proposed line will take off from existing yard of Budni and connect at Mangaliyagaon station of Western Railway near Indore. Ten new crossing stations and seven new halt stations are proposed to be constructed, an official press release said.
 
The new line will serve Sehore, Dewas and Indore districts and provide a direct link from Budni to Indore bypassing the congested route of Bhopal-Itarsi including Ghat section from Budni to Berkheda.
 
It will provide basic infrastructure support for the industrial development of the surrounding area having large socio-economic ramifications.
 
This project is meant for development of a backward area of this region and to provide connectivity to various towns/villages like Nasrullaganj, Khategoan and Kannod, where presently there is no railway connectivity, the release added.
 
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Rahul Gandhi kicks off MP poll campaign

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrived here on Monday for a roadshow as part of his election campaign in Madhya Pradesh.
 
He was received at the Bhopal's Raja Bhoj Airport by Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath, Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia and other party leaders.
 
He started the roadshow from Lalghati Chowk in an open bus near the airport. He will pass through old city areas before reaching BHEL Dussehra Maidan. The roadshow will cover around 18 km. He will address party workers at 4 p.m.
 
Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh are due this year along with Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram.
 
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Culture of taking everyone along makes India different from others: Modi

 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the culture of taking everyone along makes India different from all other countries.
 
“We are proud of our past, we believe in our present and are confident of our bright future," Mr Modi said addressing a gathering of the Dawoodi Bohra community during  Ashara Mubaraka, the commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Husain.
 
Mr Modi said Imam Husain always stood against injustice and attained martyrdom for keeping peace and justice. His teachings are still relevant today, he said.
 
Appreciating the work done by Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, he said love and dedication towards the nation are the hallmarks of his teachings.
 
Highlighting the contributions of the Dawoodi Bohra community, he said the community has always played a key role in India’s progress and growth story. He expressed the hope that community will continue their great work of spreading the strength of India’s culture throughout the world.
 
Applauding the various social initiatives carried out by the Dawoodi Bohra community, Mr Modi said efforts were also being made by the government to ensure improved living standards for citizens, especially the poor and needy.
 
In this context, he mentioned the various development-oriented initiatives of the Government like Ayushman Bharat, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Pradhan Mantri Awaaz Yojana. He mentioned that these initiatives are changing the lives of ordinary people.
 
He congratulated the people of Indore for taking the mission of Swacchh Bharat forward. ‘Swachhata Hi Sewa' scheme will be launched tomorrow and he urged the citizens to actively participate in this grand Swacchhta mission.
 
Talking about the honesty shown by the Bohra community in business, Mr Modi said the government encourages honest businessmen and workers through GST and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. The Indian economy is growing and New India is on the horizon.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was also present on the occasion.  Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin earlier praised the Prime Minister for his "exemplary work and wished him success for his work for the country.
 
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MoU signed for new Indore-Manmad railway line project

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for implementation of the new 362 km Indore- Manmad railway line project was signed here on Tuesday between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Ministry of Railways and the State Governments of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
 
Containers and other rail traffic from Indore and other Central Indian locations earlier had to follow a circuitous route through Vadodara and Surat to reach Mumbai, Pune and ports like JNPT, travelling a distance of 815 km. 
 
The new project will reduce the distance from Mumbai/Pune to key central India locations by 171 km, resulting in lower logistics costs, an official press release said.
 
This is especially significant as the new railway line will pass through the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor nodes of Igatpuri, Nashik and Sinnar; Pune and Khed; and Dhule and Nardana, it said.
 
The MoU was signed in the presence of  Minister of  Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari,  Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, and Chief Ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh) and Devendra Phadnavis (Maharashtra). 
 
The implementation of the project will be through the Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited (IPRCL) on Joint Venture  SPV model. A joint venture company will be formed between the Ministry of Shipping or its nominated PSUs/entity including JNPT (which will be the main promoter) with an equity share of 55%. The government of Maharashtra or its nominated PSUs/entity, Government of Madhya Pradesh or its nominated PSUs/entity, and others will have an equity share of 15% each.
 
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Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gadkari hailed the signing of the MoU as a major step towards the development of backward areas of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra through which the new railway line will pass.
 
The project is estimated to result in cumulative net economic benefits of Rs 15,000 crore in the first ten years of operations. The logistics advantages of the project include providing a shorter route for the passenger as well as the freight traffic originating from / terminating at/or crossing through the region.
 
It will reduce the logistics cost for the cargo centres located in Northern India such as Lucknow, Agra, Gwalior and Kanpur belt as well as Indore – Dhule – Bhopal region to the gateway ports JNPT and Mumbai. It will provide an alternate route to the existing central and western railway lines and reduce congestion on the over utilized existing railway network.
 
The Minister pointed out that the project, to be completed within six years, will help in employment generation, reduction in pollution, fuel consumption and vehicle operating costs.
 
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MP waterfall accident: 45 rescued, 6 missing

 
45 stranded people rescued from Sultangarh waterfalls in MP
 
 
After around 50 people were stranded at the Sultangarh waterfall in Madhya Pradesh's Shivpuri district, police on Thursday said.  Around 45 people have been rescued while six are still missing.
 
The picnickers were stuck after the waterfall swelled suddenly on Wednesday. Thirty four people, who were standing on the river rocks got stuck, while 15 were washed away.
 
"The overnight rescue, which continued till 3 a.m. on Thursday managed to salvage 45 of those stranded on Independence Day. A missing report of six has been filed in Gwalior," Superintendent of Police Rajesh Hingarkar told IANS.
 
The rescue teams, including the Border Security Force (BSF) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), were sent several hours after the incident. 
 
The operation was stalled further till midnight due to heavy flow of water. It was only after the water receded that those stranded were taken out with the help of thick ropes.
 
The Indian Air Force also saved five lives but the IAF helicopter could not continue its operation due to darkness. 
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has thanked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman for their help.
 
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Two get death for rape of minors in MP

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Two persons were sentenced to death by trial courts in Madhya Pradesh in separate cases of rape of children below the age of 12, a lawyer said. The trial lasted for only five and 13 days, respectively, in the two cases.
 
Lawyer Somvir Yadav, who represented a victim in one of the cases, told the media in Gawalior that a city court had convicted Jitendra Khushwaha for the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl who had gone missing from a wedding function in Amkho area on June 20. Her body was found the next day in Kensar Pahadia area. 
 
The trial of the case in the fast-track court of Special Judge Sangeeta Singh was concluded in 13 days through video-conferencing. The trial had concluded on Tuesday, during which 33 witnesses were examined. DNA proof nailed the convict.
 
Katni Additional District and Sessions Judge Madhuri Raj Lal convicted auto-rickshaw driver Raj Kumar Kol and handed him a death sentence after a trial that concluded in five days.
 
Additional District Attorney D.D. Taran told the media that Raj Kumar had sexually assaulted the five-year-old child whom he used to drop at school.
 
He was booked after the child's father lodged an FIR on July 7. 
 
In December, 2017, the Madhya Pradesh Assembly had unanimously passed a bill to amend the Indian Penal Code to enable awarding of death penalty to those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 and below.
 
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Gadkari launches highway projects worth Rs 5485 crore in Madhya Pradesh

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Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated or laid the foundation stones for National Highway (NH) projects worth Rs 5485 crore in Madhya Pradesh on Monday.
 
At an event in Guna, he laid the foundation stone for five NH projects of total length 226 km, worth Rs 3583 crore, an official press release said.
 
These include four-laning of the Jhansi-Khajuraho section of NH 75 at a cost of Rs 976.62 crore, which is expected to give a boost to the Jhansi-Khajuraho-Orcha tourist circuit by reducing travel time by 1.5 hours.
 
The four-laning of the Seoni-Nagpur section of NH 7 at a cost of Rs 730.8 crore is expected to reduce travel time by 45 minutes. The four-laning of the Hiran Nadi-Sindoor Nadi  section of NH 12 at a cost of Rs 617.17 crore will save travel time between Bhopal and Jabalpur by 30 minutes, the release said.
 
The four-laning of Rewa-Sidhi section of NH 75 with Churhat Bypass and tunnel at a cost of Rs 1004 crore is expected to cut travel time by one hour. The two-laning of Biaora-Maksudangarh section of NH 752 B at a cost of Rs 254.17 crore will improve safety conditions at 16 difficult spots on this section, it said.
 
Mr. Gadkari also inaugurated 188 km of NH projects worth Rs 1902 crore in the state. These projects include Phase I of 4-laning of Shivpuri-Guna section of NH 3 constructed at a cost of Rs 830.36 crore; 4-laning of Guna- Biaora section of NH 3 constructed at a cost of Rs 1012.9 crore and the 4-laning of parts of Lakhnadaun-Chapara section of NH 7 constructed at a cost of Rs 58.6 crore.
 
Speaking on the occasion, he said Madhya Pradesh had 24 NH of 5186 km length before 2014. Now there are 96 NH of length 13248 km in the state. During the last four years, 22 NH of length 3397 km have been declared in the state. In addition, 50 State Highways have been declared NH in principle. While 19 NH projects of length 1289 km, costing Rs 5768 crore, have been completed in the last four years, 24 projects of length 1507 km worth Rs 15063 crore were in progress.
 
Two expressways were proposed to be built in the state – the Rs 3000 crore Indore – Bhopal Expressway and Rs 6000 crore Chambal Expressway. Work on these expressways could begin after land is acquired by the State Government. About 3180 km of Economic Corridors are planned in the state under Bharatmala Pariyojana, in addition to 986 km of Inter Corridors and 679 km of Feeder Routes. Logistics Parks are also planned at Bhopal and Indore, Mr. Gadkari added.
 
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Six die as car falls into MP reservoir

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Six youths were killed when the car they were travelling in fell into a reservoir in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, police said on Monday.
 
The incident took place on Sunday when the driver of the speeding car lost control over it. The youths were on their way to Kolar from Bhopal for a picnic.
 
The car could be taken out only on Monday after the water level in the reservoir subsided, Sehore Superintendent of Police Rajesh Chandel said.
 
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Businessman, son hacked to death in Indore

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A businessman and his son have been brutally murdered in Indore -- the business hub of Madhya Pradesh, police said on Monday.
 
According to the police, deceased Vindhyachal Gupta (45), along with his son Sandeep (25) and father Sudama (70), was on Sunday night returning home after closing their shop at around 11 p.m.
 
As they got off from the vehicle near their home, five to six criminals attacked them with sharp-edged weapons. Hearing their cries, people living in the vicinity rushed to their help, but the assailants managed to flee.
 
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Harinarayan Chari Mishra told IANS: "All the three injured persons were rushed to hospital, but Vindhyachal and Sandeep succumbed to their injuries, while critically injured Sudama is undergoing treatment."
 
Apparently, the reason for killings was old enmity, Mishra said, adding that the police had been able to get some clues and hopefully, the criminals would be arrested soon.
 
Those close to the Gupta family said that the assailants also made good with a bag containing cash. Another cash-filled bag of the Guptas was stolen last Sunday.
 
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Monsoon arrives in MP, heavy rains likely

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The monsoon has entered Madhya Pradesh covering Dhar, Alirajpur, Burhanpur, Barwani, Khargone, Jhabua and Khandwa districts and has brought heavy rains to the state capital, bringing down the mercury by a few notches.
 
The monsoon entered the state from the southwest side, the Met office said. In the past 24 hours, Indore has received 8.6 mm of rain, while Dhar 14.2 mm, Damoh 30 mm and Gwalior 3.8 mm.
 
The weather office has predicted heavy rains for Dhar, Jhabua, Alirajpur and Barwani and scattered rains at all other places with thunderstorms and lightning. Humidity was unusually high on Tuesday. 
 
A cyclonic circulation had developed over south Gujarat and Konkan region while a trough was extending from Gujarat to southwest Rajasthan. 
 
Bhopal recorded a maximum of 35.5 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 24.6 degree Celsius. Indore's maximum was 32.4 degree Celsius while it recorded a minimum temperature of 23.2 degree Celsius. Gwalior was at a high of 43 and a minimum of 24; and Jabalpur 36.8 and minimum 27.9 degrees Celsius.
 
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15 of a family die in MP road accident

 
15 dead in road mishap in MP's Morena
 
 
Fifteen of a family, including eight women, were killed early on Thursday when a jeep collided with a truck in Madhya Pradesh's Morena district, police said.
 
Morena Superintendent of Police Amit Singh told IANS that the family of 20 left Gwalior to attend a relative's funeral. "Their jeep collided with the sand-laden truck on Ambah road in which 12 people died on the spot."
 
Three more died in a hospital later. Of the five injured, two are critical.
 
According to police, the truck was carrying illegally mined sand and the driver was accelerating to avoid being caught. He lost control over the vehicle and hit the jeep.
 
The jeep was so badly mangled that it took a lot of time to extricate the bodies. 
 
The truck driver fled the spot.
 
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12 killed in MP road accident

 
13 dead in road mishap in MP's Morena
 
 
Twelve persons, including seven women, were killed early on Thursday when a jeep collided with a tractor in Madhya Pradesh's Morena district, police said.
 
The accident occurred when the jeep carrying members of a family to a funeral collided with the sand-laden truck on Ambah road. 
 
Eight others were injured, two of whom were said to be in critical condition.
 
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Bhaiyyuji Maharaj shoots himself dead

 
Spiritual guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj commits suicide
 
 
Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, a Madhya Pradesh-based spiritual guru who had prominent followers from different political parties, committed suicide by shooting himself at his residence here on Tuesday.
 
The 50-year-old guru, who was recently given the status of a Minister of State by the government in a controversial decision which he had declined, died after he was admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.
 
"Bhaiyyuji Maharaj shot himself at his residence at Khandwa Road here. He was taken to Bombay Hospital and was admitted to ICU, where he succumbed to injuries," Indore's Deputy Inspector General Harinarayanachari Mishra told IANS.
 
He said that Bhaiyyuji Maharaj had closed the doors of his room from inside and shot himself on his head. 
 
"The door had to be broken open. Police has recovered a revolver and is investigating to find out who the owner is," he said. 
 
Indore's Inspector General Ajay Kumar Sharma said that police was investigating the possible reasons behind the suicide. A suicide note, which mentions that he was under stress, has been recovered from the spot, he said.
 
The suicide note read: "Somebody should be there to handle duties of family. I am leaving too much stressed out, fed up."
 
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and many other leaders expressed grief over the death and offered their condolences.
 
Chouhan said in a message that the country has lost a personality that was a confluence of culture, knowledge and service. "Your thoughts will motivate the society to walk on the path of serving humanity till eternity," he said in a tweet.
 
"Got to know about the sad demise of religious guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj. I was having personal relations with him. I am saddened by his sudden demise. My tributes," Gadkari tweeted.
 
Mahajan also condoled the demise of Bhaiyyuji Maharaj and said that his untimely demise pains everyone. 
 
"It is difficult to believe that Bhaiyyuji Maharaj is no more among us. He was a spiritual guru, social worker and a great thinker. He worked extensively for the change and reforms in the society," she said. 
 
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"He endeavoured relentlessly to enlighten the society through his organization 'Suryodaya'. His concern for the welfare of the nomadic community is well known."
 
Born Uday Singh Deshmukh, Bhaiyyuji Maharaj had even done modelling for a well-known brand of clothes before turning spiritual. He was seen as a glamorous personality in the spiritual field. He used to travel in Mercedes cars, wore Rolex luxury watches and lived in a luxurious house. 
 
He had good ties with political personalities from various parties and the RSS. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former President Pratibha Patil, late Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and singer Lata Mangeshkar were among the prominent personalities who had visited his ashram here.
 
Bhaiyyuji Maharaj mediated when Anna Hazare was on fast in the national capital seven years ago and persuaded him to end the protest. Anna Hazare had broken his fast after accepting a glass of juice from Bhaiyyuji Maharaj. 
 
When, as Gujarat Chief Minister, Modi observed the 'Sadbhavana' fast, he had invited Bhaiyyuji Maharaj to break his fast.
 
Bhaiyyuji Maharaj had established Shri Sadguru Datta Dharmik Evam Parmarthik Trust in order to turn his thoughts and concepts into reality.
 
Bhaiyyuji Maharaj's wife, Madhvi, died two years ago. Their daughter, Kuhu, is studying in Pune. Last year, he married again.
 
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Bhaiyyuji Maharaj shoots himself dead

 
Spiritual guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj commits suicide
 
 
Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, a Madhya Pradesh-based spiritual guru who had prominent followers from different political parties, committed suicide on Tuesday by shooting himself at his residence.
 
The 50-year-old guru, who was recently given the status of a Minister of State by the government in a controversial decision which he had declined, died after he was admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.
 
"Bhaiyyuji Maharaj has shot himself at his residence at Khandwa Road here," said Indore's Deputy Inspector General Harinarayanachari Mishra, who had earlier termed the guru's condition as critical and that doctors are monitoring the situation. 
 
The reason behind the attempted suicide was not known, he had said. 
 
Reports said that Maharaj shot himself in the head and was immediately rushed to the hospital but efforts to save his life failed.
 
The reports also said he had left a suicide note saying he was depressed. "Somebody should be there to handle duties of family. I am leaving too much stressed out, fed up," the note reportedly said. Police said it was probing whether it was left by him.
 
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari expressed grief over the death and offered their condolences.
 
Chouhan said in a message that the country has lost a personality that is a confluence of culture, knowledge and service. "Your thoughts will motivate the society to walk on the path of serving humanity till eternity," he said in a tweet.
 
"Got to know about the sad demise of religious guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj. I was having personal relations with him. I am saddened by his sudden demise. My tributes," Gadkari tweeted.
 
Born Uday Singh Deshmukh, Maharaj had even done modelling for a well-known brand of clothes before turning spiritual. He was seen as a glamorous personality in the spiritual field.
 
He had good ties with political personalities from various parties and the RSS. He mediated when Anna Hazare was on fast in the national capital five years ago and persuaded him to end the protest. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former President Pratibha Patil, late Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and singer Lata Mangeshkar were among the prominent personalities who had visited his ashram here.
 
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Bhaiyyuji Maharaj shoots himself, critical

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Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, a Madhya Pradesh based spiritual guru, shot himself on Tuesday and has been admitted to a private hospital here in critical condition, police said.
 
"Bhaiyyuji Maharaj has shot himself at his residence at Khandwa Road here," Indore's Deputy Inspector General of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra said. 
 
The reason behind the attempted suicide is not known, he said. 
 
Mishra said Maharaj had been admitted to the Bombay Hospital. "His condition is critical. Doctors are monitoring the situation," the officer said.
 
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Will waive farm loans in 10 days if voted to power in MP: Rahul

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday kicked off the party's poll campaign in Madhya Pradesh, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of betraying farmers and promising to waive farm loans in 10 days if voted to power.
 
He also promised that the families of the farmers who were killed in Mandsaur will get justice in 10 days if his party was voted to power. 
 
Addressing a rally, Gandhi questioned the delay in filing of a probe report into the death of seven farmers in police firing a year ago, alleging that the BJP government had failed to provide security to farmers and address their concerns.
 
"I assure you, when the Congress forms government in Madhya Pradesh, farmers' loans will be written off within 10 days. The families of the farmers (killed in Mandsaur last year) will get justice in 10 days and we will take action against those responsible for the firing," the Congress President said.
 
Gandhi lashed out at the state and the Centre for ignoring the farm distress across the country.
 
"The governments are of no use if they cannot provide security to farmers and their families. A total of 1,200 farmers committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh. Did any rich person or their family member commit suicide who have lakhs of crores as debt," he said, addressing the Kisan Samriddhi Sankalp Rally.
 
"Our priority will be to provide security to the farmers and their families," he added. 
 
Earlier, Gandhi paid tributes to the dead farmers in Piplia Mandi town of Mandsaur district.
 
"The Prime Minister and Chief Minister (Shivraj Singh Chouhan) talk about the farmers but when they demand the right price for their produce and ask for waiving off their loans, they do not listen. 
 
"Prime Minister waived off loans worth Rs 2.5 lakh crore of just 15 businessmen, but when I requested him to waive off farm loans, he maintained a studied silence," said Rahul Gandhi.
 
Gandhi also said the food people eat is all due to the efforts of farmers and their families and not rich businessmen. "That is why farmers are our priority," he added.
 
"My priority is the people of this country, then it is the Congress karyakartas and third is the Congress leaders.
 
"My dream is that when we come here after 5-7 years and look at our phones, we find 'Made in Mandsaur' written on it. Narendra Modi and Shivraj Singh Chouhan won't be able to do this work. Kamal Nath and Scindia (Jyotiraditya Scindia) can do this," the Congress President said.
 
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EC forms 4 teams to probe bogus voter allegations in MP

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The Election Commission on Sunday formed four teams to look into allegation levelled by Congress that lakhs of bogus voters were registered in Madhya Pradesh.
 
The EC has formed teams consisting of two members each to verify electoral rolls in Narela, Bhojpur, Hoshangabad and Seoni Malwa Assembly constituencies.
 
The teams will start their probe from Monday and submit their report by June 7.
 
The EC's move came hours after the Congress submitted a memorandum to the poll panel along with instances of multiple entries of the same voter with different names in a given Assembly constituency as well as those of one voter listed in multiple assembly constituencies.
 
The Congress alleged that there were close to 60 lakh bogus voters in the state and that it was being done at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) behest.
 
Madhya Pradesh Congress President Kamal Nath said they have provided evidence to the EC that there were approximately 60 lakh fake voters in the lists.
 
Citing figures, Nath questioned: "How is it possible that population has increased by 24 per cent but number of voters has increased by 40 per cent?"
 
The party has sought the removal of all duplicate entries in the electoral rolls of 230 Assembly constituencies of Madhya Pradesh to conduct free and fair elections.
 
The terms of reference of the teams formed by the EC include enquiring into each specific issues raised in the complaint; to find out the "alleged fake voters' name, if any"; to find out "how did it happen" and fix the responsibility to initiate appropriate action.
 
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