CMYK TIME IS RIPE FOR GIVING A CLOSE LOOK AT THE PRESENT POWERS OF GUVs OPINION Rs. 3 PATNA WEDNESDAY, 4 MAY, 2022 PG-12, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 158 (RNI NO: BIHENG / 2014 / 59124) SEDITION LAW: CENTRE SEEKS TIME FROM SC FOR FILING RESPONSE NATION Morning India Danish PM asks India to stop Ukraine war ‘We appeal for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy AGENCIES COPENHAGEN: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday appealed for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy to resolve the crisis, even as his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen hoped that India will use its influence over Russia to end the war. The two leaders discussed the Ukraine crisis and several regional and global issues including increasing trade relations and cooperation in the field of mitigating the impact of climate change during their bilateral talks at the Danish Prime Minister's official residence in Mareinborg near Copenhagen. "We appeal for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy for resolving the crisis," Modi told reporters Copenhagen. Frederiksen hoped that India will influence Russia on Ukraine and asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to 'stop this war and end the killings'. "My message is very clear that Putin has got to stop this war and to end the killings. I, of course, hope that India will influence Russia also in this Curfew clamped in parts of Jodhpur discussion," she said. In a joint statement issued after the talks, the two prime ministers expressed serious concern about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. 'They unequivocally condemned civilian deaths in Ukraine. They reiterated the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities. They emphasised that the contemporary global order has been built on the UN Charter, international law and respect for sovereignty and the territorial integrity of states,' it said. The two leaders also discussed the destabilising effect of the conflict in Ukraine and its broader regional and glob- al implications and agreed to remain closely engaged on the issue. Modi expressed the hope that the negotiations on the India-European Free Trade Agreement will be concluded as soon as possible. 'We have also emphasised a free, open, inclusive and ruled-based Indo-Pacific region,' the prime minister said. Modi noted that more than 200 Danish companies were operating in India and were benefiting from the ease of doing business and comprehensive economic reforms. 'India's infrastructure sector and green energy industry present immense opportuni- Loudspeakers row: Raj Thackeray booked AGENCIES AGENCIES JAIPUR: Curfew was clamped in ten police station areas of Rajasthan's Jodhpur on Tuesday after clashes occurred again between two groups. The clashes had first erupted late Monday night. The violence erupted again on Tuesday morning at the Jalori Gate over the unfurling of a flag. The police lathi-charged the miscreants, fired tear gas shells and dispersed the mob. In view of the tense situation, curfew was imposed in 10 police station areas. At the same time, the Internet has been suspended in the district till Tuesday midnight. AURANGABAD/MUMBAI, The political temperature in Maharashtra soared as Aurangabad police on Tuesday filed a FIR against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray for alleged violations of police conditions at his mega-rally held in that city late on Sunday. Simultaneously, a Mumbai Police team is likely to go and serve a prohibitory notice under CrPC's Section 149 on Raj Thackeray, even as senior MNS leaders expressed apprehensions of his possible arrest in the case. On a complaint lodged by Sub Inspector Gajanan Ingle, the City Chowk Police Station Heatwave abates from all parts of country: IMD AGENCIES NEW DELHI: Heatwave has abated from all parts of the country and the maximum temperature has further fallen by two to four degrees Celsius over Rajasthan, Punjab, Delhi and Haryana, the India Meteorological Department said on Tuesday. No part of northwest, central and east India is likely to record a heatwave over the next five days, the MeT office said. No significant change is predicted in the maximum temperature over most parts of northwest India and central India during the next two to three days. The mercury is likely to increase by two to three degrees Celsius thereafter, it said in a statement. Heatwave conditions will return to some parts of Maharashtra from Wednesday and isolated areas of Rajasthan from Friday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Under the influence of a Western Disturbance, isolated light rainfall, dust ties for investments to Danish companies and Danish Pension Funds,' he said. Earlier, Frederiksen was at the airport to receive Modi. She extended a warm welcome to Modi at her official residence in Marienborg overlooking the Bagsvaerd Lake. The two leaders were seen chatting as they took a stroll on the expansive lawns of the 18th century country home located on a hilltop about 15 km from Copenhagen. Members of the Indian diaspora had turned up at the airport dressed in traditional Maharashtrian attire with a 'dhol-tasha' troupe in tow. The two leaders appreciated the progress in restart of negotiations on the India-EU Trade, Investment and Geographical Indicators Agreements and called for a balanced, ambitious, comprehensive and mutually beneficial approach and an early and simultaneous conclusion. They also welcomed the launch of the Trade and Technology Council between the EU and India underlining the importance of deep, strategic collaboration on cross-cutting issues related to trade, trusted technology and security. The two leaders also recalled the India-EU Connectivity Partnership and agreed to support efforts towards its early implementation. Modi also addressed the India-Denmark Business Forum and was scheduled to speak to the Indian diaspora in the Nordic nation. storm, and thunderstorm with winds gusting up to 50 kmph is very likely over Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan during the next two days. With scanty rains owing to feeble western disturbances, northwest and central India experienced the hottest April in 122 years as the average maximum temperature touched 35.9 degrees Celsius and 37.78 degrees Celsius, respectively. Several places in the country had logged all-time high temperatures for April with the mercury leaping to 46-47 degrees Celsius under the impact of the torrid heatwave. Banda in east Uttar Pradesh had logged a record high of 47.4 degrees Celsius for April on Friday. Allahabad, Jhansi and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh; Gurugram in Haryana; and Satna in Madhya Pradesh had also recorded all-time high temperatures for April at 46.8 degrees Celsius, 46.2 degrees Celsius, 45.1 degrees Celsius, 45.9 degrees Celsius and 45.3 degrees Celsius, respectively on Friday. lodged the case against Raj Thackeray and others who organised the May 1 rally for alleged utterances that could incite public passions and disturb peace, flouting police conditions permitting the rally at the MSC Grounds. The developments came after the Aurangabad police teams went through Raj Thackeray's entire speech with a fine tooth-comb, saw CCTV footage, quizzed locals, etc. as all major parties like the ruling MVA (Shiv SenaNationalist Congress PartyCongress), the Samajwadi Party, the Sambhaji Brigade, the Bhim Sena, the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, and others demanded stringent action against him, including arrest. Earlier on Tuesday, Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil held meetings with Director General of Police Rajnish Seth, Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pande and other top officials, followed by a meeting with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Sena MP Sanjay Raut. DGP Seth had said before that the Maharashtra Police would initiate action against Raj Thackeray "today itself" a day ahead of his 'Now OR Never' ultimatum to the state government to remove loudspeakers from all mosques by Wednesday (May 4) failing which his workers would blare Hanuman Chalisa at double volumes. The Maharashtra Police also launched a statewide crackdown against MNS workers, office-bearers and others with over 15,000 arrests, notices to 14,000, detaining a few leaders in some areas, and seizing loudspeakers stored for probable use from Wednesday. French firm pulls out of India's sub project AGENCIES MUMBAI: French company Naval Group on Tuesday said it is unable to participate in Centre's P-75I project, under which six conventional submarines are to be domestically built for the Indian Navy, due to conditions mentioned in the request for proposal (RFP) related to air independent propulsion (AIP) system. Naval Group's announcement comes a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Paris where he is scheduled meet recently re-elected French President Emmanuel Macron. AIP system allows a conventional submarine to stay submerged in water at higher speeds for a longer period of time. In June last year, the defence ministry had cleared the P-75I project and subsequently, RFPs were issued to two shortlisted Indian companies -- private company Larsen and Toubro and staterun Mazagaon Docks Limited. The two Indian companies (called strategic partners) have to tie up with one of the five shortlisted foreign companies -- ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (Germany), Navantia (Spain) and Naval 1 case of XE variant detected in India: INSACOG AGENCIES NEW DELHI: One confirmed case of the XE Covid variant has been detected in India, according to the latest bulletin of the Indian SARS-CoV2 Genomics Sequencing Consortium (INSACOG). However, the location of this variant was not identified in the bulletin for April 25 released on Tuesday. "As compared to the previous week, 12 states have shown an increase in cases, while 19 states have shown a decline," said the bulletin said. It said that suspected recombinant sequences are under further analysis. Group (France), Daewoo (South Korea) and Rosoboronexport (Russia) -and then respond to the RFP, according to the defence ministry. The Rs 43,000 crore-contract will be awarded by the defence ministry following a detailed evaluation of the responses sent by the two strategic partners. In a statement on Tuesday, Laurent Videau, Country and Managing Director, Naval Group India, said, 'Due to certain conditions in the RFP, the two strategic partners could not forward the request to us and few other FOEMs (foreign original equipment manufacturers) and thus we have not been able to place an official bid for the project.' Naval Group has always been ready to offer the best in class and adapted solution for Indian Navy's P75I project, being fully in line with Aatmanirbhar Bharat principle, he said. 'However, the present RFP requires that the fuel cell AIP (air independent propulsion) be sea proven, which is not the case for us yet since the French Navy does not use such propulsion system,' he mentioned. 2 tribals lynched on suspicion of cow slaughter AGENCIES BHOPAL: Two tribal men died after they were allegedly assaulted by a group of 15-20 people over suspicion of cow slaughter in Madhya Pradesh's Seoni district, police said on Tuesday. Another person was injured in the incident, they said. The complainant in the case and the opposition Congress in the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled state have alleged the attackers belong to the Bajrang Dal. Some 20 people have been booked in connection with the incident, which took place at Simaria under Kurai police station limits between 2.30 am and 3 am on Monday, including six on charges of murder, an official said.After the incident, a group led by Congress legislator Arjun Singh Kakodia started a protest on the Jabalpur-Nagpur highway. The Seoni Superintendent of Police and other officials visited the protest site. "Two tribal men have died. It was alleged a group of 15-20 people went to the victims' house, accused them of killing a cow and assaulted them,”Additional Superintendent of Police S K Maravi said. Active Covid cases come down to 19,137 AGENCIES NEW DELHI: India logged 2,568 new coronavirus infections in a day taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,30,84,913, while active cases dipped to 19,137, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. The death toll climbed to 5,23,889 with 20 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. The active cases comprise 0.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded as 98.74 per cent, the ministry said. A decrease of 363 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.The daily positivity rate was recorded as 0.61 per cent and the weekly positivity rate as 0.71 per cent, according to the ministry. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,25,41,887, while the case fatality rate was 1.22 per cent. The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 189.23 crore.