HYDERABAD THURSDAY JUNE 08, 2023 `9.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION 700 INDIAN STUDENTS IN CANADA FACE DEPORTATION OVER FAKE DOCUMENTS The students, most of them from Punjab, had moved to Canada in 2017-19 on student visas. Their admission letters were found to be fake TWITTER `16-20 LAKH PAID TO AGENT TO SECURE VISA CANADIAN OPPN LEADER PLEDGES SUPPORT The fraud was discovered in March, when the students applied for permanent residency in Canada. When the Canadian Border Service Agency perused the documents the students had submitted for their visas, it found the purported admission letters from Humber College in Toronto were fake. The students had paid `16-20 lakh each to a Jalandhar-based agent for moving to Canada ■ Once the students reached Canada, the agent told them to seek admission elsewhere saying Humber seats were full. He also returned some money ■ Meanwhile, Canadian opposition leader Pierre Poilievre hit out at the Justin Trudeau-led government for the decision to deport the students. He said the students came in good faith and completed their programmes JUNE 13 WHEN THE DEPORTATION IS SET TO START, ACCORDING TO THE NOTICES TO STUDENTS CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Wrestlers put agitation on hold for a week Anurag Thakur assures chargesheet in case against the sidelined WFI chief by June 15 U J W A L J A L A L I @ New Delhi TOP protesting wrestlers on Wednesday agreed to suspend their agitation after Union sports minister Anurag Thakur assured that the Delhi Police probe into charges of sexual harassment against sidelined Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh will be wrapped up by June 15. “We had a very positive discussion with the protesting wrestlers... They demanded that the investigation be concluded and a chargesheet be filed by June 15. This demand was agreed by consensus,” Thakur said after having a sixhour-long discussions with the a wrestler delegation. This was the second meeting between the government and the protesting wrestlers within five days. The grapplers had met Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday night. On Wednesday top wrestlers , including Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik met Thakur and made five significant demands, including the appointment of a woman WFI chief and the scrapping of police FIRs against them for violation of law and order on May 28. “In the meeting, it was suggested by the wrestlers that the WFI elections be held by June 30 and an Internal Complaints Committee of WFI be formed that should be headed by a woman,” Thakur said, adding all of them were agreed. “Also, two names of coaches were suggested by the wrestlers who will be part of the ad-hoc committee for technical assistance,” he added. The minister said all decisions were taken unanimously , adding the wrestlers had also demanded the withdrawal of cases against various academies and sportspersons as well as not allowing Singh and his associates to participate in the election process. The government also agreed to the demand not to allow Brij Bhushan Singh, who has completed three terms as president, Minister Anurag Thakur (L) after talks with wrestlers Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia on Wednesday | PARVEEN NEGI and his associates to contest the forthcoming elections. Bajrang Punia, while speaking to reporters after the marathon meeting, said that he was satisfied with the outcome and has decided to suspend the protest till June 15. If the government fails to deliver on its promise, the protest could be resumed, Punia said. Significantly, double World Championships medallist Vinesh Phogat, who had been spearheading the protest at the Jantar Mantar since April 23, skipped Wednesday’s meet. BJP circles abuzz with talk of shifting Bandi to Centre RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR @ New Delhi A series of meetings held by senior leaders of the BJP from Monday to Wednesday has sparked widespread speculation regarding an imminent organisational revamp within the party and a potential minor reshuffle before Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on his upcoming US tour. Sources reveal that the party’s senior members engaged in extensive discussions concerning organisational restructuring in several key states, including Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Kerala. It is believed that the BJP central leadership is contemplating changing the chiefs of the party units in numerous states, aiming to bolster the organisation in preparation for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. In Telangana and Karnataka, the BJP is expected to entrust new faces with party responsibilities. In Telangana, the party aims to revitalise its organisation in preparation for the upcoming state elections. THE SIT assigned to investigate the sensational TSPSC question paper leak case is on the verge of filing the chargesheet, marking the culmination of the exhaustive probe. While there has been a total of 54 arrests made thus far, sources say that the chargesheet has named 37 people allegedly involved in the case. Commencing in the second week of March, the probe has led to a series of arrests, with the tally reaching 54. The arrests began with nine accused, including prime accused Praveen Kumar and Rajashekar Reddy Subsequent ar. rests were made based on information gleaned during the questioning of these two key accused, who either played a significant role in the leak or were linked to the purchase and sale of the question paper. The SIT members are assembling a comprehensive collec- possibility of leadership changes in the BJP state units of Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala,” a trusted source within the BJP revealed. If sources are to be believed, the BJP is actively considering crucial modifications in the upper echelons of power in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, both states gearing up for upcoming elections. During the concluding three days of the meeting, the BJP leadership extensively discussed strategies to expand the ruling NDA. Speculation is rife regarding a potential alliance with the TDP, and recent discussions between TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu and Home Minister Amit Shah have fueled these speculations. Meanwhile, sources indicate that a minor reshuffle within the Union cabinet is imminent, either before Prime Minister Modi departs on his US tour or upon his return, with the intention of accommodating new faces in preparation for the upcoming general elections in 2024. There are whispers that certain ministers may be replaced and entrusted with new organisational responsibilities. Centre increases kharif crop MSPs by 5 to 10% J I T E N D R A C H O U B E Y @ New Delhi A day after removing the procurement ceiling for pulses under the price support scheme to encourage farmers to boost production, the Centre on Wednesday increased the minimum support price (MSP) of kharif crops. The latest move is to provide better remuneration to farmers and motivate them to diversify their crops. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved revision in MSP for all mandated kharif crops grown in 2023-24 crop year and procured in Kharif marketing season (OctoberSeptember). The decision MSP HIKE BY UPA GOVT (2004-05 TO 2013-14) VERSUS NDA GOVT (2014-15 TO 2023-24) % of % of increase increase during Kharif crops during 9 9 years of years of UPA rule NDA rule Paddy 134% 61% Tur/Arhar 209% 61% (pigeon peas) Urad (black gram) 205% 60% Maize 150% 60% Sunflower seeds 176% 80% Groundnut 167% 59% Soybean 184% 80% comes in the backdrop of weaker monsoons and reduced sowing areas. For primary food crops such as paddy, the new MSP stands at `2,183 per quintal — an in- President’s 2-day visit to Telangana from June 16 Travis Head (left) and Steve Smith take a run against India in the WTC final match at the Oval on Wednesday. Head remained unbeaten on 146 and Smith on 95 at close of play on Day One. The two added 251 runs for the fourth wicket | AFP | P11 tion of technical and scientific evidence, including bank transactions, which unearthed the majority of the offenders’ conspiracies. During the investigation, it was discovered that a significant number of government employees were involved, alongside the exam aspirants. Fifteen accused have been granted conditional bail, while the bail pleas of Praveen and Rajashekar, both outsourced employees of the TSPSC, were rejected. It is worth noting that Hyderabad Police Commissioner CV Anand had earlier indicated that the number of arrests in the case might reach 100. However, sources now suggest that crease of `143 from the previous year. The MSP of moong (green gram) has been increased by `803 to `8,558 and that of sesame by `805 to `8,635. The MSP for maize has been raised by 6.5% to `2,090 per quintal, tur/ arhar (pigeon peas) by 6% to `7,000, urad (black gram) by 5% to `6,950, groundnut by 9% to 6,377, sunflower by 5.6% to `6,760, and soybean by 7% to `4,600. However, the comparative data over the past nine years show that the rate of increment in MSP during the NDA rule (2014-2023) is significantly lower than that of the previous nine years (2004-2013) under the UPA government. EXPRESS READ AUSSIES GET HEAD START SIT ready with TSPSC paper leak chargesheet P R I YA R AT H N A M @ Hyderabad Current Telangana Bandi Sanjay the current state president, , may be handed a major responsibility at the national level within the party Sources indi. cated that the BJP is contemplating appointing new party chiefs in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala in order to prioritise state issues and better connect with the local populace, subject to the consent of the respective state units. The discussions also encompassed the recent electoral setback faced by the party in Karnataka. “There is a strong the recent arrest of one Ramesh from Warangal was more or less the last in the series and also the conclusion of the investigative process. The first complaint was lodged in Begum Bazaar and the case booked was of cheating and violating Section 8 of the Prevention of Examinations Malpractices Act. Since the case was handed over to the SIT, no information pertaining to the case or the financial transactions involved has been disclosed. The Police Commissioner and the SIT officer concerned have remained tight-lipped regarding the filing of the chargesheet, declining to comment or confirm any details. RAGGING BY SAIF DROVE DR PREETHI TO SUICIDE, SAYS CHARGESHEET | P2 Hyderabad: President Droupadi Murmu will be on a two-day visit to the State on June 16 and 17 to attend the Dundigal Air Force Academy passing out parade. The State government will hold a coordination meeting at the Secretariat at 11.30 am on Thursday to review arrangements for the President’s visit Mukhtar Ansari’s aide killed in Lucknow court Lucknow: One of the shooters of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, Sanjeev Maheshwari alias Sanjeev Jeeva, was shot dead in police custody while being brought for hearing in a case on Lucknow District court premises here on Wednesday | P8 If court orders are disregarded, where will citizens go, asks HC gle Resorts Pvt Ltd) alleging deliberate and willful disobediEXPRESSING frustration over ence of the court’s order dated the lack of accountability August 19, 2019. among government officers The dispute revolves around and their disregard for court a 20-acre property in Khanapr orders, a bench of the Telan- village, Gandipet mandal of gana High Court on Wednesday Rangareddy district, claimed asked the State machinery: both by the State as govern“Where will the citiment property and by zens go after this court the resort owners who and Supreme Court assert that they acpass orders and yet quired the land in 1998 they remain at the and possess valid title Where will the mercy of officers?” citizens go after documents and pattathis court and The bench, comprisdar passbooks. Supreme Court ing Chief Justice Ujjal The revenue authorpass orders and Bhuyan and Justice N ities had contested the yet they remain Tukaramji directed resort owners’ claims, at the mercy of the Rangareddy disciting irregularities in officers? trict Collector and the title deed and acTelangana Joint Collector, Racusing them of manipHigh Court jendernagar RDO and ulating revenue Gandipet mandal tahrecords. sildar to appear before it on In order to remove the identiJune 20, 2023, along with the E- ties of the resort owners from Pattadar Pass Books and the revenue records, the joint warned them of consequences collector issued an order to that if they continue to defy the effect. However, a single judge court’s directives. of the High Court overturned The bench was hearing a con- the authorities’ decision in tempt of court case filed by 2008, ordering the reinstateM/s. Pratap Enterprises Group ment of the owners’ names in Pvt Ltd (formerly Pratap Jun- the records. CONTINUED ON P5 T G N A I D U @ Hyderabad Viveka murder: HC allows ninhydrin test on letter EXPRESS NEWS S ERVI CE @ Hyderabad THE Special Court for CBI cases at Nampally, Hyderabad on Wednesday granted permission to the CBI to conduct a ninhydrin test on the letter written by YS Vivekananda Reddy just before his death to check for fingerprints on it. On February 11, 2021, the CBI forwarded the letter found at the crime scene to the CFSL laboratory. After checking it, the CFSL lab said that the letter was prepared by Vivekananda Reddy under duress. Following this, the CBI urged that the court to allow it to check the letter for fingerprints, and if found, whether they belong to the accused men. CBI also asked the court to allow it to replace the original letter with a colour photocopy in the event that the original letter and the script on it were damaged during the ninhydrin test. After hearing the arguments put forth by counsel for the CBI, the court granted permission to conduct the ninhydrin test.
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