r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 Sunrise: 06: 53 Sunset: 05: 41 HUMIDITY Morning : 53 Evening : 40 RNI No. 38281/83 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 25.6 C.13.2 C. Master Choa Kok Sui KCR, opponents engage in no-holds-barred attack Farm distress: Loan waiver no solution VOL. XXXVI NO. 176 | INDORE INDORE | MONDAY | DECEMBER 3, 2018 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 NATION Courage is the difference between success and failure. You must have this attitude: "This is the right thing to do, so let's do it." Ayushmann, the radical www.freepressjournal.in EDIT GLAM THOUGHT FOR THE DAY EVEN 34 YEARS AFTER THE WORST GAS TARGEDY IN BHOPAL ... Survivors left to fend for themselves Apathy of BJP and Cong stated to be reason for plight of victims News Brief Macron surveys damage after Paris riots, calls for talks PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday surveyed the damage from a day of riots across Paris and led a crisis meeting that ended with a call for further talks with anti-government activists who have staged two weeks of protests. Macron held crisis talks with the PM, interior minister and top security service officials to forge a response to the violence that left hundreds injured nationwide. Shirdi Trust to loan Rs 500 cr to Maha for canal network MUMBAI/SHIRDI: The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust in Shirdi will provide the "interest-free" loan of Rs 500 crore to the Maharashtra government for constructing a canal network for a dam. The Nilwande Dam is located on Pravara River and is expected to benefit 182 villages in Sangamner, Akole, Rahata, Rahuri and Kopargaon talukas in Ahmednagar district and Sinnar in Nashik. POK belongs to Pak: Abdullah BARAMULLA: Former chief minister of J&K Farooq Abdullah will not make nationalist too happy. He has been cited by a news portal as saying that just as J&K belongs to India, PoK belongs to Pakistan. Further, speaking on the Centre's stand on J&K's demand for autonomy, Abdullah said that it is not for the Centre to decide but a decision should be taken by the people of the state. Abdullah also advocated opening of the Sharada Peeth temple in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir for Kashmiri Pandits, on the lines of the Kartarpur Corridor. SHAHROZ AFRIDI BHOPAL It has been more than three decades but the plights of gas victims continue because of apathy of two mainstream parties--BJP and Congress. If the Congress helped Anderson escape, the BJP allowed the killers of Bhopal walk away from their liability thus allowing Dow to do business as usual in this country . A glaring example of it could be found at the official website of Dow Chemical where opinion of two senior lawyers-- Arun Jaitely and Abhishek Manu Singhvi-- has been displayed as a clean chit from the Indian government. Both the lawyers opined that 'The Dow Chemical Company (TDCC) cannot be found liable under the laws of India'. Ironically, these two lawyers are top leaders of two national parties BJP and Congress. Both have appeared for Dow Chemical and have argued in favour of Dow that paved the way for this company to continue its business and flourish in India. Moreover, a civil curative petition filed in the Supreme Court in 2010 against Dow Chemical and Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) remains unattended till date. The government's curative petition was filed to enhance the Survivors of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster take part in a torch rally on the 34th anniversary of tragedy in Bhopal on Sunday PTI In what is termed as the world's worst industrial disaster, over 15,000 were killed after methyl isocyanate leaked on the intervening night of Dec 2-3, 1984 from Carbide plant in Bhopal 1989 settlement agreement negotiated by the Indian government with the UCC and Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) to settle all claims arising from Bhopal gas tragedy. Dow Chemical in its website explains to its stakeholders that 'a curative petition is seldom used procedural device in India's legal system designed for rare and narrowly defined situations to cor- rect judgments entered as a result of procedural judicial error'. It further concludes by saying that, 'The curative petition- now dormant- has never been subject to a hearing.' "Political parties be it the BJP or the Congress have been playing games with the gas victims. They are completely apathetic towards the plight of victims and have always underplayed their BJP not thinking of Ram temple ordinance as of now: Vijayvargiya AGENCIES Kolkata BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said that his party was not thinking of bringing an ordinance 'as of now' for construction of the Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. He, however, asserted that it was only the saffron party that could construct the Ram temple at Ayodhya as 'no one else has the guts' to do it. According to him, the temple issue did "more harm than good" to the BJP as the matter was being used by the opposition "to terrorise minorities and polarise votes". "We would appeal to the court once again for a verdict on the issue (Ram Mandir). When a matter is in court, we should not be in a hurry and give it enough time to take a decision. "But if people's aspirations keep increasing, the government will have to take a call on it (whether to bring ordinance or not). As of now, the party is not thinking of bringing in an ordinance on construction of temple," Vijayvargiya told PTI in an interview. The Supreme Court has recently declined an early hearing of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. It had earlier fixed the case for the first week of January before an "appropriate bench", which will decide the schedule of hearing. When asked about the growing clamour for ordinance by various organisations and political outfits such as Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), RSS and Shiv Sena, he reiterated that they would have to appeal to the court for an early verdict. Thousands of devotees thronged Ayodhya on November 25 to attend VHP's 'Dharam Sabha' to discuss the Ram Mandir issue, with a senior religious leader asserting the dates for building the temple would be announced early next year. Last week, NDA-ally Shiv Sena's chief Uddhav Thackeray said the BJP government at the Centre "may not last" if the temple was not constructed in Ayodhya, warning that "emotions of Hindus should not be taken for granted". CONTD. ON P10 plight and pains," said Rachna Dhingra, convener of Bhopal Group for Information and Action. Organizations working for gas victims accused Gas Relief Minister Vishwas Sarang of misusing funds meant for economic and social rehabilitation of survivors. "Rs 104 crore were allocated in 2010 to provide jobs to 1 lakh Bhopal gas survivors and their children. After failing to provide employment to even one survivor in last 8 years, the minister is now spending more than Rs 60 cr of the money meant for employment generation on public works that are routinely funded by taxpayers money," said Rasheeda Bi, President of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh. Rachna of Bhopal Group for Information and Action expressed concern over the complicity of the Centre in misutilisation and misappropriation of funds meant for Bhopal survivors. "In 2014, we sent evidence of misappropriation of Rs 18 crore meant for economic rehabilitation of survivors to the CBI and to the Ministry of Chemicals that had provided the funds. No action has been taken against the known culprits till date. Documents show that in March this year the Ministry of Chemicals approved diverting of funds meant for survivors after objecting to it for three years. The residual chemical dumped at the factory site still awaits clearance from the site. It is believed to be the main reason that has been contaminating the ground water in areas around inhabited with lakhs of population, added Dhingra. I f you tend to stretch the truth while answering your doctor on questions related to exercise or diet, you have company Some people . lie to their doctors to avoid being judged, while others feel simply too embarrassed to tell the truth or just do not want to be lectured about how bad certain behaviours are, suggests new research. "Most people want their doctor to think highly of them," said the study's sen- FP NEWS SERVICE Vikarabad (Telangana) Sunil Arora takes charge as CEC, seeks support for 2019 polls NEW DELHI Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Sunday assumed charge as the 23rd Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), a day after O.P. Rawat demitted the office, and sought support from "all the stakeholders" for conducting the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. President Ram Nath Kovind had on November 27 appointed Arora in the post. He will have a nearly two and a half years tenure as CEC till April 2021, during which he would preside over the general election in 2019, besides elections to Assemblies of Sikkim, Andhra, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, Delhi, Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir. "I have already remained here as an EC for a little over a year. It is with utmost humility and an enormous sense of responsibility that I have just taken over as CEC," he said. About 60 to 80% of people surveyed were not forthcoming with their docs about information that could be relevant to their health ior author Angela Fagerlin from University of Utah in the US. "They're worried about being pigeonholed as someone who doesn't make good decisions," she added. Insights into the doctorpatient relationship came from an online survey of two populations. One survey captured responses from 2,011 participants who averaged 36 years old. The second was administered to 2,499 participants who were 61 on average. About 60 to 80 per cent of people surveyed were not forthcoming with their doctors about information that could be relevant to their health, according to the study published online in the journal JAMA Network Open. Besides fibbing about diet and exercise, more than a third of respondents did not speak up when they dis- AGENCIES New Delhi/Berne As Switzerland continues to shed its image as a safe haven for alleged black money, the Alpine nation has agreed to share with Indian authorities the details about two companies and three individuals who are facing multiple probes back in India. One of the two Indian companies used to be a publicly-listed entity and has already faced the wrath of capital markets regulator Sebi for multiple violations, while the other firm is said to have political links in Tamil Nadu. As per separate gazette notifications of the Swiss government, the country's federal tax department has agreed to provide 'administrative assistance' to India on requests made about Geodesic Ltd and Aadhi Enterprises Pvt Ltd. Similar requests have also been accepted for three individuals associated with Geodesic Ltd -- Pankajkumar Onkar Srivastava, Prashant Sharad Mulekar and Kiran Kulkarni. While the Swiss government did not disclose specific details related to the Swiss Federal tax dept has agreed to provide 'administrative assistance' to India about Geodesic Ltd & Aadhi Enterprises information and assistance sought by the Indian authorities regarding the two companies and the three individuals, such an 'administrative assistance' follows submission of proof about financial and tax-related wrongdoings and typically involves sharing of information relating to bank account details and other financial data. The concerned companies and the individuals can file an appeal against the decision of Switzerland's Federal Tax Administration (FTA) to provide administrative assistance to India. Repeated attempts to contact the two companies and the three individuals for their comments failed to yield any result. In the past, they have denied any wrongdoing. CONTD. ON P10 Yogi’s vow: Owaisi will have to flee Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath started his campaign in Telangana by giving a warning of sorts to AIMM leader Asaduddin Owaisi. "If BJP comes to power, I assure you Owaisi will have to flee from Telangana the same way the Nizam was forced to flee from Hyderabad," said Yogi Adityanath, who landed in Hyderabad on Sunday morning. ‘‘The BJP he ,’’ added, ‘‘will give security to all but will not allow those (to stay) who spread anarchy .’’ The Congress and TRS are "playing with" the interests of the people in Telangana and once more they would agreed with their doctor's recommendation. Another common scenario was failing to admit they did not understand their clinician's instructions. In both surveys, people who identified themselves as female, were younger, and self-reported as being in poor health were more likely to report having failed to disclose medically relevant information to their clinician. make efforts to take the State towards "Nizamshahi", he alleged. Owaisi and Yogi have never been the best of friends. In fact, Owiasi has taken on Yogi on several issues, including the time he said many postures of "surya namaskar" in yoga closely resembled that of "namaz". Addressing an election rally at Tandur town of Vikarabad district, Adityanath also accused the Congress of obstructing the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. "If anyone is creating an obstruction in the way of construction of a grand temple, it is the Congress, nobody except the Congress," he said. As regards the BJP he said it is for good , governance and development and wants a "Ram Rajya" in the country . ‘Hanuman not a tribal but Jain’ ith religious being given a caste tag by political Ware eyeing forfiguresown goodtoreasons -- communities parties -- their too the icons, hoping appropriate them for posterity. Lord Hanuman seems to be the flavour of the season. He has been dubbed a Dalit, a tribal, and now a Jain. A Jain priest in Bhopal has claimed that Hanuman was neither a Dalit nor a tribal, but a Jain. Aacharya Nirbhay Sagar Maharaj, who heads a Jain temple in Samasgad, nearly 25 km from Bhopal, said Hanuman was among the 169 great persons identified in Jainism. "Hanuman was a Kamdev. In Jainism, there are 24 Kamdevs. Hanuman was a kshatriya (warrior)." Making his claim, he said Jain scriptures have many references to Hanuman. "Like other Jains. Hanuman too did not have any caste," he explains, reports India Today.com. The attempt to drag the likes of Hanuman into identity politics is beginning to have its toll. Days after Yogi Adityanath claimed that Lord Hanuman was a Dalit, Bhim Army chief has declared that members of the community should take over all Hanuman temples in the country and appoint Dalits as priests. Petro-prices Run-Bhopal-Run continue to fall Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor and Tiger Shroff during 'Run-Bhopal-Run' in Bhopal, Sunday Here's why lying to doctors is common AGENCIES New York Swiss govt agrees to share details of two Indian Cos The trouble with a patient's dishonesty is that doctors cannot offer accurate medical advice when they don't have all the facts. "If patients are withholding information about what they're eating, or whether they are taking their medication, it can have significant implications for their health. Especially if they have a chronic illness," said the study's first author Andrea Gurmankin Levy , Associate Professor at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Connecticut, US. NEW DELHI Amid reports of a deal between Saudi Arabia and Russia to cut crude production, Indian state-run oil firms continued to lower transport fuel prices for the eleventh straight day on Sunday, with petrol prices touching the lowest level in the ongoing fiscal across the major metros. In the national capital, petrol price fell to Rs 72.23 per litre, against Saturday's level of Rs 72.53, according to data on the Indian Oil Corp's website. The price in Delhi was the lowest recorded level in 2018-19 so far, with the previous low being Rs 73.73 on April 1. Sabarimala: BJP workers defy prohibitory orders, try to wave black flags to CM Vijayan NILAKKAL/CHENGANNUR Amid charges that the BJP has diluted its agitation against the entry of young women into the Sabarimala temple, some party workers, led by its state general secretary B Gopalakrishnan, on Sunday defied prohibitory orders at Nilakkal, the pilgrim base camp located about 20 km from shrine. Eight BJP activists, who were on their way to Sabarimala, were stopped by police at Nilakkal. They violated the prohibitory orders by Donkeys have more grace than tantri: Min ALAPPUZHA: Kerala PWD Minister and CPI-M leader G. Sudhakaran on Sunday slammed the Sabarimala temple tantri saying the donkeys in the temple town have more grace. He said they (tantris) do not appear to have any attachment or concern towards Lord Ayyappa. squatting on road and chanting 'swamiye saranam Ayyappa'. In an unrelated incident, activists of BJP's youth wing, Yuva Morcha, attempted to wave black flags at CM Vijayan at Mulakkuzha near Chengannur when he was on his way to attend a function there. Two people were arrested in con- nection with this incident, police said. Five Mahila Morcha activists, who staged 'nama japa' protest at the CM's programme venue, were also arrested, they said. The women, who managed to enter the venue, stood up and chanted mantras when Vijayan was about to begin his speech.