FREE PRESS - VOL. 12 NO. 148 | BHOPAL | WEDNESDAY | NOVEMBER 9, 2022 | PAGES 14 Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023; FOR 24X7 UPDATES EDIT DISSENT MAKES THE VERDICT WEIGHTIER SHARM EL-SHEIKH (EGYPT) News Brief 50 students fall ill after midday meal As many as 50 students of a middle school of Bihar's Bhojpur district fell ill after consuming the midday meal on Tuesday, officials said. The incident occurred at Harnam Tola under Piro police station in the district. The victims were admitted in the referral hospital Piro for treatment and their conditions are said to be stable. Cong leader dies during Yatra A Congress Seva Dal functionary died after collapsing on Tuesday during the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra in Maharashtra's Nanded district on Tuesday, party leaders said. Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is leading the foot march, expressed grief over the death of the Seva Dal general secretary Krishna Kumar Pandey. Need 5-6 sqdns of 4.5 gen aircraft Emphasising induction of modern aircraft to sustain and enhance the Indian Air Force's combat potential, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari has said that the force requires five to six squadrons of 4.5 generation aircraft to meet its immediate requirements. "As per our airforce requirement, it's very important for us to add 4.5 generation aircraft to our inventory. Definitely, we require 4.5 generation aircraft, five to six squadrons of these aircraft to meet immediate requirements," Chaudhari said. Javadekar to head RS's ethics panel Former Union minister Prakash Javadekar and BJP MP C M Ramesh have been appointed as chairpersons of Rajya Sabha's ethics and housing committees, respectively. Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar reconstituted several committees and appointed their chairpersons, according to notifications issued by the Secretariat of the Upper House. Three Chola-era idols seized Three Chola-era idols, said to be in the possession of a German national, were seized from him in Auroville, the Tamil Nadu Idol Wing CID said on Tuesday. The bronze idols of Nataraj, Amman and Chandrasekhara were discreetly concealed on an attic in the first floor of the German national's sprawling house in Auroville, Puducherry. Experts believe that these antique idols could belong to Chola-era and are reported to be worth several crores in the international market. On the first day of COP27, the presidents and ministers from Palau, Nigeria, Costa Rica, the UK, France, and the US have affirmed their support for the 30x30 target which commits countries to a global effort to achieve the protection of at least 30 per cent of the planet's land and ocean by 2030 to help curb biodiversity loss and climate change. President of Palau, Surangel S. Whipps Jr, on Monday announced that Palau has joined the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, an intergovernmental group championing the protection of at least 30 per cent of the world's land and ocean by 2030. Engineer H. Musa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Environment and Climate Change from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, announced that all 15 members of the Economic Community of West African Demonetisation anniv: Cong demands white paper from Modi govt NEW DELHI The Congress on Tuesday alleged that demonetisation was independent India's "greatest organised loot" and demanded a white paper from the Modi government on the 2016 move. Addressing a press conference on the sixth anniversary of demonetisation at the AICC headquarters here, Congress leader Gourav Vallabh said Prime Minister Modi had surprised all by declaring that currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 were being scrapped on this day in 2016 and the decision triggered "panic, creating unspeakable problems linked to cash and destroying countless small and medium businesses". It has been six years since independent India's "greatest organised loot", Vallabh said and accused the government of destroying the economy through demonetisation. Cash in circulation today is Rs 30.88 lakh crore, while it was merely Rs 17.97 lakh crore in November 2016, he said. INT'L DROUGHT RESILIENCE ALLIANCE LAUNCHED At the initiative of Senegalese President Macky Sall and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, leaders from over 25 countries and 20 organisations launched the International Drought Resilience Alliance to accelerate action and help countries to be better prepared for future droughts. Sanchez and Sall rallied world leaders to create the Alliance as "a specific solution for the UN" to the impacts of climate change. In a joint communication, the two leaders declared: "We are only as resilient to climate change as our land is. Building resilience to drought disasters is the way to secure the gains we make on each sustainable development goal, particularly for the most vulnerable people. States (ECOWAS) had agreed to support 30x30 as part of an "ECOWAS Appeal for an Am- bitious Global Response to the Biodiversity Crisis". Lord Zac Goldsmith, Min- CM TELLS OFFICIALS Investors’ summit should be result-oriented OUR STAFF REPORTER City.email@example.com Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the Investors' Summit to be held in Indore in January 2023 should yield results and prove fruitful for industrialists and investors. He said investors and industrialists should be given detailed information about needs, investment opportunities and possibilities of the state. The industrialists should be made aware of the possibilities of industries related to manufacturing of agricultural implements and manufacturing of pharma and medical devices in the state. He was addressing a meeting from his residential office on Tuesday. He will also invite industrialists and investors for the summit. On November 10 in Mumbai, he will meet MD and CEO of Mahindra & Mahindra Dr. Anish Shah, CEO of Hindustan Unilever Sanjiv Mehta and Directors of Reliance Industries Anant Ambani and Dhanraj Nathwani, MD of CEAT Tyres Anant Goenka, CMD of US Pharma Tapan Sanghvi, Director of Chomerics Life Sciences AK Mishra, Encube Ethicals Pharma MD Mehul Shah, Gufic Biosciences CMD Jayesh Choksi and Vice-Chairperson of Piramal Group Dr Swati Piramal. He will also attend inaugural programme of Infobeans Limited and a session on investment prospects in Madhya Pradesh. He will discuss possibilities of setting up units related to manufacturing of pharmaceutical and medical equipment with the industrialists working in this sector. CONTD. ON P6 ister of State for the UK, announced that in discussions with the governments of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, they had all declared their support for the 30x30 land and ocean target. This makes a total of 112 countries from every region on the earth who now support the 30x30 target. All the leaders at the event expressed their determination to get a global agreement for 30x30 at the upcoming COP15, the Convention on Biological Diversity summit to be held in Montreal in December, and affirmed their ambition to achieve 30x30 targets together. "The commitments to be made this week should include the goal of achieving 30x30. Protecting 30 per cent of the world's ocean is a manageable target for all countries and we should not entertain any excuses for not achieving that goal," said Surangel S. Whipps Jr, President of Palau. CONTD. ON P6 Ex-IPS officer launches political party ahead of Gujarat polls AHMEDABAD: Former IPS officer DG Vanzara on Tuesday launched a political party based on "Hindutva" ideology which will contest the next month's Assembly elections in Gujarat. Vanzara, a former "encounter specialist", was acquitted in the alleged fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsiram Prajapati and discharged in the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case. He said the people of Gujarat will have an alternative in the newly-floated "Praja Vijay Party" (PVP) as Congress and AAP cannot be "alternatives" to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state. The PVP will contest all 182 seats in the two-phase polls scheduled on December 1 and 5, but it is not clear whether Vanzara will enter the poll fray . "People of Gujarat do not easily accept a non-Hindut. va party Only a Hindutva party can provide an alternative to the BJP. Today, I want the people of the state and the country to know that 'Praja Vijay Party' is a Hindutva party," Vanzara told a press conference. Prime Minister said. "G20 Presidency is not merely a diplomatic meeting for India, it is a new responsibility and a measure of the world's trust in India. "Environment is a global cause for us as well as personal responsibility It will . be our effort that there should be no first world or third world, but only one world. Our G20 mantra is One Earth, One Family, One Future," Modi said. "G20 will not be limited to Delhi or a few places. Every citizen, state government and political party should participate in it," he emphasised. Unveils logo, theme website of India's G20 presidency Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils the logo, theme and website of India’s G20 presidency, via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Tuesday EVERYTHING’S FAIR IN LOVE Raj teacher changes gender to marry student BHARATPUR The adage "Everything is fair in love and war" was proven true in the town of Deeg in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. Meera Kuntal, a physical education teacher at the Government Secondary School here, has undergone gender change surgery to become a male and now goes by the name Aarav Kuntal. After the gender change, Aarav married Kalpana, his student from the school. They fell in love while in school, but the same gender was creating problems in their lives. That is when he decided to change gender. Speaking about their love affair, Kalpana said, "I loved him from the beginning. Even if he had not undergone this surgery I , would have married him. I went along with him for the surgery Aarav, informing ." about his gender change, 32.70c. 17.60c said that he was unable to accept his body He felt . trapped within his body It . was way back in 2010 that he came across a newspa- per cutting from where he got to know about the surgery and since then wanted to get it done. And, after much research and consideration, they finally zeroed in on Dr Narendra Kaushik of Olvec Hospital in Delhi. Aarav Kuntal, the teacher who changed his gender said, "I always wished to undergo surgery to change my gender. I had my first surgery on 25 December 2019." His surgery was conducted in phases and lasted Sunrise : 06.35 Sunset : 05.46 MR MULTITASKER! Pg-14 One Earth, One Family, One Future mantra will pave path for global welfare: PM NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday unveiled the logo, theme and website of India's G20 Presidency via video-conferencing, saying that it reflects the country's "message and overarching priorities" to the world. India will assume the G20 Presidency on December 1 from the current President Indonesia. "India is set to assume G20 Presidency It is a . moment of pride for 130 crore Indians. The notion of universal brotherhood is being reflected via the G20 logo. The lotus in the logo of G20 is a symbol of hope in these tough times," the WEATHER EDITIONS: INDORE, BHOPAL, UJJAIN, MUMBAI, PUNE 112 nations to protect 30% of land, oceans by 2030 WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN `3 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 three years, which ended in December 2021. Talking about his son, Aarav's father Veeri Singh said that he never felt as if he was a girl. Aarav (Meera) was always proactive in sports and has never worn the attire of a girl. He always dressed as a boy and we supported him. Aarav's father said, "My other four daughters tie Rakhi to Aarav now and their children call him 'Mama' (maternal uncle)". CONTD. ON P6 Senior Guj Cong leader Mohansinh Rathva quits party, joins BJP GANDHINAGAR: Senior Congress leader in Gujarat and former Leader of Opposition Mohansinh Rathva on Tuesday resigned from the party and joined the , BJP along with his two sons. In his resignation letter addressed to the state Congress chief Jagdish Thakor, the senior tribal leader from central Gujarat and 10-time MLA gave no reason for quitting. Party Working President Lalit Kagathra told media persons that the party has always given respect to the senior leader and, if after 50 years, it thinks of fielding some other candidate in his place or does not agree to the demand of nominating his son as his successor, is it the party's fault. He said if the party nominated his son as candidate, the media would say that the Congress is promoting 'Parivarvad' (nepotism) at the cost of committed party workers. CONTD. ON P6 LAST LUNAR ECLIPSE OF 2022 Moon partially covered by the earth’s shadow during the lunar eclipse on Tuesday ‘WOULD LIKE TO KEEP IT GOING’ JAISHANKAR ON RUSSIAN OIL IMPORTS MOSCOW India's relationship with Russia has worked to its advantage and New Delhi would like to keep that going, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday, as he reaffirmed strong ties with Moscow, describing the country as a steady and time-tested partner. Jaishankar made these remarks during a joint press conference along with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. Answering a question about India's increasing oil import amid western outcry he said, "There is stress , on the energy market created by a combination of factors. But as the world's third-largest consumer... a consumer where the level of income is not very high, it World has concerns on terrorism emanating from Afghanistan External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said terrorism and terrorists operating out of Afghanistan remain a concern for the world, as he also highlighted the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country, which he says is not getting the attention it deserves. Delivering a joint press conference alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Jaishankar said the world must not forget what the situation is in Afghanistan and pointed out how India is supporting Afghan people in the difficult phase of their history. is our obligation to ensure that the Indian consumer has the best possible access India's first pvt rocket launch likely between Nov 12 & 16 NEW DELHI India's first privately developed rocket - Vikram-S - is set for a launch between November 12 and 16, Hyderabad-based space startup Skyroot Aerospace announced on Tuesday . The maiden mission of Skyroot Aerospace, named 'Prarambh' (the beginning), will carry three customer payloads and is set for launch from Indian Space Research Organisation's launchpad at Sriharikota. "A launch window between November 12 and 16 has been notified by authorities, the final date being confirmed based on weather conditions," Skyroot Aerospace CEO and co-founder Pawan Kumar Chandana said. With this mission, Skyroot Aerospace is set to become the first private space company in India to launch a rocket into space, heralding a new era for the space sector which was opened ISRO set for first runway landing experiment of reusable launch vehicle The Indian Space Research Organisation appears set for the first runway landing experiment (RLVLEX) of Reusable Launch Vehicle - Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) from aeronautical test range in Karnataka's Chitradurga district, with its Chairman S Somanath indicating that weather is being monitored. up in 2020 to facilitate private sector participation. "The Vikram-S rocket is a single-stage sub-orbital launch vehicle which would carry three customer payloads and help test and validate the majority of the technologies in the Vikram series of space launch vehicles," Naga Bharath Daka, Chief Operating Officer of Skyroot Aerospace, said in a statement. CONTD. ON P6 to the most advantageous terms on the international market." CONTD. ON P6 Trudeau accuses China of poll interference OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accused China of election interference and playing "agwith games" gressive democracies. Addressing reporters on , Monday Trudeau said: "We significant taken have measures to strengthen the integrity of our elections processes and our systems, and will continue to invest in the fight against election interference, against foreign interference of our democracies and institutions. "Unfortunately, we're seeing countries, state actors from around the world, whether it's China or others, are continuing to play aggressive games with our our with institutions, democracies." INDIA MAKES WAVE IN TECHNICAL FIELD Indian scientist gets Bailey K Ashford Amazon Research Award for PIO prof Medal for work in tropical medicine to study machine learning systems NEW DELHI: The world's largest scientific organisation in tropical medicine, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, has awarded the prestigious 2022 Bailey K Ashford Medal and 2022 Fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (FASTMH) award to an Indian physician-scientist. Dr Subash Babu, Scientific Director of the ICER-India programme at The ICMRNational Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai was given the awards on October 30 at the annual ASTMH meeting held in Seattle, USA. NEW YORK: An Indian-American professor of computer science at a university in the US has received an Amazon Research Award to design a tool that minimises negative user experiences. Pavithra Prabhakar, who is the Peggy and Gary Edwards chair in engineering, was one of 74 recipients of the awards from Amazon, which also includes an unrestricted gift, access to more than 300 Amazon public datasets, and Amazon Web Services' artificial intelligence and machine learning services and tools, the Kansas State University said in a statement.