FREE PRESS FP The publishers permit sharing of the e-paper's pdf on WhatsApp and other social media platforms - VOL. 12 NO. 156 | BHOPAL | THURSDAY | NOVEMBER 17, 2022 | PAGES 16 Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023; EDITIONS: INDORE, BHOPAL, UJJAIN, MUMBAI, PUNE Economic self-reliance empowers women: Prez WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN EDIT ABSENT PUTIN DOMINATES BALI FOR 24X7 UPDATES Idea of making women's SHGs a mass movement commendable, says Murmu OUR STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org President Droupadi Murmu has said to make India self-reliant and a developed nation, maximum participation of women is essential. Stressing on the need for empowering women, the President said that overall development of the country also lies in the progress of women. "Making women economically independent is an effective way of empowering them," she said while addressing a convention of Women's SelfHelp Groups at Motilal Nehru Stadium in Bhopal on Wednesday. President Droupadi Murmu being presentIed a shawl during a conference of SHGs in Bhopal on Wednesday.Governor Mangubhai Patel and CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan are also seen. Murmu, a symbol of women empowerment: CM Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan described President Murmu as a symbol of women empowerment. "She was born in an ordinary family, not in the house of a king or a leader. She did not inherit anything. But she moved forward on the strength of her hard work and dedication and covered a journey from a corporator to a minister and now she is adorning the office of President of India," said the Chief Minister addressing the gathering. The developmental works she had undertaken as a minister for the women and tribal community are lauded, she has become an inspiration for the women, he said. Ajay Maken steps down as incharge of Raj Congress JAIPUR News Brief Indian-origin MP secures gas tragedy debate in UK Parl LONDON : An Indian-origin Opposition Labour Party MP secured a debate in Westminster Hall of the UK Parliament to call for justice for the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy, which will mark its 38th anniversary early next month. Navendu Mishra, Labour MP for Stockport in northern England and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for India (Trade and Investment), called on the UK government to demand action in Britain from Dow Chemical - the owners of Union Carbide, the American corporation involved with the gas leak disaster in Dec 1984. During the parliamentary debate on Tuesday, he sought Britain's contribution to the campaign for justice in India and for UK govt pressure on Dow to face justice in the Indian courts. ISRO set to launch first-ever pvt rocket NEW DELH: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to make history on Friday when it will launch the first-ever private rocket on Friday, setting a new milestone in the 75 years journey of independent India. Rs 750cr loan fraud case against Rotomac NEW DELHI: The CBI has lodged a case against Kanpur-based Rotomac Global and its directors for allegedly cheating a consortium of banks led by Indian Overseas Bank to the tune of Rs of Rs 750.54 crore. In a major development in the ongoing political conflict of Rajasthan Congress, the in-charge general secretary of the party Ajay Maken has stepped down from the post. He has expressed his "inability and unwillingness to continue" as in charge of Rajasthan in a letter to Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge. His unwillingness to continue on the post has come at a time when Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra is set to enter the state in the first week of December and the party is gearing up to fight a by-election. In the one-page letter, Ajay Maken cited the reason for this move as the political developments that took place on September 25th in Jaipur. ‘it warrants the party’s interest in having a new in-charge of Rajasthan,’ said Maken in his letter. It is worth mentioning here that September 25th was the day when Maken and Kharge had come to Jaipur as party observers and called the Congress Legislature Party meeting to pass a one-line resolution to authorize the party president on the issue of leadership in the state. But around 92 Congress MLAs of CM Ashok Gehlot's faction not only boycotted the meeting but submitted their resignations to the speaker of the assembly . As it was not enough, the parliamentary affairs minister Shanti Dhariwal who was allegedly leading these MLAs had accused Maken of being ‘biased’. Maken was annoyed with the whole episode. In the meantime, the issue of leadership and conflict of factions is still unresolved in the state and the action on three leaders who were given show cause notices by the party is also pending. Ajay Maken in his letter has stated that as Bharat Jodo Yatra is all set to enter Rajasthan in the first week of December and a by-election is also taking place, 'it is imperative to have a new General Secretary in charge as soon as possible.' He described himself as a soldier of Rahul Gandhi, adding that he wants to concentrate in Delhi through trade unions and NGOs. CONTD. ON P6 "Economic self-reliance is an effective means of empowering women. Economic and social self-reliance complement each other. Self-Help Groups can contribute effectively to make women self-reliant," the President said. Murmu expressed confidence that with the contribution of women, India would emerge as a developed nation in near future. She was happy to note that the conference is being organised with the aim of progress of society by empowering women. Self-Help "Women's Groups are good platforms for bringing women together," the president said. More than four lakh women's Self-Help Groups are active in Madhya Pradesh, she noted, adding that greater participation in such groups by women will strengthen the economy, society as well as the country. CONTD. ON P6 Wearing masks not mandatory anymore in flights in India NEW DELHI: Keeping in view the declining cases of Covid-19 in the country, the government on Wednesday removed mandatory requirement to wear masks in flights. The Ministry of Civil Aviation said that the decision has been taken following a review meeting on the issue with the Ministry of Health. "The matter, regarding the requirement for mandatory use of masks or face covers during air travel, has been reviewed in consultation with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. "In line with the Government of India's policy of graded approach of Covid-19 management response, the in-flight announcements henceforth may only mention that in view of the threat posed by Covid-19, all passengers should preferably use mask/face covers," the Ministry said in an office memorandum. The Ministry said that any reference of fine need not be announced with regard to use of masks. "Any specific reference to fine/penal action need not be announced as part of the in-flight announcements. Hence, consolidated Covid-19 instructions for domestic and international air travel issued for passengers, airport operators and airlines issued vide order dated May 10, 2022 stands modified to that extent," it said. MILES TO GO… Pg-16 PM, Sunak discuss collaboration in trade, defence, security BALI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his UK counterpart Rishi Sunak on Wednesday on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Bali and the discussions touched on important sectors of collaboration such as trade, mobility, defence and security . This was the first meeting between the two leaders. Rishi Sunak became the Prime Minister of the UK last month. PM Modi congratulated him on assuming office. The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the state of the wide-ranging India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and progress on the Roadmap 2030 for Future Relations, an MEA release said. The two leaders appreciated the importance of working together in bilateral and multilateral forums including G20 and the Commonwealth. "Discussions touched upon important sectors of collaboration such as trade, mobil, ity defence and security the ," release said. Rishi Sunak is the first Indian-origin Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. CONTD. ON P6 "Representation has been sent to CEO Gujarat to enquire and take action as warranted," said the official. Earlier, after the high-voltage drama over alleged kidnapping of Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Surat (East) Kanchan Jariwala, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia visited the Election Commission Office seeking action against BJP on Wednesday . AGENCIES Przewodow NATO member Poland and the head of the military alliance both said on Wednesday a missile strike in Polish farmland that killed two people did not appear to be an intentional attack, and that air defences in neighbouring Ukraine likely launched the Sovietera projectile against a Russian bombardment that savaged its power grid. "Ukraine's defence was launching their missiles in various directions and it is highly probable that one of these missiles unfortunately fell on Polish territory ," said Polish President Andrzej Duda. "There is noth- A busload of frantic passengers and a wild tusker in the middle of a forest path...! What more could a driver expect while driving a bus through a winding road. But, the calm driver drove the vehicle in reverse for over eight kms, negotiating the sharp curves and bends on the forest road and saved the lives of over 40 passengers while the animal came charging towards them. REVERSES BUS FOR 8 KM AFTER CHASED BY WILD ELEPHANT IN KERALA, VIDEO GOES VIRAL The visuals of the encounter, which took place at Valparai route in Chalakudy in this district on Tuesday, have gone viral on social media. In the video, believed to have been shot by some passengers using their mobile phone, the jumbo could be seen coming from the opposite direction of the private bus. The panic-stricken passengers could be heard asking the driver to reverse the bus as there was no sufficient room to manoeuvre around and turn back on the narrow forest path. A seasoned driver, Ambujakshan, drove the bus in reverse gear from Ambalapara to Anakkayam till the tusker, which was keeping pace WEATHER 28.40c. 15.30c Sunrise : 06.39 Sunset : 05.43 G-20 presidency to be decisive and action-oriented: Modi NEW DELHI India's G20 presidency will be inclusive, ambitious, decisive, and action-oriented, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday . Speaking during the closing session of the G20 Summit in Bali, the Prime Minister said: "India is taking charge of the G20 at a time when the world is simultaneously grappling with geopolitical tensions, economic slowdown, rising food and energy prices, and the long-term ill-effects of the (Covid) pandemic. At such a time, the world is looking at the G20 with hope. "Today, I want to assure that India's G20 presidency will be inclusive, ambitious, decisive, and actionoriented." He further said that in the next one year of India's presidency of the G20, it would be ensured that the forum acts as a global prime mover to envision new ideas and accelerate collective action. "The sense of ownership MISSILE KILLS TWO Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo take part in the handover ceremony at the G20 Leaders' Summit, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on Wednesday G20 declaration underlines urgency to rapidly transform, diversify energy systems The G20's Bali Declaration on Wednesday underlined the urgency to rapidly transform and diversify energy systems by accelerating and ensuring clean, sustainable and affordable energy transitions. Members of the grouping reiterated their commitment to achieve global net zero greenhouse gas emissions by or around midcentury, while taking into account the latest scientific developments and different national circumstances. over natural resources is giving rise to conflict today, and has become the main cause of the plight of the ing, absolutely nothing, to suggest that it was an intentional attack on Poland." NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, at a meeting of the 30-nation military alliance in Brussels, echoed the preliminary Polish findings, saying: "We have no indication that this was the result of a deliberate attack." The initial assessments of Tuesday's deadly missile landing appeared to dial back the likelihood of the strike triggering another major escalation in the nearly 9-month-old Russian invasion of Ukraine. If Russia had deliberately targeted Poland, that could have risked drawing NATO into the conflict. Still, Stoltenberg and oth- ers laid overall but not specific blame on Russian President Vladimir Putin's war. "This is not Ukraine's fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility Stoltenberg ," said. Before the Polish and NATO assessments, US President Joe Biden had said it was "unlikely" that Russia fired the missile but added: "I'm going to make sure we find out exactly what happened." Three US officials said preliminary assessments suggested it was fired by Ukrainian forces at an incoming Russian one. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorised to discuss the matter publicly . CONTD. ON P6 Devotees take boat ride at Sangam during sunset, in Prayagraj, on Wednesday Talking to the media, Sisodia claimed that this was probably for the first time in the history that a candidate has been kidnapped. He said that the Election Commission should take it seriously and take action immediately He alleged that AAP's candidate . had to withdraw the nomination and later the police left him among BJP goons. CONTD. ON P6 Brave driver saves 40 passengers chased by tusker AGENCIES/ THRISSUR `3 QUALITY AT VALUE environment. For the safe future of the planet, the sense of trusteeship is the solution. CONTD. ON P6 Missile fired by Ukraine not Russia, say Poland, NATO EC sends AAP's representation to Guj for further action NEW DELHI : The Election Commission on Wednesday met the four-member AAP delegation led by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. As per a senior official, their representation about alleged coercion of a candidate from Surat East for withdrawing his candidature and taken to an undisclosed location was received. RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 with the vehicle, gave up. "It was an unforgettable experience... Everyone was gripped with fear... there was no way other than taking the bus in reverse gear for over eight kilometers," he said on Wednesday. Residents said the tusker, which caused some anxious moments, has been frequenting the place for over two years. He was named 'Kabali', the title character of a Rajinikanth-starrer movie with the same name, by the locals. 2 minor boys held on charges of raping 10-year-old girl GUNA: Two minor boys have been detained over alleged rape of a 10-year-old girl in Madhya Pradesh's Guna district, a police official said on Wednesday . The incident occurred at a village under Chachoda police station limits on Tuesday, said Superintendent of Police (SP) Pankaj Shrivastava. According to a complaint filed by the victim's family, the girl was raped by one of the minor boys when she was grazing buffaloes near her village, while the other accused stood guard, he said. The SP said both the accused, aged around 15, were detained under relevant sections of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Jinping, Trudeau exchange barbs at G20 meet in Bali AGENCIES Beijing/Bali Chinese President Xi Jinping and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday exchanged barbs on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali over the leaked reports of their meeting. In perhaps a very rare open remark captured on television camera, an agitated Xi was seen objecting to Trudeau saying whatever they discussed in their earlier meeting was leaked to the media. "Everything we discuss has been leaked to the paper, that's not appropriate," Xi told Trudeau through a translator on the sidelines of the closing session of the G20 meeting. "That is not how the way the conversation was conducted," he said. But 50year-old Trudeau, who looked impatient, interrupted the translator, saying: “We believe in free and open and frank dialogue and that is what we will continue to have. We will continue to look to work constructively together but there will be things we will disagree on." CONTD. ON P6 Arrest warrant against Union minister Pramanik in 2009 jewellery theft case ALIPURDUAR : A court in Alipurduar has issued an arrest warrant against Union Minister of State for Home Nisith Pramanik in connection with thefts at two jewellery stores 13 years ago. The hearing of the case was conducted at the judicial magistrate's court and no lawyer representing the minister, also a BJP MP, was present at the court when the warrant was issued. Along with the minister, the warrant of arrest was also issued against another accused on Nov 11. Pramanik's lawyer Dulal Ghosh did not disclose their next legal move. The incidents of theft had taken place at jewellery shops near Alipurduar railway station and Birpara in 2009. Public prosecutor Jahar Majumdar told PTI on Wednesday that the matter was transferred from a special MP/MLA court in North 24 Parganas district to the Alipurduar court on the directions of the Calcutta High Court. Pramanik is a resident of Dinhata town near the Bangladesh border in north Bengal. The minister, who was elected in 2019 to the Lok Sabha for the first time, had joined the saffron party in February 2019. He was earlier with the Trinamool Congress before being expelled for alleged anti-party activities.