www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 10 MARCH 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Partly cloudy Temp: Max.36°C. Min.23°C. Humidity: 26% Sunrise: 06:23 Sunset: 06:20 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Cong to take up Jayant Sinha calls for cudgels for Dalits solution-centric approach T P3 WINDOWS Trump threatens to impose ‘reciprocal tax’ Washington: US President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to impose "reciprocal tax" on countries like India and China if they do not match America's tariff. Trump has, in recent days, spoken many times about the 50 per cent duty that India levies on high-end motorbikes. He has repeatedly insisted that the US levies "zero" duty — or "nothing" — on motorbikes imported from India. S P8 $5mn reward for Pak’s Maulana Fazlullah Washington (PTI): The US on Friday announced a $ 5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Maulana Fazlullah, the chief of the banned terror outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan which has carried out several deadly attacks, including the 2014 Peshawar school massacre in which over 150 people, mostly students, were killed. The announcement by the State Department came a day after Fazlullah’s son was reported killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan. Don-Kim meet by May Washington: Donald Trump said on Thursday night he would meet Kim Jong-un within two months and the North Korean leader has vowed to stop nuclear tests. In an extraordinary development, the US president said he would sit down with the North Korean leader "by May", which, if it goes ahead, would be the first time a sitting US president has met a North Korea leader. It followed an invitation from Mr Kim to talk, which was conveyed to the White House by South Korean officials after they met with the North Korean leader. S P8 elangana Pradesh Congress Committee President N Uttam Kumar Reddy announced that a unique initiative “Dalitula Kosam Congress” (Congress for Dalits) will be launched soon to bring party closer to SCs and Scheduled Tribes (STs). KCR’s Front may provide succour to AP TRS chief plans to bring all regional parties under one roof OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The fast-paced political developments in Andhra Pradesh ever since the TDP pulled out of NDA government on Special Category Status issue have kicked up an intense political debate on whether this would lead to realignment of forces like TDP and YSRC joining the federal front that KCR is assembling at national level against the NDA. While Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan has already announced his support to the KCR’s front, the TRS supremo is closely watching the political developments in Andhra in the wake of two Union ministers of TDP quitting the Central cabinet and the YSRC intensifying its movement for Special Category Status. According to sources, the TRS chief has spoken to some of his close Andhra friends in TDP as well as those in YSRC and dis- cussed the political strategies of the two parties ahead of the 2019 elections. “KCR is keen to bring either TDP or the YSRC into his third front so that he could have traction in South India. KCR may even have a meeting with TDP and YSRC leaders in the next two months. The meeting is aimed at arriving at a consensus on issues to be taken up by the front,” a source said. KCR is already in consultations with DMK leaders from Tamil Nadu. Unconﬁrmed reports say Kamal Haasan who ﬂoated his party recently has already supported KCR’s initiative to consolidate the regional parties and ﬁght against national parties’ dominance. A Telangana state minister, on the condition of anonymity, told The Hans India that the regional parties are dominating the South India politics. Continued on P4 U nion Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha on Friday called for a solution-centric approach to create a best in world-class air cargo industry in the country. Air cargo activity should be taken to regional airports and the Centre will extend all the possible support towards this, said the minister. P9 Right to die with dignity a fundamental right: SC Apex court legalises passive euthanasia and living wills New Delhi: Upholding the right to die with dignity, the Supreme Court on Friday gave legal sanction to passive euthanasia and execution of a living will of persons suffering from chronic terminal diseases and likely to go into a permanent vegetative state. In a unanimous judgment by a constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, the apex court also laid down procedural guidelines governing the advance directive of a living will. The guidelines will operate till a legislation is put in place. Who can execute it? Where and by whom can it be given effect to? What is the role of the medical board? How to revoke it? These are some of the questions that the court has settled in its ruling. Continued on P4 The Judgement Passive euthanasia can be allowed under exceptional circumstances. It can be voluntary and non-voluntary. It is voluntary if the patient requests mercy killing She was beautiful... but today, when I saw her, I almost wished that god gives her a quick death to end her ordeal —Anand Shanbaug, Aruna's brother Law of land The SC said until Parliament enacts a law, its verdict on active and passive euthanasia will be in force. "It has to be debated upon," law minister M Veerappa Moily said Tragic Aruna Shanbaug has been in a vegetative state for 37 years Euthanasia: Finer points GUIDELINES Call on passive euthanasia must be taken by the parents, spouse or relatives, or in their absence, a person or body of persons acting as friend. They must make a plea before HC. The HC would decide after seeking the opinion of at least three doctors. Passive: Is defined as withdrawing medical treatment with the intention of causing the patient's death. Eg, if a patient required kidney dialysis to survive, doctors disconnect the machine Active: Death caused by use of lethal substances. This is still illegal in India Voluntary: Is euthanasia conducted with the patient's consent Involuntary: If euthanasia is carried out on a patient, who is not in a condition to express a desire to die, it is nonvoluntary. The decision has to be taken by a surrogate, family or by a panel of doctors CATHOLIC BODY CONDEMNS VERDICT Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Catholic Bishop's Council has condemned the Supreme Court verdict on Euthanasia. KCBC president Soosai Pakiam said the SC decision was both painful and objectionable. "God is the only custodian of life. Humanitarians cannot approve the killing of another fellow being suffering from old age or disease, even if the life is taken off in the name of kindness or pity towards the person who suffers", KCBC president said. According to him, such a verdict would create wideranging implications in the society. Those who suffer from old age should be provided all humanly possible care and solace until he/she dies a natural death, he said. Plans afoot to bring in nearby villages into Corpn Hyderabad: The state government is all set to bring in an amendment in the ensuing Assembly session to the Telangana State Municipalities Act 1965 so as to enable merger of villages near Hyderabad into Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. Apart from the GHMC, the villages with more population in other parts of the state would also be merged with the nearby municipalities or corporations. According to higher officials in the Municipal Administration and Urban Development department, the idea behind merger is to regulate the development in villages which have been witnessing phenomenal growth in population. Continued on P4 Even I am not being allowed to speak: Speaker New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday said that even she was not being allowed to speak in the lower House of Parliament and hoped that order will be restored in the house in the coming week. "No one is allowing even me to speak in the house," the Speaker told the media here when asked about the opposition leaders' charge that they were not allowed to speak in the Lok Sabha. She said Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge was also not able to speak because of the ruckus in the Lok Sabha. l l you can transfer it to another person or your family member. Here is a guideline released by the Indian Railways, world’s fourth largest railway network, to avail this facility: “Chief Reservation Supervisor of important stations are authorised by Railway Administration to permit the change of name of a passenger having a seat or berth reserved in his name,” says a statement released by the Indian railways. If the passenger is a government servant, proceeding on duty, he/she can make written request 24 hours before the scheduled departure of trains. The name on the ticket will be changed to another person’s name for whom the ticket transfer is sought. (We die in the vain hope of death/ We die, but death eludes us) Union Ministers to scrutinise Centrallysponsored schemes in Telangana K CHANDRASEKHAR TDP MP & Former Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju with party MPs protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue demanding special status for AP, in New Delhi on Friday Marte hain aarzoo mein marne ki, Maut aati hai par nahin aati TS goes under Centre’s scanner GHMC TO BE MADE MUCH GREATER V R C PHANIHARAN Hyderabad: KCR’s chickens seem to be coming home to roost, rather too early. Ever since KCR used intemperate language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a public meeting of farmers in Karimnagar recently, the Centre seems to be feeling a little ill at ease. According to senior officials, the state administration and ministers are all set to face the ‘lotus heat’ in addition to sweltering heat during daytime on account of summer advancing. If party sources in the BJP are to be believed, soon after the completion of the ongoing session of Parliament senior officials from different central de- Now, you can transfer your train ticket New Delhi: You have known all your life that reserved railway tickets cannot be transferred. If a person doesn’t want to travel he would have to get his ticket cancelled to get his money back. However, new guidelines released by the Indian Railways have said that the tickets can be transferred. Chief reservation supervisors of important stations are authorised to change the name of a passenger who has a reserved ticket. If you are holding a conﬁrmed reservation ticket and for some reason you cannot travel or have a change in plans, MOVIES ON THE ISSUE Last year, Guzaarish (top) dealt with the issue of euthanasia. In 2009, a Marathi film, Sukhant, sensitively portrayed a family struggling with the issue of mercy killing Legalised elsewhere NETHERLANDS First country to legalise euthanasia in 2002 MEXICO Active euthanasia is illegal. Since 2008, allows the terminally ill to refuse medication or further medical treatment to extend life SWITZERLAND Supports voluntary euthanasia. Assisted suicide is penalised if carried out for selfish motives Belgium, Luxembourg, and the US states of Oregon and Washington have legalised voluntary euthanasia IRELAND Passive euthanasia is legal Who can execute it? Where and by whom can it be given effect to? More What is the role of the medical board? How to revoke it? These are reports P7 some of the questions that the SC has settled in its ruling. Parl proceedings washed out New Delhi: The proceedings in both Houses of Parliament were virtually washed out for the entire week, as the Lok Sabha was on Friday adjourned for the day soon after it met and the Rajya Sabha in the afternoon following unabated protests by the Opposition parties and ruling NDA allies TDP and AIADMK over various issues. This was the ﬁrst week of the second leg of the Budget Session of Parliament, in which the Finance Bill 2018 and Demands for Grants are slated to be passed. The Lok Sabha proceedings were washed out for the ﬁfth straight day as members of several parties including TDP and AIADMK, continued their protests over various issues. While Opposition Congress and Trinamool Congress were up in arms against the government over the Rs 12,700 crore fraud at the country's second largest PSU lender PNB, Andhra Pradesh parties, TDP and YSR Congress, continued to press for special status to be granted to Continued on P4 the state. Passive euthanasia is followed across India (anyway). Every doctor at some point of time has accelerated the process of death.... —Dr Nagraj G Huilgol l l A passenger can also transfer his conﬁrmed ticket to another member of his family, meaning, father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, husband and wife. He/she just needs to make a request in writing 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train. Another condition applies where the passengers are students of a recognised educational institute. In such a case, the head of the institution can make a written request 48 hours before the scheduled departure. Continued on P4 partments and Union ministers are all set to descend on Hyderabad from the nation’s capital. The official line is that the Centre wants to know how the state is implementing centrallysponsored schemes in the state but in reality it would be nothing but breathing down on the neck of the top honchos of the government in the state, seeking explanations even for trivial omissions and commissions. The Centre has been extending all possible assistance to the state government whenever it had approached it with a request. However, CM K Chandrasekhar Rao and the TRS leaders continue to blame the Centre accusing it of treating Telangana with uneven Continued on P4 hands. KCR seeks experts’ help in policy-making OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who is busy drafting a roadmap for the third front, interacted with prominent people from different walks of life, at Pragati Bhavan, his official residence, in Begumpet here, seeking their help in making legislations and polices more relevant and commensurate with the needs of varied sections of people of all States. 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