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Bhopal: A number of farmers in different parts of Madhya Pradesh are today faced with a life they cannot comprehend. They say they have suffered loss of crops, and received no relief — barring through the embrace of death.

Lalan Yadav of Damoh district on Friday committed suicide by pouring Kerosene and setting himself on fire in his fields as he found the crop loss was too much for him to bear.

Surender Lodhi in Sagar city was another. He had taken a loan before sowing his crops. But after his crops were ruined this season due to scanty rains, his hope to repay the loan lay shattered. He hanged himself to death.

Hardly any day passes when there is no report of a farmer committing suicide in the state.

Farmers contend that the leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party make big promises of helping them but nothing happens in reality. Besides, many politicians make such hurtful statements after visiting them that it appears they are making a mockery of the farmers’ plight.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has assured all possible help for the farmers, but assistance or debt relief is yet to come.

“Due to dismissive attitude of the government towards farmers’ plight, these people are compelled to commit suicides,” Congress leader Ajay Singh said.

Badal Saroj of the Communist Party of India-Marxist here says: “The reason behind rising number of farmers’ suicides is that the person (Shivraj Singh) who claims being son of a farmer does not understand the agony of farmers.”

Aam Aadmi Party’s spokesperson Alok Agarwal said the assurances of relief given to farmers sound fraudulent. Farming has turned a loss-making business as farmers fail to recover even the basic in-put costs and their debt keeps on rising.

“The government should fix price of crops one and half times the cost calculated as per Swaminathan Committee’s recommendations. Effort should be made to reduce farmers’ debts,” he added.

As many as 141 tehsils (sub-districts) have been declared drought-affected in the state. The Madhya Pradesh government has sought Rs 15,000 crore help from the central government, which is yet to come, officials say.

(IANS)

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Low Cure Rate For Childhood Cancer in India: Experts

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner

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Health insurance covers only for hospitalization and doesn’t necessarily cover the medical expenses incurred for the treatment of major illnesses. flickr

Childhood cancer comprises almost 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India, experts said here on Friday, expressing concern over the low cure rate due to lack of available data.

“The disturbing reality is that the cure rate of pediatric cancer is almost 80 per cent in the developed countries. When we see the data from major cancer centres, it actually can match up to the Western standard but this data is not enough,” Haemato-Oncologist Vivek Agarwala said at an awareness programme conducted by Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Howrah.

According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, cancer in children constitutes approximately 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India.

Agarwala said a large portion of the incidence of childhood cancer in society is still not addressed.

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Also, a large section who don’t have access to premier institutes are often diagnosed late due to financial crunch and that is why the overall treatment rate in India is low.

“Probably, the government and society at large are not considering it a big problem as it is just around 5 per cent. We are always campaigning for breast and cervical cancers,” Agarwala said.

“We must remember this 5 per cent of cancer is majorly curable if given proper treatment,” he said.

Leukaemia and retinoblastoma (a form of cancer where children have a white eye) are the two common forms of cancer in children.

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Talking about awareness and symptoms that parents need to watch out for, he said: “Symptoms are different for different cancers, but children who have cancer have poor growth, poor weight gain and decreased appetite. One must get their children evaluated on seeing these symptoms”.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner. (IANS)