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Protesting TN farmer tries to commit suicide in Delhi, Say Farmers
New Delhi, July 24: One of the Tamil Nadu farmers protesting here on Monday tried to commit suicide by consuming 10 sleeping pills apparently because of depression, fellow farmers said. Police, however, denied that the farmer had tried to kill himself.The farmers said Subramani, 61, lost consciousness after he quietly took the sleeping pills at the Jantar Mantar protest site in the heart of the capital."He tried to commit suicide. We have rushed him to hospital. He was tired as the government is not listening to us," Prem, one of the farmers, told IANS.Delhi Police dismissed the suicide claim."There was no case of attempt to suicide. He (Subramani) was admitted to RML Hospital as he fell sick," said a police official.The farmers have been protesting here to press their demands including a drought relief package, loan waiver, adequate renumeration for agriculture produce, crop insurance as well as linking of rivers to address the water crisis.(IANS)




NITI Aayog Not Releasing Funds, Creating Financial Blockade: Tripura Tribal Council
Agartala, July 22: A top official of the Left-ruled Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) has claimed that at the behest of the BJP-led central government the NITI Aayog has begun a "financial blockade" against the autonomous body by not releasing funds regularly."At the behest of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party)-led central government the NITI Aayog by not releasing funds on regular basis has begun a 'financial blockade' against the TTAADC," Chief Executive Member of the body, Radha Charan Debbarma, said here on Saturday."In the last financial year (2016-17), NITI Aayog released Rs 176 crore to TTAADC, but this year (2017-18) it has released only Rs 73 crore against the Rs 200 crore to be released for the council."Debbarma, also a veteran Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) tribal leader, said the BJP has been claiming that the TTAADC has not been working properly for the all-round development of the tribals. "TTAADC has been...




Maharashtra Panel Raps Fadnavis Govt. for Delay in Financial Aid to Farmers
Nagpur (Maharashtra), July 22: In a major embarrassment to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, a state-government panel on Saturday questioned the massive delays in disbursing Rs 10,000 'immediate relief' as part of a farm loans waiver scheme announced to protesting farmers over a month ago.The Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalambi Mission (VNSSM) Chairman Kishore Tiwari has said that contrary to claims made by the government to provide 'immediate assistance' to all the eligible nine million farmers, barely a fraction - or 3,200 peasants - have been handed over the amount so far."This has made a mockery of the farmers, who are running from pillar to post since nearly 40 days for the promised emergency assistance of Rs 10,000. Now, the sowing season is ending and even the monsoon will depart soon," Tiwari told IANS.The remaining farmers who did not get aid continue to suffer or commit suicide, he pointed out."Despite the state government offering a guarantee to the Reserve Bank o...




Delhi Govt. Decides to Hike Honorarium for Anganwadi Workers, Helpers
New Delhi, July 22: The Delhi government has decided to double the honorarium of around 22,000 Anganwadi workers and helpers here, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Saturday.The honorarium of Anganwadi workers has been increased from Rs 5,000 to Rs 9,678 and of Anganwadi helpers from Rs 2,500 to Rs 4,839, Sisodia said.He said the decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.The Anganwadi workers will get an additional Rs 500 for internet bills and helpers will get Rs 250."We hope this will be good news for around 22,000 Anganwadi workers and helpers in the city and they will work harder for the future of six lakh children they look after," he said.Sisodia said a notification in this regard would be issued after approval by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.The Deputy Chief Minister said the issue of low honorarium came to their notice during Anganwadi inspections by government officials."They even told me during my visits to ...




11,400 Farmers Committed Suicide in 2016:Union Minister
New Delhi, July 20: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said as many as 11,400 farmers committed suicide in 2016."According to National Crime Records Bureau data for 2016, which is yet to be published, 11,400 farmers committed suicide. In 2015, the number was 12,602," he said in his reply after a discussion in the Lok Sabha on the agrarian crisis.He said farmers suicides could be checked only by increasing their income and the government was taking necessary steps, including increase in budgetary allocations to the agriculture sector.Earlier, Congress member Jyotiraditya Scindia criticised the government for failing to ensure remunerative prices to farmers.The Minister said the Bharatiya Janata Party had promised Minimum Support Price (MSP) for agricultural produce to be 1.5 times the input cost to farmers before the 2014 general elections.He said a premium of Rs 3,560 crore was paid under the crop insurance scheme and Rs 3,548 crore distributed as insur...




Indian Poultry Farms Breeding Antibiotic-resistant Pathogens
Washington/New Delhi, July 20: High levels of antibiotic-resistant pathogens in chickens raised for both meat and eggs on Indian farms are raising serious health concerns for humans, a team of researchers has warned.The study by researchers from the Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP), a public health research organisation with headquarters in Washington D.C., and New Delhi, found high levels of antibiotic-resistance on poultry farms in Punjab."This study has serious implications, not only for India but globally. Overuse of antibiotics in animal farms endangers all of us," said study author and CDDEP Director Ramanan Laxminarayan."We must remove antibiotics from the human food chain, except to treat sick animals, or face the increasingly real prospect of a post-antibiotic world," Laxminarayan added.Previous CDDEP studies have projected that antibiotic consumption in food animal production will rise globally by 67 per cent by 2030, including mor...




Car Dealers, Jewellers Protest against GST
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 18: Traders from different fields held a protest demonstration here on Tuesday against high rates of GST - Goods and Services Tax - on various items. Car dealers were protesting against 43% GST for old vehicles.   "GST is not for those who purchase new car in lieu of old car, but the dealers who purchase old cars for poor customers have to pay 43% GST. Even after taking full GST on new car, it is again being taken on old cars," said All India Car Dealers Association which had organized the protest along with other traders.   It is said that the annual turnover of used car trade is around Rs 96,000 crore.   To express their anger and present themselves as prisoners of GST, some of the traders had chained themselves from head to toe.   Jewellers were also participating in the protest against double taxes on gold.   They said the government has imposed 3% GST on gold besides 10% custom duty, so in all there...




Thousands of Farmers Protest Near Parliament to Press their Demands
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 18: Thousands of farmers from across the country held a protest demonstration near the Parliament House here in Delhi on Tuesday and asked the government to fulfil their demands that include adequate price for crops and waiver of their loans.   Under the banner of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, an umbrella body of several farmer organizations, the farmers, under the leadership of Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav held their own ‘Parliament' session to discuss their issues.   Farmers Protest Near Parliament House in Delhi on 18 July 2017.  The protest of farmers was part of Kisan Mukti Sansad led by Yadav.   Besides Yadav, other eminent figures here are Hannan Mullla of All India Kisan Sabha and Medha Patkar of Narmada Bachao Andolan.   Their main demands are: Adequate price for crops as per Swaminathan committee recommendations; Evaluation of crops production rate accor...




Kisan Sabha Accuses Modi of Hypocrisy Over Cow Vigilantes
New Delhi, July 17: The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of uttering "hypocritical rhetoric" on the violence unleashed by cow vigilantes and accused him of "running with the hare and hunting with the hounds".Condemning Modi for "empty hypocritical rhetoric" over "barbaric violence unleashed by self-styled Gaurakshaks patronized by the Sangh Parivar", it said he maintained silence when continuous incidents of organised lynching happened in the name of cow protection."The close links of many of the people involved in the attacks with the BJP and Sangh Parivar have also been exposed from time to time. No action has been taken against the perpetrators of the crime so far," it said in a statement."Rather than take action against the culprits, the effort has been to harass the victims of such attacks by filing cases against them on the basis of false charges."The culprits in the killing of ...




SC Defers Mallya's Hearing Till Govt. Produces Him Before It
New Delhi, July 14: The Supreme Court on Friday deferred hearing on the quantum of punishment to be awarded to liquor baron Vijay Mallya till the government produces him before it.Mallya has been held guilty of contempt of the top court for not appearing before it and not making full disclosure of assets held by him and his family as ordered earlier.Noting the steps being taken by the central government for Mallya's extradition, a bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit said: "The matter may be put up (before the court) on his (Mallya) production before the court."Following a brief hearing, the bench in its order said: "The contemnor (Mallya) failed to appear despite he being represented by counsel."Government of India has taken steps to secure his presence but Mallya is yet to be produced. Extradition proceedings are on and all steps are being taken by the government to produce him before the court."Mallya is now in Britain. (IANS)...




Sasikala Bribed Top Karnataka Jailer for Favours: Report
Bengaluru, July 13: AIADMK General Secretary and convict V.K. Sasikala Natarajan was on Wednesday accused of bribing Karnataka Director General of Prisons (DGP) Satyanarayana Rao and city central jail officials for undue favours."Sasikala has given Rs 1 crore bribe to Rao and another Rs 1 crore was distributed among officials, including warden of the central jail where she is serving 4-year sentence in an illegal wealth case for allowing her special privileges," said a local news channel quoting from a report Deputy Inspector of Prisons (DIG) Roopa Moudgil submitted to the state government.While Roopa was not reachable to confirm the bribery and other charges, Rao, however, denied them and accused Roopa of gross sub-ordination."I have served a memo to her (Roopa) seeking explanation and evidence to prove her wild allegations. She has not given any report to me or the government against me or other jail officials," Rao told IANS.In a sensational revelation, Roopa sai...




SC Constitution Bench to Hear Aadhaar Challenge on Privacy Issue
New Delhi, July 12: A five-judge constitution bench will hear from July 18 the challenge to validity of the controversial Aadhaar Act on the touchstone of privacy, an issue that has been pending for two years.The bench would decide whether the right to privacy is a fundamental right -- a question central to the Aadhaar Act.A bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said on Wednesday the five-judge bench would hear the matter for two days.Khehar agreed to the hearing by the constitution bench after senior counsel Shyam Divan and Attorney General K.K. Venugopal mentioned the matter for an early hearing.The question on the validity of Aadhaar scheme on the touchstone of whether privacy was fundamental right was referred to the constitution bench in October 2015. (IANS) 




AAP Government Launches Online RTI Portal
IndiaTomorrow.net New Delhi, July 11: In order to bring more transparency in governance and to make the system easy for common people to get information from government departments, Delhi's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has launched an online Right To Information (RTI) portal.  "Public is the king in democracy. The people of the country from poor to rich give tax which is used to run the country. So, when the people give taxes, they should have the right to know that where their money is being expended. Delhi government will put all the relevant information online to ensure transparency of its functioning," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said while inaugurating the portal on Monday.   He said that Chief Minister will also be covered in the RTI.   Through the RTI portal rtionline.delhi.gov.in, people can enquire desired information from 172 departments and authorities working under the Delhi govt. This web portal can be used by all Indian citizen...




SC Stays Govt's Ban on Sale, Purchase of Cattle for Slaughter
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 11: The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the central government's new cattle trade rule that banned the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughtering purposes for three months.   On 15th June, the Supreme Court had sought the central government's response on a petition challenging the 23rd May notification banning the sale of cattle for slaughtering.  SC has stated that the Madras High Court's stay on the Centre's cattle trade laws will continue that covers the entire country.  As a bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud extended the operation of the Madras High Court order, the Centre told the court that it would be renotifying the Rules after considering objections from the stakeholders. Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on 30th May had stayed new rules for cattle trading and issued notice to the central government asking it to file a reply within four weeks. The court later on 28th June had ex...




Have You Seen This on TV Channels? It's Anti-GST Protest in Gujarat
IndiaTomorrow.net, Ahmedabad, July 10: Several thousand people, mostly from the textile industry, came out on the streets on Saturday to protest against GST - Goods & Services Tax - the one-India tax regime for goods and services implemented by the central government from 1st July.   The massive rally was to protest against the GST on Man Made Fibre (MMF). At the end of the demonstration, the protesters submitted a memorandum to the district collector of Surat.   Textile traders and workers in Surat #GST @ahmedabadmirror pic.twitter.com/fgCjwVyIsr— Deepal Trivedi (@DeepalMirror) July 8, 2017  The Surat Textile Traders had been protesting since June 15 against the proposed GST on MMF. Under the banner of GST Sangharsh Samiti, they wanted to hold massive rally on Friday, but postponed it to Saturday.   They are demanding roll-back of 5% GST from MMF.




HC issues Notices over Amit Shah's Goa Airport Meeting
Panaji, July 10: The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court on Monday issued notices to top central and state officials in connection with a political meeting addressed by BJP chief Amit Shah within the Dabolim International airport premises on July 1.The court issued notices to the Secretary of Civil Aviation Ministry and the Goa Chief Secretary, among others, asking them to submit a written explanation within three weeks.Justice F.M. Reis and Justice Nutan Sardessai issued the notices following a petition by a city lawyer, who had alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party meeting was held at the Goa airport, which is operated from an Indian Naval Base.The petitioner had alleged that it was illegal and conducted in contravention of laws."Notices have also been issued to Goa Director General of Police, Goa Airport Director and Deputy Commandant of Central Industrial Security Force asking them about how the meeting was conducted at an airport," petitioner Aires Rodrigues told report...




National Parties Collected Rs 287.89 cr during 2016 Assembly Polls: Survey
New Delhi, July 7: National political parties had collected Rs 287.89 crore during the five assembly elections in 2016 but the expenditure incurred was only Rs 188.12 crore, according to a analysis by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).The report also said that of 25 regional parties which contested the five state assembly elections have not submitted their election expenditure statements for at least one of the assembly elections.Some of these parties were National People's Party, Janata Dal-Secular, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Kerala Congress-Mani, the DMDK, the Rastriya Janata Dal, the Jammu & Kashmir National Panthers Party, the All Jharkhand Students Union and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha."Based on the details provided, the regional parties collected a total of Rs 67.22 crore and incurred an expenditure of Rs 213.97 crore," said the report.2016 saw assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.According to the ADR report, the elec...




Arrests of Farmer Leaders in Madhya Pradesh Condemned
New Delhi, July 7: All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) on Thursday condemned Madhya Pradesh government's action in arresting its leaders, who were leading a march to Pipaliya market to protest the Mandsaur killings, in which six farmers lost their lives last month.The march -- Rashtriya Kisan Yatra -- was organised by scores of political parties and farmers' unions.Swaraj Abhiyan said the police arrested its leader Yogendra Yadav, Medha Patkar of Narmada Bachao Andolan, MP Raju Shetty of the Swabhimani Shetkari Saghatana, Hannan Mollah of All India Kisan Sabha leader, among others.The committee said the Madhya Pradesh government was shaken after a huge number of farmers participated in the march. They took a dig at the central government for anti-farmer policies."The central government, which won the elections in the name of farmers, has proven to be the biggest anti-farmer government in the history of this country," a release quoted Patkar as saying.Yad...




Madhya Pradesh 'Kisan Mukti Yatra' Halted, 300 Arrested
Bhopal, July 6: The 'Kisan Mukti Yatra', taken out on Thursday to pay homage to the six protesting farmers killed in police firing in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district, has been halted by the police and as many as 300 persons arrested."The people involved in the Yatra have been arrested on the allegation of disrupting peace. Till now, as many as 300 persons have been arrested," Superintendent of Police Manoj Singh told IANS.Communist Party of India-Marxist state unit chief Badal Saroj told IANS: "The Yatra, which began from Bhudha village, has been halted at Guddeli village. These people were going to Peepli Mandi where farmers were killed in police firing."The marchers included Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan convenor V.M. Singh, Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha General Secretary Hannan Mollah, CPI-M leader Subhashini Ali, Swaraj India's Yogendra Yadav, social activist Medha Patkar, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghathan's founder Raju Shetti, farmers and women.The Yatra, wh...




ISB launches nation-wide research on Aadhaar
Hyderabad, July 5: The Indian School of Business (ISB) on Wednesday announced it has launched a nation-wide research on Aadhaar, its impact and potential.Under the Digital Identity Research Initiative (DIRI), it will engage with researchers and academic institutions from India and abroad to promote an ecosystem of academic research on Aadhaar.The initial phase of the research will cover the impact of Aadhaar in areas such as benefit transfers, financial inclusion, healthcare schemes, public distribution systems and public policy.DIRI has received support from Omidyar Network through a grant of $2 million for a period of two years, ISB said in a statement.On this occasion, a 'State of Aadhaar Report 2016-17' was released.The report provides a first-of-its-kind overview of Aadhaar's technological and operational architecture, legal and governance framework, and its applications in financial inclusion, social protection and emerging uses in other sectors.The report aims to facilitate a mo...




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