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Tamil farmers' strike over, but agrarian crisis looms large

nt on for 41 days, the farmers, to highlight their plight, adopted several extreme measures, which included biting into dead mice and snakes, eating grass, and even threatening to drink urine and eat Human faeces. In a harrowing protest, farmers hung Human skulls, which they claimed were of dead farmers, around their necks. Though it has now been suspended, the protest highlights the agrarian crisis in T

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Crop loan recovery rates see sharp decline in Maharashtra -Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

ered only 8% of their crop credit by February end as against 37% by February end 2016. We are getting reports from DCCBs that farmers are anticipating a loan waiver and hence refusing to pay. It is a Human tendency,” Sukhdeve said. The development appears to reflect the concerns of State Bank of India chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya and Reserve Bank of India governor Urjit Patel who have warned that loan waivers damage credit discipline. O

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SC for broad anti-torture legislation -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu Says India being denied extraditions because countries fear the accused would be treated inHumanely India may be finding it tough to secure extraditions because there is a fear within the international community that the accused persons would be subject to torture here, the Supreme Court said on Monday. A Bench of Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said it was a matter of both Article 21 (fundamental

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Bezwada Wilson, national president of the Safai Karmachari Andolan, interviewed by Akshay Deshmane (

ognition. We are segregated in such a way very clearly, demarcated in villages. In this society we must have a technology or application through which we can destroy these boundaries and make India a Humane society. Instead of that you have now started branding very clearly, documenting everybody. For instance, as manual scavengers we want to come out of the identity and destroy it forever. We don’t want that identity again. Any marginalised com

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Record global harvest of cereals, India too heads for a new high -Subodh Varma

-The Times of India Humanity harvested the largest ever cereal crop in its history in 2016-17 — a staggering 2.6 billion metric tonnes, according to the latest estimates of the UN-affiliated Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The year is ending with the largest ever global stock of foodgrains in history, some 682 million tonnes. India too is heading for a record cereal crop as the previous year's final wheat is harvested and counte

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Fewer mangoes, more melons -GS Mudur

, rather than the water footprint of rice, which is a summer crop and is largely grown in rainfed areas. "The shift towards mutton is a trade-off between conserving fresh water and protecting Human health, but the average mutton consumption in India in our sample was very low, allowing for a small increase," said Sutapa Agarwal, a study team member and epidemiologist at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi, a research t

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Five reasons why Aadhaar shouldn't be applied universally -Mitali Saran

e in many more Aadhaar requirements, including for filing income tax, and giving children, whose biometrics keep changing, their midday meals, to which they are entitled not just by law, but by basic Human decency. The cherry on top: The government can also revoke or deactivate your number without notice. Please click here to read more.

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Poop delay costs govt

-PTI New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the Centre to pay Rs 5,000 for delays in filing its reply to a retired army officer who alleged dumping of Human excreta by aircraft over residential areas near the Indira Gandhi International Airport here. Lt. Gen. (Retd) Satwant Singh Dahiya has sought criminal proceedings against commercial airlines and imposition of hefty fines on them for endangering the health of people living near

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Scramble to calm RTI jitters -Anita Joshua

that the regulations were struck down by Delhi High Court in 2010, after which RTI Rules, 2012, were agreed upon and notified following extensive consultations. Venkatesh Nayak of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) rejected the Centre's contention. He pointed out that when the UPA government tried to bring the two provisions on abatement and withdrawal of appeals, activists had fought back on the premise that several people using the l

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