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Avik Saha, co-founder of the Swaraj Abhiyan, interviewed by In conversation with Avik Saha, co-founder of the Swaraj Abhiyan. New Delhi: As the Lok Sabha passed three controversial agricultural legislations, the country witnessed an outpouring of anger by the opposition parties, who alleged these bills are “anti-farmer”. Farmers and traders have been vehemently opposing the new changes brought in by the Central government, alleging the government wants to discontinue the minimum support price (MSP) regime in the name of reforms. Minister of...

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Agri Reforms: Farmers Protest, Modi Says Leaders' Versions Are Misleading. What’s the Truth? -Kabir Agarwal Farmers fear that the MSP regime will fall by the wayside and want it to be made a legal right. On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to farmers across the country to ‘beware’ and not get swayed by ‘misinformation’ that they will not get fair prices for their crops. Over the last few weeks, farmers – largely in the states of Haryana and Punjab – have been protesting three Agriculture ordinances...

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Kharif area up, but rains hit standing crops in 15 states

-The Hindu Business Line Crops on over 21 lakh hectares damaged, Agri Min tells Parliament Bengaluru: Timely and quick spread of monsoon this year did help boost the kharif acreage, but the heavy spell of rains witnessed across several parts of the country over recent weeks are seen spoiling the party for several farmers this cropping season. “There have been extreme weather events in the form of heavy rains in some parts of...

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Gujarat: Of Death Knells and Suicide in Surat’s Diamond Industry -Damayantee Dhar The financial crisis in the diamond industry in Surat has claimed the lives of 16 workers who have died by suicide. Earlier this month, an association president ended his life as well. Darshanbhai Rameshbhai Chaudhary, a diamond polisher by profession, had not had a job for four months. Day after day, he would stand at the diamond polishing hub in the Varacha area of Surat in the hope of being hired...

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Union minister Harsimrat Badal resigns over Centre’s new farm bills

-Hindustan Times Harsimrat is the only SAD representative in the Modi government. Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Thursday quit the Modi government opposing the farm bills that seek to liberalise the Agriculture sector. The move came shortly after Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal announced in the Lok Sabha that the minister will quit protesting the Centre’s anti-farmer move. Harsimrat Badal is the only SAD representative in the Modi government. The...

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