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By amending Model Mandi Act, MP has pushed its agricultural sector into throes of uncertainty -Sunit Arora

-The Indian Express The state has posted high growth rates in the agricultural sector in recent years, but the growth has been skewed in favour of the state's irrigated parts and a small number of crops. Madhya Pradesh is primarily an agricultural state. One third of its gross state domestic product comes from this sector, half of the state’s area is used for cultivation, and 70 per cent of the total workers...

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Lakhs of people affected by floods in Odisha, Madhya Pradesha and Gujarat -Satyasundar Barik

-The Hindu 17 dead in Odisha; 454 villages cut off in Madhya Pradesh BHUBANESWAR: Over 14 lakh people were affected due to floods in five river systems of Odisha, said the State government here on Sunday. Seventeen people have lost their lives due to wall collapse and by slipping into swollen rivers. “Heavy rain triggered by back-to-back low pressure area over Bay of Bengal had caused flooding in 20 districts. The situation is...

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Two years after Mandsaur police firings, victims' kin say still waiting for justice -Milind Ghatwai

-The Indian Express The BJP, now in the opposition, has accused the Congress of “milking” the Mandsaur case for political gains. Bhopal: Two years after the death of five protesters in two incidents of police firing near Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, family members of the victims have said they are still waiting for justice. The death toll would later rise to six after one protester succumbed to injuries allegedly suffered in police custody. The...

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Egg back on Raipur mid-day menu after regime change, not in Bhopal -Dipankar Ghose & Milind Ghatwai

-The Indian Express In Chhattisgarh, the BJP accused govt of “imposition of this idea” on those who “do not eat non-vegetarian food”. In MP, where the Congress does not enjoy a clear majority on its own, the party is playing safe Bhopal/ Raipur: Two states where the Congress came to power last month appear to be on two different plates over one ingredient in the mid-day meal scheme for children: the...

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P Sainath, acclaimed journalist and Founder-Editor of the People's Archive of Rural India, interviewed by Anuradha SenGupta (News18.com)

-News18.com Acclaimed journalist and Founder-Editor of the People’s Archive of Rural India, P Sainath attributes the existential crisis confronting India’s agrarian society to macro-economic policies set in motion 25 years ago. Talking to Anuradha SenGupta, Sainath makes a case for state intervention in agriculture and says the Modi government, with its shifting positions and policies like demonetisation has only aggravated the assault on agrarian livelihoods. Dismissing the buzz about imminent new initiatives...

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