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Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Congress says ‘hidden hand’ behind EC move to put farm loan waiver scheme on hold

Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy says stalling the scheme will have no effect on the trust that people have in Congress-JD(S) govt.

Loan waiver a bad idea, but PM-Kisan will help farmers in real need: CEA K.V. Subramanian

Chief Economic Adviser K.V. Subramanian says Modi government has laid the foundation for sustained economic growth in the last five years.
Farmers hold a hosepipe while spraying fungicide in a field of rice on farmland near Sirsa. Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Modi govt considering cash payments to farmers instead of subsidies

The Narendra Modi-led government is on course correction ahead of the Lok Sabha polls following the ruling BJP's loss in key state elections last year. 
M. Venkaiah Naidu

Farm loan waiver only a temporary step, says Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu

Naidu emphasised the need to bring structural changes in the sector that accounts for 18% of India's GDP.
A farmer in Sirsa, Haryana | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Indian farmers need a new deal and not just loan waivers

Farmers’ issues have occupied centre stage after decades and compulsions of 2019 can create the political will to do something.
The farmer's march, Maharashtra

Thousands of farmers begin march from Thane to Mumbai for land rights & loan waiver

Other demands include increase in the MSP, assured access and control over land and water and compensation for farm labourers.
Day labourers cutting sugarcane during a harvest in Taloda, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

NHRC asks Centre & Maharashtra to explain 639 farmer suicides despite loan waiver

It questioned the authorities’ ability to implement schemes for the farmers.
A farmer at work | Representational image

Maharashtra govt plans to complete farm loan waiver process at breakneck speed

CM Devendra Fadnavis says disbursements to start the day before Diwali, with 80 per cent of the farm loan waiver process to be completed by 15 Nov.

On Camera

File photo | Dimple Yadav (R), Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav (L) at a rally | Facebook/Dimple Yadav

Why Dimple Yadav touching Mayawati’s feet still riles upper caste Indians

Dimple Yadav’s gesture challenges the class system of Hindu society which categorises women and backwards of all castes as low and inferior.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

IAF men face action in Kashmir Mi-17 chopper crash as probe ‘almost confirms’ friendly fire

Six IAF personnel, one civilian were killed as an Mi-17 chopper was shot down in Kashmir on 27 February while Indian and Pakistan air forces were locked in a dogfoght 100 km away.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.