Monday, 17 January, 2022
TopicFarmer distress

Topic: Farmer distress

India’s small & marginal farmers have essentially become wage labourers, data shows

Agricultural households possessing less than an hectare of land earn only a third of their monthly income from farming, shows govt report released last month.

Lawyer ‘kills self’ at Tikri, ‘suicide note’ addressed to PM Modi blames farm laws

Amarjit Singh, a member of Bar Association of Punjab’s Jalalabad, ‘consumed poison’. In his purported suicide note, he wrote he is sacrificing himself to shake up Modi’s conscience.

Social worker returns Padma Shri, ex-boxing coach his Dronacharya in solidarity with farmers

Social worker Baba Sewa Singh & ex-national boxing coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu are latest in list of personalities from Punjab who announced their intention to return their awards.

Why Rajnath Singh has emerged as a key Modi govt firefighter to address farmers’ issues

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, along with Amit Shah and JP Nadda, was part of the BJP leadership to brief Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar before his meeting with farmers.

Farmers continue to camp at Delhi-Haryana border, undecided on moving to Burari protest site

A meeting is currently underway at the border between leaders of 30 farmer organisations. Some farmers say it’s best to protest at the border to exert pressure on the central govt.

This is how Congress states are planning to fight govt’s farm laws, even if it’s ‘symbolic’

Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Puducherry may call House sessions to pass bills to negate Centre’s agri laws, but their bills will require governor’s & the President’s assent.

Modi govt insists its bills will free farmers from shackles of arhatiyas. Who are they?

Arhatiyas are mandi-based commission agents who buy the farmers’ produce and sell them in open auction. Govt & experts say they exploit farmers.

How Modi govt’s 3 contentious farm bills have exposed SAD, Congress & BJP’s hypocrisy

In episode 571 of #CutTheClutter, ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta declutters the bills and explains the changes it will bring to farmers and for end customers.

Farmers’ interest comes first, then NDA alliance, Akali leader Harsimrat Badal says   

Harsimrat Badal says she apprised the govt of farmers’ concerns back in June. She also says a decision on whether or not to continue in NDA will be taken after discussion with party.

UP’s Rampur villages show signs of Covid impact: Milk sales down, shops selling on credit

The lockdown has been particularly harsh on the farming and local traders community who say they have been reduced to figuring out their daily survival.

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RBI proposes changes to valuation of bank investments, relaxing of investment class rules

A Reserve Bank of India discussion paper Friday suggested removing caps on the Held-To-Maturity class of securities, and allowing more types of instruments to be held within them.

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A visual from the crash site in Tamil Nadu. | Photo: Twitter/ANI

CDS chopper crash was caused by weather change, leading to Controlled Flight Into Terrain: IAF

In Friday statement, IAF says tri-service Court of Inquiry ruled out mechanical failure, sabotage or negligence as cause of accident involving Mi-17 V5 helicopter last month.
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Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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