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Farmers dump produce on road against demonetisation



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Punjab, 7 Jan: Hundreds of agitated farmers threw vegetables, milk, eggs at the main chowk in the Samrala area of Ludhiana on Friday while protesting against demonetisation.

Alleging that no option has left Government with this note ban decision which has widely affected the farmer section.

The farmers of Bharti Kisan Union (Rajewal) expressed that in the upcoming elections, they would ask each candidate his stand on ending the demonetisation woes of farmers.

Balbir Singh Rajewal, union president, stated that “BJP is going gaga over Chandigarh polls where poll percentage was nearly 51 per cent and hence angry people did not even vote. This time, I urge farmers to press the NOTA button and reject all parties as demonetisation of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes has not ended our woes even at the end of the PM’s 50-day deadline.”

Joginder Singh, a farmer from Seh village, said, “We are getting Rs 1 per kg price for cauliflower while Rs 4-5 a kg each for peas and carrots. Potatoes are being sold at Rs 2 a kg by us at mandis and in the evening, we give our animals the stock left to eat as this is the only option left with us. Our expenditure is more than double and income is bare minimum.”

Rajewal added, “Our farmers have not got pending payments of milk supply for the past two months. As milk co-operatives are giving a lumpsum cheque to societies and they are not able to give the cash amount to all the supplier farmers. So, they have no choice but to throw milk on the roads.”

The Similar situation is with egg’s sellers. Prices of eggs have also fallen drastically in the market. Poultry farmers thus stated that they were incurring losses while the government was making tall claims over cashless society.

 Wefornews Bureau


Hindu group attacks Christmas carol singers in MP




Satna (Madhya Pradesh), Dec 15 : Alleging religious conversion, a mob linked to a right-wing Hindu group attacked Catholic carol singers in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district and also set a priest’s car ablaze.

The incident occurred on Thursday evening. Instead of taking action against the attackers, the police detained the Christian singers, a priest said.

Father Rene Verghese told IANS on Friday: “A group of students training to become priests was moving around Satna town, visiting Christian institutions and singing carols.

“Some 15 km from here in Dara Kalan village church they were getting ready for the Christmas celebrations, when a group of people attacked them, accusing them of carrying out religious conversion.”

Verghese said the Hindu group raised slogans and called the Civil Lines police station.

All 32 carollers, accompanied by two priests, who were singing carols were picked up and taken to the police station. Eight priests who later went to the police station to enquire into the matter were also taken into custody, he said.

The agitating mob attacked the Christian students inside the police station, and set fire to the priest’s car parked outside.

Verghese denied any attempt at religious conversion. He said singing carols is a common practice around the time of Christmas. “We were just doing that and preparing for the Christmas celebrations.”

However, City Superintendent of Police D.D. Pande told IANS: “One Dharmendra Dohad has registered a complaint with us that he was paid Rs 5,000 and converted to a Christian.

“He was given a holy dip in a pond and his name was changed to Dharmendra Thomas, the complainant said. They also asked him to pray to Lord Christ,” he said.

A case has been registered against one identified person and five unknown persons in the conversion case, Pande said.

They are also investigating the vandalism carried out by the mob.


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One-way traffic restored on Jammu-Srinagar highway




Jammu, Dec 15: Authorities allowed only one way-traffic movements on the strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Friday due of bad road conditions, officials said.

“One-way traffic will be allowed on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. Vehicles will be allowed to move from Srinagar to Jammu and no vehicle will be allowed to move from the opposite direction,” news agency IANS quoted an official of the traffic department was saying.

“This precaution has been taken keeping the safety of the commuters in mind,” he added.

Since all essentials of life are connected to the landlocked Kashmir Valley through this highway, temporary closures because of snowfall and landslides often result in profiteers and black marketeers hoarding goods to hike prices.


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Delhi Govt reserves 50% beds for Delhiites at GB Pant Hospital



New Delhi, Dec 15: Half of beds at the Delhi government’s flagship super-specialty G B Pant Hospital will be reserved for the city’s residents in a bid to provide timely and best available treatment to the patients. 

The order was issued by the Delhi government ‘s Health and Family Welfare Department on December 12.

“To provide timely and best available treatment for patients who are resident of Delhi, in GB Pant Hopsital (GIPMER), which is the flagship Super-speciality hospital of GNCTD, it has been decided that 50% of the total beds shall be reserved for the patients, particularly residents of Delhi”, the order said.

To avail this facility, patient should have been referred by another Delhi government hospital and admission should be required for only special treatment or for planned surgeries.


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