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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

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Child dies of ‘extreme heat’ in Brahmaputra Express

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Lucknow, May 25: A six-month-old child died due to extreme heat wave conditions on Friday in an overcrowded train in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, officials said.

The child was travelling with her parents in a sleeper coach of the Brahmaputra Express.

The victim’s family alleged that the coach was packed with passengers and their daughter was suffocated in the extreme heat.

The train was going from Dibrugarh in Assam to Delhi. The distraught family alleged that the train stopped in Allahabad outer for more than two hours, leading to further deterioration of the girl’s condition.

Co-passengers also alleged that despite requests for medical aid, no one, including the train ticket collector, paid heed to their pleas.

When the train reached Allahabad, the passengers created a ruckus, after which the railway officials intervened.

The family belongs to Mughalsarai district in Uttar Pradesh.

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Hot day, Heatwave conditions in Delhi

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New Delhi, May 25: It was clear sky on Friday here in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 23.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, said the Met as it forecast heatwave conditions at some areas in the city.

“It will be a clear sky with heat wave condition likely to occur in a few areas,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said. According to the Skymet, the day was likely to be hot with few clouds.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 37 per cent. The maximum temperature will hover around 44 degrees Celsius.

On Thursday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 43 degree Celsius, three notches above the season’s average while the minimum temperature was 26.5 degrees Celsius, the season’s average.

Besides Delhi NCR, the IMD had also stated that heat wave condition will prevail in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan too until Monday.

The central and northern India continue to remain under the grip of a heat wave.

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Virendra appointed new DG of West Bengal police

Ajay Kumar Nand, who was IGP Counter Insurgency Force (CIF), will be the Director, security, replacing SN Gupta, it said.

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Kolkata, May 25 : The West Bengal government has appointed Virendra as the new director-general of police, replacing current DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha, who would be retiring on May 31, a notification issued late last night said.

Virendra was posted as the DG (security).

Ajay Kumar Nand, who was IGP Counter Insurgency Force (CIF), will be the Director, security, replacing SN Gupta, it said.

Gupta was made the new ADG CIF with additional charges of ADG, establishment, the notification said.

According to a senior official at the secretariat, a new post — advisor (security) — has been created to accommodate Purkayastha.

“Kar Purkayastha is highly experienced and the chief minister prefers him and wants to utilise him in security-related issues. He will likely be advising to the chief minister on security-related issues,” he said.

Incidentally, Purkayastha was the first DGP in the state who was given an extension after his official retirement in 2016.

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