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Farmers face Rs 2 lakh cr loss as Modi failed to fulfill promise, says Union

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New Delhi, Nov 9: Farmers union on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s failure to fulfill electoral promise of 50 per cent profit above the cost of production has resulted in about Rs 2 lakh crore loss to peasants in the country this kharif season.

Meanwhile,  All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), an umbrella body of over 180 farmer organisations also stated the BJP-led central government has failed to stop market prices from falling below the current Minimum Support Price (MSP) so farmers had to sell their produce at lower rates, even below the cost of production in some cases, causing an expected loss of Rs 35,968 crore to them, news agency IAN reported.

Addressing media here, the AIKSCC demanded a complete loan waiver and remuneration of 50 per cent margin above the cost of production as per Modi’s promise.

Farmer union Kisan Mukti Sansad have decided to stage a protest in the national capital on November 20 to press their demands.

Peasants leader from Maharashtra and Lok Sabha Member Raju Shetty said more than one lakh farmers were expected to participate in the protest.

In past few months, AIKSCC leaders held several demonstrations across the country to unite farmers on these issues, saying there would not have been farmer suicides if the government had not “looted” them.

Farmer activist from Telangana, Kirankumar Vissa, asserted  farmers must have lost Rs 2 lakh crore when their earnings this season, according to the government data, were compared with the remuneration they would have got with the promised 50 per cent profit on the MSP.

AIKSCC workers said farmers in Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh were forced to sell produce below the MSP, putting them under major  financial loss.

So farmers were in a dire need of loan waiver and proper remuneration, said Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj India.

A draft Bill encompassing the two demands will be tabled in the Kisan Mukti Sansad for discussion and passed by the farmers’ Parliament on November 20.

V.M. Singh, convener of the AIKSCC, said “We will invite the leaders of political parties and Prime Minister to come to the sansad if they are ready to support the Bill and the demands”.

Wefornews Bureau 

 

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GATE Mock Test 2021 released, check full details here

IIT Bombay has released the mock test of GATE 2021 for the candidates at gate.iitb.ac.in on November 25.

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IIT Bombay has released the mock test of GATE 2021 for the candidates at gate.iitb.ac.in on November 25. The candidates must note that the mock test will help the students to understand the Computer Based Test or CBT Mode.

The type of questions, pattern, and format may vary in the real examination.

This is the first time GATE would have an exam in Humanities and Social Sciences. Admit Cards for GATE 2021 would be made available on the official website from January 8, 2021. All candidates who have registered for the examination are advised to keep a check on the official website for the latest updates and information regarding the examination.

This is the first time GATE would have an exam in Humanities and Social Sciences. Admit Cards for GATE 2021 would be made available on the official website from January 8, 2021. All candidates who have registered for the examination are advised to keep a check on the official website for the latest updates and information regarding the examination.

IIT Bombay has introduced two new subjects namely Environment Science and Engineering as well as Humanities and Social Sciences. This year for the first time candidates have the option of appearing for more than one subject based on the permitted combinations.

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Coronavirus: India inches closer to 93 Lakh Covid-19 cases

Apart from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka have reported the highest number of cases.

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New Delhi, Nov 26 : With 44,489 new cases of Covid infections, India’s total cases reached 92,66,705 on Thursday. It is the 19th straight day when India reported less than 50,000 cases in a day.

The last time daily new cases crossed the 50,000-threshold was on November 7.

According to the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 524 new deaths occurred due to the deadly virus in the last 24 hours taking the toll to 1,35,223.

While the active cases stood at 4,52,344, a total of 86,79,138 have recovered from the virus and have been discharged of which 36,367 were discharged in the last 24 hrs.

While the recovery rate stands at 93.66 per cent, the fatality rate is at 1.46 per cent, the Ministry data revealed.

Maharashtra remains the worst-hit state with 84,464 active cases and 46,748 deaths so far. The recoveries in the state stand at 17,95,959.

Apart from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka have reported the highest number of cases.

The National capital is also witnessing a surge.

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Cyclone Nivar to weaken further into cyclonic storm before noon today

Puducherry recorded rainfall measuring 237mm between 8.30am Wednesday and 2.30am Thursday. During the same time, Cuddalore recorded 246mm and Chennai 83mm.

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Cyclone Nivar crossed the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast around the union territory as a severe cyclonic storm between 11.30pm Wednesday and 2.3 am Thursday with a wind speed of 120-130kmph, the India Meterological Department (IMD) said.

Nivar’s intensity has weakened into a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 110-120kmph. It will further weaken into a cyclonic storm before noon Thursday, according to the weather office.

Also Read: Cyclone Nivar makes landfall, rain hits Tamil Nadu

Puducherry recorded rainfall measuring 237mm between 8.30am Wednesday and 2.30am Thursday. During the same time, Cuddalore recorded 246mm and Chennai 83mm.

The Tamil Nadu disaster management authority sounded a flood warning along the Arani river in Tiruvallur district.

The Greater Chennai Corporation said that civic workers were working to clear several uprooted trees and electric poles and inundated localities in the city as well as coastal and delta districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Officials are awaiting reports on the extent of damage from districts.

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