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Farmers fight for rights equal to second freedom struggle: Anna Hazare

He demanded crop prices which were 1.5 times the cost of agricultural inputs.

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Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday dubbed the farmers’ fight for their rights and demands as the “second freedom struggle”.

“When a farmer reaches the age of 60, he should be given a pension by the government. Our fight for the (rights of) farmers has begun. Fighting for farmers’ rights is equivalent to a second freedom struggle,” Hazare said at ‘Jai Kisan Samabesh’ in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur.

The convention was held by Navnirman Krushak Sangathan to demand remunerative prices for farm produce and pension for farmers at the Jagatsinghpur Collectorate.

Hazare said going to jail for the welfare of the country and its people is a badge of honour.

“Farmers gatherings have been organised in eight states. I will tour the country in the coming days. The fight has started and going to jail for the welfare of farmers and the country is a pride for us,” the social activist said.

He demanded crop prices which were 1.5 times the cost of agricultural inputs.

Hazare also paid tributes to former Odisha Chief Minister and freedom fighter Nabakrushna Choudhury on his 116th birth anniversary on Thursday.

“We have to take a solemn decision on materialising Gandhiji and Choudhuryji’s (Nabakrushna Choudhury) dream. We’ve to re-install true democracy of the people, by the people, for the people,” said the social activist.

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Delhi HC pulls up Centre for not framing rules on e-cigarette

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New Delhi, Aug 21: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up the Central government for its failure to frame any policy on e-cigarette.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao pulled up the Central government for its failure to take any decision on regulatory measures for e-cigarettes till date. It noted that some states have already taken steps to prohibit it.

The bench said that this is an important issue particularly for educational institutions.

The court was hearing a plea seeking a ban on or regulation of the sale and use of e-cigarettes. It listed the matter for further hearing on September 7.

The public interest litigation petition filed by anti-tobacco activist Seema Sehgal, through advocate Bhuvanesh Sehgal, said that though there are no specific guidelines to deal with emerging threats such as e-cigarettes several state governments and Union Territories have taken steps to prohibit it.

Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have declared e-cigarettes as an unapproved drug under the Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1954 and have begun prosecuting the vendors.

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Tejashwi Yadav attacks Nitish, says Bihar turned into ‘monster raj’

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New Delhi, Aug 21: Reports of a woman being paraded naked in a Bihar town prompted Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday to allege the state has been transformed into a ‘jungle and monster raj’.

A mob attacked, stripped and paraded a woman naked in a locality in Bhojpur district on Monday suspecting her for murdering a man. A video of the incident went viral on social media. The mob also torched a few shops.

Read More: Woman stripped, beaten by mob on murder suspicion in Bihar

The clip also showed people making video clips of the incident instead of helping the victim.

Yadav tweeted: “What is happening in my Bihar? Today a woman has been beaten up and paraded naked on the road. You (referring to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi) have transformed Bihar into jungle and monster raj.”

Yadav said he was numb to see the “heart-wrenching video clip” of the women.

Presently, the woman is under police custody and undergoing medical examinations.

However, she denied her involvement in the murder.

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Mandsaur Rape Case: Two accused gets death sentence

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Bhopal, Aug 22: The Madhya Pradesh special court on Tuesday pronounced death sentence to the two accused Irfan and Asif for raping a seven-year-old girl in Mandsaur.

Second Additional District and Sessions judge Nisha Gupta sentenced death to the accused.

The minor was kidnapped and raped before being abandoned at a secluded place while she was waiting for her father after school on June 26.

The victim was found by a neighbour walking dazed on the next morning.

The brutal rape triggered a countrywide outrage and protest.

Thousands of people took out a march and also submitted a memorandum to the Mandsaur administration, demanding death sentence for the accused.

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