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Maharashtra: Another farmer kills self, fifth in three days




Osmanabad, Jun 9 : One more farmer has allegedly committed suicide in Maharashtra apparently due to indebtedness, taking the number of peasants who have killed themselves in the recent past to five.

Sandip Shelke (25), who had participated in the recent stir by cultivators for various demands, allegedly hanged himself from a tree in his field in Kahamaswadi village here today, police said.

Shelke’s cousin said he took the extreme step due to his inability to pay Rs 2.5 lakh loan he had taken from a bank as his crop has suffered damage due to drought.

However, a police official said the exact cause behind Shelke’s suicide is not known immediately.

Following the incident, angry farmers set afire to an effigy of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the village while demanding a loan waiver.

The villagers have declared a bandh in Kalamb tehsil tomorrow in protest against the incident.

Farmers in the state have been demanding a complete loan waiver besides clearing their 7/12 extracts (land records) of all liabilities and a guaranteed rate for milk among other demands.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, four farmers ended their lives in various parts of the state.

Police had said suicides by all the four farmers were due to non-payment of loans from banks and private money lenders.

Dhanaji Jadhav (45) hanged himself from a tree near his house at Veet village in Karmala tehsil in Solapur district Wednesday night. He had left a note purportedly stating that he should not be cremated till the chief minister visits his place and meets their demands.

However, the family members of the deceased relented following an intervention by the district guardian minister.

In another incident, a 48-year-old farmer, Hanumant Shinde, reeling under debt, committed suicide by consuming poison at Gondavewadi in Pune district yesterday.

In Wardha district, farmer Ishwar Baliram Ingale (55) allegedly committed suicide by hanging from a tree in his farm on Wednesday, the police said.

In Satara district of western Maharashtra, a 35-year-old farmer, Suresh Sable, ended his life by consuming poison on June 5 in Man tehsil.

Fadnavis had recently announced waiving of loans of small and marginal farmers. However, the announcement failed to pacify the protesting farmers who are demanding a complete loan waiver.


Delhi government to act against schools for arbitrary fee hike



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New Delhi, Dec 13: The Delhi government on Wednesday decided to act strictly against private schools that arbitrarily increased school fees citing the Seventh Pay Commission revision as reason.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia chaired a meeting at the Secretariat on Wednesday on several complaints of arbitrary increase in fees by schools in the name of Seventh Pay Commission revision, an official told IANS.

On Thursday, all MLAs are scheduled to meet officials of the Education Department, with complaints from their respective constituencies on the issue.

The meeting is expected to be attended by Kejriwal and Sisodia.


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Two days after moderate rain, NCR air quality again ‘very poor’



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New Delhi, Dec 13: The air quality in the National Capital Region, including Delhi, again went down to “very poor” by Wednesday morning from “poor” for a day only in the wake of moderate rain on Monday.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality at 11 of the 21 monitoring stations across NCR was “very poor”, as against only four regions on Tuesday night.

In Delhi, concentration of major pollutant PM2.5 — air particles with diameter less than 2.5 micrometers — was 133 units at 15 active monitoring stations, and 131 units at 21 stations across NCR, considered “very poor”.

On Wednesday, the number of areas exposed to toxic air jumped from four (Tuesday night) to 11 towards noon.

The most-polluted areas included Anand Vihar in east Delhi, Delhi Technical University in north Delhi, ITO, Mandir Marg and Lodhi road in central Delhi, Siri Fort and R.K Puram in south Delhi, Sector 125 in Noida and Vasundhara in Ghaziabad.

The PM2.5 in these areas ranged between 123 and 194 units — five to eight times the permissible limit.

According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) across 10 stations in the NCR was 252 at noon, as compared with 219 at 4 p.m. on Tuesday after 7.8 mm rainfall.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the NCR with high moisture has no chances of rains on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Currently, Delhi is experiencing north-westerly winds with low speeds of 5 to 10 kmph,” an IMD official told IANS.


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Kashmir Valley freezes at sub-zero temperatures



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Srinagar, Dec 13: Minimum temperatures throughout the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region remained below freezing point on Wednesday as the ski resort of Gulmarg recorded the coldest temperature at minus 9.8.

The weather office has forecast rain in the plains and snowfall in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir till Thursday.

Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6.5 and Kargil was at minus 5.8 degrees Celsius.

Srinagar was at minus 0.7, Pahalgam at minus 2.1, Jammu recorded 8.8, Katra 8.2, Batote 1.1, Bannihal 0.6, Bhaderwah 0.4 and Udhampur was at 8.0 degrees Celsius, the Met said.


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