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Mumbai farmers’ protest: Govt has accepted most demands of farmers, Says Fadnavis

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Mumbai, March 12: In a bid to turn spotlight on the grave agrarian crises gripping the state, thousands of Maharashtra farmers cracked the whip on the government by completing a long march to the Assembly, here on Monday.

Addressing media after meeting agitators delegation, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said we have accepted most of their demands and have given them a written letter.

Prior to this,  Girish Mahajan, Maharashtra Minister stated we’ve had a positive meeting with farmers in which all their demands were discussed. They had around 12-13 demands out of which we’ve accepted some and will be giving them a written draft of it.

“I think they’re satisfied with our decision”, he added.

Under the banner of Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha (ABKS),  the farmer’s wing of Communist Party of India-Marxist, over 35,000 peasants including men, women, youth and even seniors courageously completed the 180-km long march in six days to press their demands.

The peasants sporting red caps, red flags, beating drums and cymbals and the tribal blowing instrument –‘tarpa’, marched in disciplined unity as the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena braced itself for the political fallout of the peasant power.

The farmer’s demands include a complete waiver of loans,  power dues and fair prices for their produce.

The huge crowd gathered at Azad Maidan early Monday. The agitators had camped at the KJ Somaiya Ground before marching towards Azad Maidan, a large ground designated for protests here, shortly after midnight.

The opposition Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, the Sena and Shiv Sena, which is part of the ruling alliance, have extended support to the farmers’ demands.

Yesterday, Shiv Sena’s Aditya Thackeray visited the farmers and interacted with them.

“Considering the tremendous response we have evoked from across the state, the government cannot dismiss us lightly. If it continues to dilly-dally on the farm loans waiver or try to take us for a ride, it will face the consequences”, Farmers leader Ajit Nawale told media last night.

In 2017, the Maharashtra government had announced a loan waiver of Rs 4,000 crore under the first phase of the peasant loan waiver scheme.

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Modi, Rahul wish Manmohan Singh on his birthday

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New Delhi, Sep 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and several politicians wished former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his 86th birthday on Wednesday, praying for his long life and good health.

Modi tweeted: “Greetings to our former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh ji on his birthday. I pray for Dr Singh’s long life and good health.”

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted: “Birthday greetings and good wishes to former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh ji. May he be blessed with good health and long life.”

Meanwhile, Gandhi extended his greetings to Manmohan Singh’s selfless service to the nation.

“Manmohan Singh ji’s birthday is an opportunity for us to appreciate and remember his many years of selfless service and dedication to the cause of nation building. I wish him a very happy birthday and good health and happiness always,” he tweeted.

Praying for Manmohan Singh’s long and healthy life, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “I wish a very happy 86th birthday to Dr Manmohan Singh, our former Prime Minister. A man of integrity, sobriety and humble nature. I pray for his long & healthy life.”

Born in Gah, now in Pakistan, on September 26, 1932, Manmohan Singh served as the Prime Minister of India between 2004 and 2014 heading the United Progressive Alliance government.

Manmohan Singh, the first Sikh in office, was also the first Prime Minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to be re-elected after completing a full five-year term. His political career began in 1991 when he was appointed as the country’s Finance Minister under the leadership of the then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao.

After obtaining his doctorate in economics from Oxford University, Manmohan Singh worked for the UN during 1966-69. Over the 70s and 80s, he held several key posts in the Government of India, such as Chief Economic Advisor (1972-76), Reserve Bank Governor (1982-85) and Planning Commission head (1985-87).

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Supreme Court allows live streaming of court proceedings

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New Delhi, Sep 26: The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the plea for live streaming of its proceedings.

Upholding a batch of petitions, a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed the framing of rules to regulate the live streaming.

A pilot project will start with a telecast of proceedings of the Chief Justice Court.

Justice Khanwilkar, also speaking for Chief Justice Misra, pronounced the judgement. Justice Chandrachud pronounced a separate but concurring judgement.

It will help in people not relying on second-hand information, encourage legal education and put the system under the sunlight, he said.

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Supreme Court dismisses plea challenging appointment of Justice Gogoi as next CJI

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New Delhi, Sep 26: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition challenging the appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India.

The petition was filed by advocate RP Luthra seeking to quash the appointment.

On September 13, President Ram Nath Kovind had appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India.

He will assume office on October 3 after the retirement of the current Chief Justice, Justice Dipak Misra.

Justice Gogoi will have a term of 13 months 15 days.

He was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court in April, 2012.

Born on November 18, 1954, Justice Gogoi was enrolled as an advocate in 1978. He completed his practice in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters.

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