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Pay Rs 100 a quintal to farmers to curb stubble burning: Supreme Court

The court slammed Punjab, Haryana and UP governments, which cited lack of funds and indebtedness for their inability to meet these directions.

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New Delhi, Nov 6 : At a three-hour-long hearing, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked UP, Haryana and Punjab governments to provide Rs 100 per quintal assistance within seven days to small and marginal farmers to help them from burning stubble to clear fields.

The Bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, said agriculture was the backbone of the country and it’s the duty of the government to protect small and marginal farmers. Lack of funds couldn’t be a ground for the government to neglect them.

“Provide stubble managing machinery free to small and marginal farmers for the time being, as it will address stubble burning”, said Justice Mishra.

The court slammed Punjab, Haryana and UP governments, which cited lack of funds and indebtedness for their inability to meet these directions.

“The state governments prepare a roadmap…small and marginal farmers are often left behind and big farmers reap benefits. We want to change this trend,” said the court. The court also asked the state governments to assist small and marginal farmers to access machines that could help in managing stubble, especially from the local custom hiring centres.

The court also directed the Centre to frame a comprehensive scheme to take care of environment issues and protect the interest of small and marginal farmers within three months. It should be implemented across the country, the court added.

The court asked the Delhi government to take concrete steps to counter pollution and not hide behind the failure of corrupt civic agencies. “Pollution hot spots have been identified in Delhi. We want action. A compliance report should be filed by the Chief Secretary on the action-taken to address pollution at these spots,” said the court pointing to shocking state of affairs in the national capital.

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Mosque turns venue for Hindu wedding

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New Delhi, Jan 20 : An unusual story of a wedding is doing the rounds on internet in which a couple tied the knot at a mosque in Alappuzha district in Kerala on Sunday as per Hindu rituals.

The news came out after the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took to Twitter to congratulate and appreciate the couple for upholding such a beautiful example of religious harmony.

Vijayan wrote: “An example of unity from Kerala. The Cheravally Muslim Jamat Mosque hosted a Hindu wedding of Asha & Sharath. The Mosque came to their help after Asha’s mother sought help from them. Congratulations to the newlyweds, families, Mosque authorities & the people of Cheravally.”

The tweet went viral and netizens reacted to the post with heartwarming gestures and blessings.

A user tweeted: “I am glad that Kerala has such amity with vegetables and flowers not beef eating tourism promoted by the Government. God bless the couple.”

“Kerala sets the vision of future India,” wrote another user.

A post read, “Keep it up Keralians. Now we know that Kerala is not only the most literate state but also the most educated state.”

A Tweeple remarked, “After learning of such a beautiful tale of Hindu-Muslim unity, Hindutva thugs of @RSSorg and @BJP4India won’t be able to sleep tonight.”

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Consumer confidence plunges 7.3% in Jan 2020: Report

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New Delhi, Jan 20 : Consumer sentiment has nosedived by 7.3 percentage points in January 2020, according to the latest India Primary Consumer Sentiment Index (PCSI), as measured by Thomson Reuters, in partnership with Ipsos.

The major cause for this pessimism is the depleting confidence around personal spends and investments. Even confidence about the economy is low, though confidence around jobs has slightly moved up.

“Inflation and prices of essential commodities have been going up due to the US-Iran standoff and uncertainty around the US-China trade war. It has jacked up oil prices and the cost of living. Also around this time, IT planning is a strain on incomes. Additionally, global slowdown has impacted India’s economic growth as well, as economies are becoming increasingly interdependent,” says Amit Adarkar, India CEO & APAC Operations Director, Ipsos.

The monthly PCSI, which is driven by the aggregation of the four weighted sub-indices, has plummeted for at least 3 of the 4 sub indices. The four sub-indices are: Current Conditions Index; Expectations Index; Investment Index; and Jobs Index.

While the PCSI Employment Confidence (“Jobs”) Sub-Index has slightly moved upwards by 0.5 percentage points, the PCSI Economic Expectations (“Expectations”) Sub Index, has significantly declined by 5.1 percentage points. The PCSI Investment Climate (“Investment”) Sub-Index has plunged by 12.9 percentage points; and the PCSI Current Personal Financial Conditions (“Current Conditions”) Sub-Index has also majorly dropped by 12.5 percentage points, over the last month.

The findings have come out from an Ipsos online poll conducted between December 20, 2019-January 3, 2020. For this survey, a sample of 500 adults from Ipsos’ India online panel aged 16-64 was interviewed online.

The Thomson Reuters/Ipsos India Primary Consumer Sentiment Index (PCSI), ongoing since 2010, is a monthly national survey of consumer attitudes on the current and future state of local economies, personal finance situations, savings and confidence to make large investments.

Ipsos Public Affairs is a non-partisan, objective, survey-based research practice made up of seasoned professionals. It conducts strategic research initiatives for a diverse number of American and international organisations, based not only on public opinion research, but elite stakeholder, corporate and media opinion research.

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Peace party will file curative petition on Tuesday against Ayodhya verdict

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New Delhi, Jan 20: The Peace Party of India will file a curative petition in the Supreme Court on Tuesday against the top court’s verdict in the Ayodhya case.

Earlier also the Supreme Court has already dismissed 18 review petition in this case.
Peace party president Dr. Ayub will file curative petition in Supreme court on Tuesday.

All review petitions filed against the Supreme Court’s decision in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case of Ayodhya were dismissed on 12 December.

In its Ayodhya verdict on November 9 last year, the Supreme Court had paved the way for construction of Ram temple.

A bench of five judges of the Supreme Court said that there is no merit in the petitions.
The Apex court had decided to give the disputed land to Ramlala to build the Ram temple.

A total of 18 petitions were filed for review of the November 9 decision of a special bench of five judges of the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya case.

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