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TN farmers protest in Delhi, again

They want adequate compensation for agricultural produce, crop insurance to individual farmers and linking of rivers to address issue of water crisis.

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New Delhi, July 17 : Distressed farmers from Tamil Nadu were back in Delhi on Monday three months after they suspended their protest due to the alleged non-fulfilment of promises made by the government.

Around 100 farmers from the agrarian crisis-hit state, who had suspended their 41-day protest following assurances from the government in April this year, turned up at Jantar Mantar to press for their demands.

They want adequate compensation for agricultural produce, crop insurance to individual farmers and linking of rivers to address issue of water crisis.

P. Ayyakannu, President of the National-South Indian Rivers Linking Farmers Association, who is leading the protest, said the farmers had decided to continue their protest for at least 100 days, braving the monsoon.

“Both state and Central governments did not fulfil the promises they made to us. They had assured us that our mortgaged jewellery would not be sold. However, banks have started selling the jewellery. Now, they are going to sell our land as well,” Ayyakannu told IANS.

“We had no option but to restart our protest as the Centre and Tamil Nadu governments have breached out trust. Due to water crisis and drought in the state, farmers are under a huge financial burden. We are almost destroyed. We do not care if we die protesting here.”

Ayyakannu said about 90 per cent of the water sources in Tamil Nadu had dried up leaving little water for irrigation and drinking purposes.

Three months ago, the Tamil Nadu farmers had grabbed eyeballs through their strange ways of protest such as wearing skulls, holding mock funerals, stripping outside the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and drinking their own urine.

On April 23, they suspended their protest after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami assured them that he would take up their demands including that of loan waiver with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Also, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan had told them that their issues would be looked into.

“The state government has waived off the loans of some farmers but we want complete loan waiver. Also, we want the Central government to ensure remunerative prices for agricultural produce and interlinking of rivers to solve the water problem,” Ayyakannu said.

The Delhi Police had detained some farmers on Sunday after they attempted to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Ayyakannu said the ongoing nation-wide farmers protest, including the Mandsaur-Delhi farmer rally, has boosted their morale to continue their fight.

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Loan scam: CBI registers FIRs against 22 PNB employees

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Central Bureau of Investigation’s Bhopal branch on Friday registered 22 cases against the employees of Punjab National Bank and others and conducted simultaneous raids in Bhopal and Ujjain for alleged fraudulent disbursement of loans and credit limits to different private parties dealing in the business of coal during the period from 2011 to 2016.

The investigations revolve around four branches in Bhopal and Ujjain (MP) and FIRs were registered on the basis of complaint lodged by the bank.

“It is alleged that the employees of the bank fraudulently sanctioned and disbursed loans and credit limit to different private parties dealing in the business of Coal. Loans were sanctioned against exorbitant valuation of the collateral securities,” said CBI officials.

Beneficiaries had disposed of the primary security of Coal without depositing the proceeds with the bank, thereby causing wrongful loss to the bank to the tune of Rs 80 crore.

The offices as well as houses of accused persons are being searched at 47 places in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Maharastra and Punjab, during which incriminating documents have been recovered and seized.

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Over 230 officials transferred ahead of Tripura elections

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Agartala, Jan 20: Ahead of the February 18 polls, more than 230 officials, including 10 returning officers, besides police, have been transferred in Tripura to comply with the poll panel’s orders, an official stated here on Saturday.

In total 180 police officials, 58 civil administration officials, including 10 returning officers, have been transferred since last week in the state, following the Election Commission’s (EC) orders and the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

The poll panel enforced MCC on Thursday.

On late Friday night, 58 civil administration officials were transferred and asked to join their new postings within 24 hours, news agency IANS quoted an Election official was saying.

Out of the 58, other than the 10 returning officers, six were sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs).

Prior to this, last week the Tripura Police Authority transferred 180 police officers, including 20 Officers-in-Charge (OCs) of police stations and 29 Deputy Superintendent of Police rank officers.

Tripura Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanti stated that altogether 40 all-women polling stations would be set up in 40 of the 60 assembly constituencies in eight districts of the state.

“This is the first time in Tripura that so many polling stations would be set up for exclusive deployment of women polling staffs,” the official told the media persons.

Voting will take place in 3,214 polling stations across Tripura.

A two-member EC team led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain held a slew of meetings with senior officials, including Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Sukhla, since Thursday and reviewed the poll preparations.

The EC team, which visited all the eight districts during the last three days, left here on Saturday for the national capital.

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SC bench headed by CJI to hear Loya case

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New Delhi, Jan 20: The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will hear on Monday two petitions seeking an independent probe into the death of Special CBI Court judge B.M. Loya who was holding the trial in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh staged shootout case.

The supplementary cause list issued on Saturday lists the petitions by social activist Tehseen Poonawala and Maharashtra-based journalist Bandhuraj Sambhaji Lone before the bench of Chief Justice Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.

Earlier, the two petitions were being heard by the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.

The allocation of Judge Loya’s matter to a relatively junior bench was one of the bones of contention raised by four rebel judges in their unprecedented press conference on January 12.

The bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra on January 17 recused itself from hearing the matter after the bench directed that all the documents furnished by the Maharashtra government to the court relating to the death of Judge Loya be shared with the petitioners seeking independent probe.

The case came into limelight as BJP president Amit Shah was allegedly one of the accused in the case. Shah was later discharged by the Special CBI court trying the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case.

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