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Two more MP farmers commit ‘suicide over farm debt’



Farmer Suicide

Sehore (Madhya Pradesh), June 19 : Suicide by farmers under debt burden and mounting pressure from moneylenders continues in Madhya Pradesh, though some of these deaths have also been linked to reasons other than farm debt.

On Monday, one farmer committed suicide in a village in Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s home district Sehore, while another ended his life in Vidisha — the parliamentary constituency of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Bansi Lal, 54, committed suicide by hanging himself at his home in Jamoniya Khurd village within the jurisdiction of Doraha police station of Sehore district, police said.

“Bansi Lal had nine acres of land. He owed Rs 9 lakh to banks as well as moneylenders, and that is why he committed suicide,” said his family members.

However, Munna Lal Chowdhary, the officer in-charge of Doraha police station, told IANS: “Bansi Lal has committed suicide. But what exactly drove him to take the extreme step is not known yet. It will be clear only after investigation.”

In the second incident, the body of Jeevan Singh (35) of Sair Bamaura village, falling under Kararia police limits in Vidisha district, was found hanging from a tree in an agriculture field.

While the villagers insisted that debt burden led him to kill himself, police station incharge Rachna Mishra said that following a quarrel with his wife, he had left his home in the night itself and that Jeevan Singh committed suicide over the tiff with his wife.

In yet another incident on Monday morning, a 25-year-old man, Murlidhar Beldar, attempted to kill himself by consuming some insecticide in Beri village under Handia Police Station of Harda district. He was admitted to the district hospital in a serious condition.

Handia Police Station In-charge Siddharth Priyadarshan confirmed that Beldar had consumed some insecticide, but said more details were still awaited. His bid to end his life is, however, being linked to family dispute.

With two more deaths reported on Monday, the total number of farmers’ deaths in the state in the last eight days has gone up to 13, out of which four deaths have been reported from Chouhan’s home district Sehore.

A few days ago, Dulichandra, a farmer who had a debt of Rs 5 lakh, committed suicide in Jajna village in Sehore district.

Khaaju Khan, 75, of Bapcha Kala village and Mukesh Yadav, 23, the owner of one-and-half acre land in Lachaur village in Sehore’s Narsullaganj, committed suicide earlier.

The farmers in Madhya Pradesh staged a protest from June 1 to 10 demanding loan waiver and remunerative price for their produce.

Five farmers succumbed to police bullets while protesting in Mandsaur district on June 6 while another succumbed to his injuries later.


Indians get more British work visas in comparison to others



New Delhi, Dec 12: Stating that there has been surge in the number of British visas issued to Indians, the British High Commission  on Tuesday that Indians get more work visas as compared to other nationalities.

Citing figures issued by the UK Office for National Statistics, the High Commission said in a statement that the number of visas granted to Indian nationals from September 2016 to September 2017 stood at 517,000, news agency IANS

“Within this number, visit visas increased by 11 per cent to 427,000 and work visas remained steady at 53,000 – meaning that Indians still get more work visas for employment in the UK than all other nationalities combined,” the statement stated.

Asserting that the largest increase was witnessed in the Tier 4 student visa category, it said in the last year more than 14,000 student visas were issued to Indians, an increase of 27 per cent compared with the previous 12 months.

In addition to this,more than  5,000 Indians came for short-term study in the UK during the same period. This is the third successive quarter that student visa numbers have scaled up.

“These statistics show that India’s bridge with the United Kingdom is as strong as ever,” British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith said.

“I particularly welcome the sharp increase in Indian students choosing to take advantage of the UK’s world-beating higher education. Our visa service for Indians is as good as any other on offer. Some 90 per cent of applicants receive a visa and 99 per cent of those are processed within our target time of 15 working days.”


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India, Australia hold first 2+2 dialogue



New Delhi, Dec 12: In a bid to boost their bilateral strategic partnership keeping the Indo-Pacific region in mind and to increase defence cooperation, India and Australia held their inaugural 2+2 Foreign Secretaries and Defence Secretaries Dialogue here on Tuesday.

While Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra participated from the Indian side, Australia was represented by Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Frances Adamson and Secretary of Department of Defence Greg Moriarty.

According to a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry, all aspects of bilateral relations with a focus on strategic and defence relations between the two countries were reviewed.

“India and Australia share warm bilateral relations based on shared democratic values and pluralism. There is a growing convergence of strategic perspectives between the two countries,” the statement said.

“Both sides agreed that a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large.”

With the changing global scenario, Australia has come to look at India as a potential partner in promoting regional security and stability and this led the bilateral relationship to be elevated to a Strategic Partnership, including adoption of a Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation in 2009.

During the visit of then Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot to India in 2014, a civil nuclear cooperation agreement was signed by the two countries.

During that visit, the two sides also agreed to extend defence cooperation to cover research, development and industry engagement.

India’s trade in goods and services with Australia was approximately $15.6 billion in 2016.

The two countries are also currently discussing a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) which will provide greater market access to exporters of goods and services.

According Tuesday’s External Affairs Ministry statement, Australian Foreign Secretary Adamson is also scheduled to meet meeting Secretary (East) Preeti Saran and Secretary (Economic Relations) Vijay Gokhale in the ministry during the course of the visit.

Defence Secretary Moriarty also met Chief of Staff Committee and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and visited Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre in New Delhi.


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SC slams MEA over delay in Ritika Awasthi’s extardition



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Supreme Court of India on Tuesday (12th December) asks Ministry of External Affairs to reply by December 15th on the delay in the extradition proceedings of Ritika Awasthi . Court indicated that they might summon the MEA Secretary if their orders aren’t adhered to.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday was hearing a matter relateed to a businesswoman Ritika Awasthi, who went to UK in January 2016 after obtaining bail and permission from the Supreme Court to travel abroad on an undertaking that she will return. She had been named accused in a cheating case in Uttar Pradesh.


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