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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.


Everything you need to know about ‘Plastic Ban’ in Maharashtra



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Mumbai, June 23: From June 23 onwards, Maharashtra will start imposing fines on all those caught using plastic products. 

The development followed the state government’s March 23 dated notification prohibiting the manufacturing, use, sale, distribution and storage of all plastic and thermocol materials.

According to the notification, products manufactured from plastic and thermocol have been banned. Usage of disposable dishes, cups, plates, glasses, forks, bowls, containers, plastic packaging to wrap or store products, and packaging of food items food grain material, containers is prohibited.

However, the plastic packaging for medical purpose is permitted in the state.

Other materials that are excluded from the ban include food grade virgin plastic used for packaging milk, compostable packaging bags used for horticulture and agriculture purposes, plastic bags used for exporting goods, the plastic used at the manufacturing stage, the plastic used for handling of solid waste.

As per the rule, violators will be fined Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 for the first and second-time offense. A third-time offender will have to shell out Rs 25,000 and may also get a jail term of three months.

To check the violations, Maharashtra government has constituted several teams. As Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and district and local administration officials have been authorised to implement it.

While at tourist locations, tourism police, or Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation will regulate this law.

Besides, it has also formed an association comprising of plastic manufacturers, ministry officials and environmental experts to chalk out the implementation of the ban.


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Seychelles President in India after cancelling Assumption island deal with New Delhi



Ahmedabad, June 23 :Seychelles President Danny Faure landed in Gujarat for a six-day visit to India, a day after the country’s Parliament has cancelled New Delhi’s planned project to build a naval base in the western Indian Ocean region. India’s strategic interests in the Indian Ocean Region got a big jolt amidst Beijing’s growing economic and strategic footprints in the region.

While debating on the issue in the Parliament, the Opposition lawmakers argued that permitting India to build a naval base on the strategically located island of Assumption would infringe on the country’s sovereignty.

Faure will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. He will then meet President Ram Nath Kovind and hold delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will also address the India-Seychelles Business Forum.



On June 4, Faure had stated that there will be no discussion on the military base project with Modi on his state visit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced India’s plan to set up and develop its first overseas military base at Assumption Island in the Seychelles in March 2015 to boost India’s regional diplomacy and capabilities.

The island nation of the Seychelles, strategically located in the context of sea lanes of communication (SLOCs), has long been an Indian ally.

Since 2003, India has maintained a military cooperation agreement with the Seychelles.

Modi government  has set up a Coastal Radar Surveillance (CRS) system in 2016, and donated three fast-track patrol vessels and one Dornier aircraft to the Seychelles Defense Forces.

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Army releases hit list of Kashmir’s 21 top most wanted terrorists




Srinagar, June 23 :The Army has finalised a new hit- list of 21 most wanted terrorists as a part of offensive strategy against the terrorists operating in the valley after Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) chief Dawood Ahmed Salafi and three of his aides were gunned down in a shootout at Nowshera village in south Kashmir on Friday.

Security establishment sources said major operations were now underway to eliminate 21 “most wanted terrorists” from various terror outfits :11 from Hizbul Mujahideen, seven from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), two from Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) and one from Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hind (AGH).

Dawood Sofi, the alleged head of the Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) was among the four terrorists killed in a joint operation in Anantnag by the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police.Dawood Ahmad Sofi was involved in several terror attacks on policemen, snatching of weapons, stone-pelting cases.

Governor’s rule has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Army has further fine-tuned its offensive strategy against the terrorists operating in the valley.

The Army is determined to eliminate all the terrorists who are part of the list to ensure peace in Kashmir.

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