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Two students killed in minibus-truck crash in Maharashtra

Yavatmal (Maharashtra), Feb 18 (IANS) Two minor students were killed and eight others injured when the minibus in which they were commuting collided with a truck on the Nandepera bypass, near Wani, here on Thursday, police said. The victims have been identified as Shraddha P. Hulke and Gaurav Y. Devurkar, both aged 14. They were studying in Macaroon Students Academy in Wani. The ...

6 months ago
'Farmer suicide report a cover-up'

Kolkata, July 31 (IANS) With agrarian distress being a major crisis accounting for thousands of farming lives every year, the latest data by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which claims the suicide rates among Indian farmers has halved, has triggered scorn, with experts calling it a hoax and manipulative. According to the NCRB's first collated detailed data on farmers' suicides...

6 months ago
Maharashtra picks activist to solve agrarian crises

Nagpur, July 23 (IANS) In a surprising development, the Maharashtra government has decided to appoint a prominent farmers' activist to head a panel to curb farmland suicides and recommend agro-reforms. Tentatively named 'Farmers Distress Management Task Force', it will be headed by Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) president Kishore Tiwari, who has spent over 15 years in the field of th...

7 months ago
'Don't compel banks to give farm loans'

Mumbai/Nagpur, July 22 (IANS) In an embarrassment to the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena combine in Maharashtra, the central government has written to the state asking it to desist from compelling banks to extend farm credit, official sources here said on Wednesday. The letter, dated July 8, has been sent by union Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia to state chief secretary S. Kshatriya -- barely a cou...

7 months ago
Farmers who sought permission to kill self get their dues

Nagpur (Maharashtra), July 15 (IANS) The dues of seven farmers who sought permission to commit suicide have been cleared, an official said on Wednesday. We have disbursed the amounts and deposited them directly in their bank accounts, Wardha collector Ashutosh Sahil told IANS. He said that the problems arose mainly because the district administration did not have the correct bank...

7 months ago
Can we commit suicide, Maharashtra farmers ask government

Nagpur, July 13 (IANS) In a bizarre development, seven debt-ridden farmers, among them three women, in Maharashtra's Wardha district have sought the administration's permission to commit suicide. The situation has become so bad that these seven peasants have approached the district officials requesting their green signal to end their lives, said Kishore Tiwari, president of the Vidarbha ...

7 months ago
Swaminathan dismayed by starvation deaths

Nagpur, July 9 (IANS) Agro-scientist M.S. Swaminathan has expressed dismay over the starvation deaths in India despite the availability of a very large food grain reserve with the government. I am really sorry that starvation deaths are taking place, inspite of a very large food grain reserve with our government. I am glad you are highlighting the tragic nature of this dilemma of co-exis...

7 months ago
Bombay HC seeks reply from Maharashtra on starvation death

Nagpur (Maharahstra), July 8 (IANS) The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the Maharashtra government to file an affidavit on its non-implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013, following a starvation death in Tiroda, Gondiya, district. A division bench comprising Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indu Jain asked the principal secretary, food and civil s...

7 months ago
Mahrashtra farmer suicides: Yavatmal collector summoned

Nagpur, July 4 (IANS) The Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has summoned the Yavatmal collector over the spate of suicides reported among Kolam tribal farmers of this district in the past few months, an activist said here on Saturday. The notice follows a complaint lodged by Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti President Kishore Tiwari mentioning how the state government has floute...

8 months ago
Centre raises MSP for pulses, paddy, cotton; triggers mixed reaction

New Delhi/Mumbai/Chandigarh/Kolkata, June 17 (IANS) The central government on Wednesday raised the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of crops by varied degrees, ranging from a sharp Rs.275 for some pulses to a moderate Rs.50 in case of paddy and a small Rs.15 for maize for this year's kharif season. The new support prices will be effective from October 1 this year, the Cabinet Committee on Eco...

8 months ago
New cotton MSP a 'jumla', say Vidarbha farmers

Nagpur, June 17 (IANS) The Rs.50 per quintal raise in the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for cotton was labeled as another jumla -- mere words -- by a prominent farmers' group on Wednesday. According to the new MSP for cotton announced on Wednesday, the government will procure long staple cotton at Rs.4,150 per quintal and medium staple cotton at Rs.3,800 per quintal. Last year, th...

8 months ago
Farm widow ends life, 100 days after meeting Maharashtra CM

Yavatmal (Maharashtra), June 12 (IANS) Barely 100 days after meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, a farm widow from Pipmpributi village here ended her life on Friday, a watchdog NGO said. Fadnavis had called on and consoled the victim, Shanta Tajane -- whose husband Prahlad Tajane had committed suicide four years ago -- while on a tour of the district on March 3 this yea...

8 months ago
Modi's one year in power saw 1,306 farmer suicides in Maharashtra

Nagpur, May 25 (IANS) A record 1,306 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra during the one-year period of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in office - between May 20, 2014, to May 25, 2015, a farmers' watchdog body said here on Monday. This figure is around 40 percent higher than the same period between May 2013-May 2014, said Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti chief Kishore Tiwari. While...

9 months ago
Maharashtra move for 'psychiatric counselling' irks farmers

Yavatmal (Maharashtra), May 14 (IANS) A farmers' watchdog body on Thursday castigated the state government's plans to conduct physiological and psychiatric counselling in a renewed bid to reduce farmland suicides in Maharashtra. Terming it as a 'madness survey', the Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) chief Kishore Tiwari feels it is yet another excuse to deprive farmers of any further fi...

9 months ago
Congress slams Maharashtra minister's remarks on farmers

Mumbai/Yavatmal, May 11 (IANS) The Congress on Monday criticised the irresponsible statements by a minister of the BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra on the sensitive issue of farmers' suicides. State Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said utterances from Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse that tribal farmers don't commit suicides as they were 'morally strong' and that the governm...

9 months ago
Farmers torch Maharashtra minister's effigy over suicide remark

Yavatmal (Maharashtra), May 10 (IANS) Hundreds of farmers on Sunday burned effigies and posters of Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse's for his recent remarks that tribal farmers don't commit suicide as they were morally strong and that the state government has no solutions to stop farmland suicides. The farmers, including many women, raised slogans against Khadse for his rec...

9 months ago
Farmers furious as minister says no solution to farmland suicides

Nagpur (Maharashtra), May 9 (IANS) A farmers' advocacy group from Vidarbha on Saturday locked horns with Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse over his remarks that the government has no solution to stop farmland suicides. We are shocked by Khadse's insensitive statements on such a sensitive issue which is a matter of concern for not only Maharashtra, but farm communities in Ind...

9 months ago
'Seeking Israeli help to reduce farmer suicides ignores core issue'

Mumbai, May 2 (IANS) A farmers NGO on Saturday criticized Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' recent initiative of seeking help from Israel to help reduce farmland suicides in the state as an attempt to shift focus from the core issues of agrarian distress. The Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) said this distress is linked to mounting debts and frozen institutional credits vis...

11 months ago
Maharashtra to waive off private farm loans

Mumbai, March 13 (IANS) The Maharashtra government on Friday announced plans to write off private loans availed from money-lenders by the state's farming community. Accordingly, around 2.23 lakh farmers from the Vidarbha and Marathwada regions who have totally taken loans worth an estimated Rs.156 crore plus interest of Rs.15 crore (thus totalling Rs.171 crore) are expected to be benefit...

11 months ago
Ignored by Centre, Maharashtra farmers pin hopes on state

Nagpur (Maharashtra), March 8 (IANS) The beleaguered farming community of Maharashtra has demanded a waiver of crop loans accompanied by provision of health and food security in the forthcoming state budget, which is to be presented later this month, an activist said here on Sunday. The Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti's (VJAS) list of demands came on the eve of the Budget Session of the legi...

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