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the number of persons engaged in organised manufacturing was about 697, — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 23,Silent question?IEDecember 2) This is naturally a disappointment to voters It is welcome that Sonia Gandhi has taken serious note of this Perhaps all parties should make a 70 per cent attendance for an MP mandatory Bidyut K Chatterjee Faridabad For discussion Parliament sessions are meant for articulating public aspirationsapart from normal legislative and executive tasks There is no dearth of issues to discuss on the floor of the House For instancethere are concerns about rising prices of essential commoditiesabout China and Pakistanas well as a plan of action for Copenhagen These issues need thorough debate Ashwani Sharma Ghaziabad Obamas message This refers to Stop using Lashkarinsurgents for policy goalsObama warns Pak (IEDecember 1) President Barack Obamas message to Pakistan can be seen as a result of Manmohan Singhs US visit Perhaps Obama has recognised the lack of political will in Pakistan for resolving the issue of terrorism despite the large amount of aid provided to the country It is now up to the Pakistani establishment to wipe out terrorism or the US will have the leverage to initiate action Deepak Chikramane Mumbai For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: November 22 2015 10:17 am Jim Perry was then named as the host of a revamped edition of “Sale of the Century” in 1982 (Source: Reuters) Top News Jim Perry who hosted the popular NBC game shows “Card Sharks” and “Sale of the Century” in the 1970s and ’80s has died He was 82 Perry passed away on Friday in Oregon after a five-year battle with cancer said The Hollywood Reporter In 1978 the dapper Perry started as host of “Card Sharks” beginning his long-standing relationship with NBC He hosted a version of the game show and the two pilots that preceded it from April 24 1978 until October 23 1981 He was then named as the host of a revamped edition of “Sale of the Century” in 1982 That show aired for six years and spun off into a nightly syndicated version which saw Perry doing double-duty as the host of both shows “Card Sharks” from Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions was based on the card game Acey Deucey and featured huge oversized playing cards handled by attractive female assistants The new version of “Sale of the Century” from Reg Grundy Productions had contestants participating in a shopping game Born in Camden New Jersey Perry was a star basketball player who went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania After graduation he joined the Special Services where he worked on Armed Forces Radio during the Korean War Share This Article Related Article After the war Perry teamed with legendary comedian Sid Caesar and they toured together for several years including a three-year stint in Las Vegas He went on to serve as host of the Miss Canada Pageant which he emceed from 1967-90 and served as the announcer on 1969’s syndicated program “That Show” starring Joan Rivers Perry’s first major American network hosting job came in 1967 with “It’s Your Move” which was produced in Canada for syndication in the US Survivors include his wife of 56 years June a former model; their children Sean and Erin; and three grandchildren “Today we lost the greatest father friend and husband anybody could ever wish for” the family said in a statement “While he provided decades of entertainment to millions of people his greatest victory was his growth as a human being — rising from a childhood filled with challenges including great poverty to provide an amazing life for his family The world is a better place for his having been here” In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his name to a local hospice provider or cancer charity For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsLegendary paceman Wasim Akram on Thursday urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end his country’s cricketing boycott of Pakistan saying the ongoing impasse was hurting fans across the globe Pakistan is awaiting New Delhi’s clearance for a full series the first between the two countries since 2007 that was due to be played in United Arab Emirates starting December File picture of Wasim Akram Reuters India called off most sporting fixtures between the rivals after the 2008 Mumbai attacks which were planned by militants in Pakistan though they did play a limited-overs series in 2012 Recent cross-border tensions including firing across the disputed territory of Kashmir have put the tour in doubt but Wasim 49 said he was hopeful Modi would give it the green light "I request prime minister Modi to clear the tour" Wasim told AFP "I heard that he told his cabinet that he doesn’t have any problems in playing sports with Pakistan so cricket should flourish "What I have noticed is that PM Modi is striving to make India a superpower and they are cricketing superpower so they have a duty to look around the world and cooperate in others’ progress so I am sure he will okay the series" he added Wasim considered the best left-arm pacer in history said India versus Pakistan fixtures were a part of cricket’s fabric and their loss was hurting the game "It’s the loss for the cricketing world which has a small base India-Pakistan is the ultimate contest and I grew up dreaming to feature in an India-Pakistan match" He fondly recalled Pakistan’s tour of India in 1999 where his team beat the hosts in two of their three Tests "We went to India under severe threats but what happened to us there is history" said Wasim who was captain at the time "We were accorded a warm welcome everywhere we went and the love and affection was unbelievable "The same thing happened when India toured Pakistan in 2004 and even now when I tour India as a commentator people meet me with great affection and they ask me why are we not playing cricket "Billions enjoy Indo-Pak matches and its intensity outmatches every other rivalry as no team wants to lose and no fan wants to see his team lose so I sincerely hope that everything is set aside and cricketing ties go on uninterrupted" AFP Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro will test injuries as the Wimbledon run-up period begins on Monday at theStuttgartOpen grass event The former clay week switched surfaces a year ago in an edition won by Rafael Nadal Though the Spaniard is out of action with a wrist injury and was not entered his absence will be more than made up by the arrival of Federer Roger Federer will return from injury at the Stuttgart Open AFP The 34-year-old Swiss was due to practise Sunday on the courts laid a year ago by Wimbledon specialists and given the unofficial seal of approval in 2015 after John McEnroe had a hit on them during dedication ceremonies at the Weissenhof Club Federer wisely skipped what was the wettest and coldest French Open in decades to let back pain subside with tournament organisers saying he has trained in Switzerland and is arriving fit Del Potro wonStuttgartin 2008 — the first of his 18 career trophies — when it was played on clay; he has chosen the venue for his first match in five weeks since losing in the Madrid second round to Jack Sock The Argentine has been dealing with a wrist injury playing only 13 matches in 2016 The Federer effect is expected to be massive at the box office with tournament director Edwin Weindorfer making sure the main court grandstand was able to accommodate an additional 1500 seats Philipp Kohlschreiber will be one of two Germans along with Jan-Lennard Struff directly into the field after negotiations broke down with rising youngster Alexander Zverev who won a round at Wimbledon last year on his debut The ATP number 41 from Hamburg had reportedly made financial demands which were considered too rich by tournament organisers and would not bend despite having been awarded wildcards into the event for the last two editions "I’m a bit disappointed it would have been nice if Sascha would have played But we have financial limitations Perhaps next year." said Weindorfer Federer and the other top four seeds — Croatian Marin Cilic French open semi-finalist Dominic Thiem and Frenchman Gilles Simon — all have byes into the second round Federer will play the winner from American teenager Taylor Fritz and a qualifier while 2014 US Open winner Cilic faces either a qualifier or Denis Istomin Thiem holding a top 10 ranking for the first time after his deep run in Paris starts with Australian Sam Groth or Illya Marchenko of the Ukraine Wild card Del Potro will be tested from the first round by Grigor Dimitrov Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: September 3 2013 5:38 am Related News Hundreds of farmers sat on dharna outside the Deputy Commissioners office on Monday afternoon and demanded the compensation announced to the families of the farmers who had committed suicide from 2000 onwards due to debt The dharna was organised by kisan unions under the banner of CPI The state government had announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh per familybut a number of family members of the farmers had not yet been given compensation to datesaid Kartar Singh Bowanigeneral secretary of kisan union of CPI He said that they also gave a memorandum to the DC in this connection Dharnas were organised at the district level in the entire state A few more kisan unions would be sitting on dharna on September 15 on the similar issuehe added For all the latest Ludhiana News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Pune | Published: March 31 2012 2:54 am Top News The LPG shortage the city has been witnessing for the last few days is expected to ease with the Bulk LPG Transporters Association calling off their six-day strike following an assurance from oil companies that their concerns would be addressed Normal supplyhoweveris likely to take a couple of days as many tanker drivers have gone home and would take at least a day to report to work LPG distributors said city regions including Khadki and Dehu Roadas well as Pimpri-Chinchwadnormally receive around 75000 cylinders a day but the strikewhich had begun on March 22had cut off supply The transporters had demanded renewal of contracts with the oil companies and protection of their interest Speaking to NewslineBulk LPG Transporters Association president for Western MaharashtraSatish Agarwalsaid?Saffron crossroad?IEJuly 27) As in Gujaratin Karantaka toothe chief minister may have won the state election but has caused heavy damage to the partys reputation But there is a difference While Narendra Modis reign saw economic prosperity in GujaratBSY has done little good to the state or the party The years at the helm have been spent focused solely on his survival His continuance has also blunted the BJPs crusade against corruption on all levels The party should replace him but still utilise his organisational skills YG Chouksey Pune It seems it will take a lot of persuasion to get BS Yeddyurappa to step down as the chief minister of Karnataka Though the writing on the wall is clearhe is unfazed With the Karnataka lokayukta report set to indict himone would have thought he would scurry for cover On the contraryhe is deftly parrying demands from all quarters to relinquish office And nowby asking the BJP chief to take a call on his fateBSY has taken the embroiled political affairs of the state to the national stage In a country where electoral fortunes are defined by the caste and communal support garnered by party memberscan the BJP muster the moral courage to ask Yeddyurappa to quit Pachu Menon Goa It is galling that the BJP chiefNitin Gadkarihas asked for the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram based on the statements made by A Raja in court Having allowed Yeddyurappa to continue as chief ministerthey have lost all credibility to raise the issue of corruption Suren Abreu Mumbai Lorded over The performance of Team India in the first Test match against England at Lords has been disappointing Has India lost the temperament for Test matches after a surfeit of ODIs and T20 Anywaywe need bench strength and suitable replacements for seasoned Test players The team and the coach must introspect before the second Test against England Nimish Gokhale Pune It was disheartening to see India lose the first Test match But the touring side was without its regular opener Virender Sehwagand Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan were unfit StillIndia managed to play reasonably well Even when key players were not able to perform to their full potentialwe saw Suresh Raina playing a solid innings and coming to his own India need to register a win at Tent Bridge to keep its No 1 ranking in Tests Sankalp Shukla Navi Mumbai For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | Mumbai | Updated: January 28 2016 3:09 pm Karan Johar says Hansal Mehta’s film “Aligarh” is a “relevant and important film of our times” Related News Filmmaker Karan Johar says Hansal Mehta’s film “Aligarh” is a “relevant and important film of our times” Johar attended a screening of the movie which he found “poignant moving and heartbreaking” “’Aligarh’ is exceptionally poignant moving and heartbreaking in equal measure…a relevant and important film of our times” Karan tweeted on Wednesday (January 27) #Aligarh is exceptionally poignantmoving and heartbreaking in equal measure…a relevant and important film of our times… — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 27 2016 The film is based on the real-life of Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras a professor at Aligarh Muslim University who was removed from his job for homosexuality Actor Manoj Bajpayee essays a professor while actor Rajkummar Rao plays a journalist in the film Also read:Karan Johar to speak atHarvard Praising their work Karan shared: “@mehtahansal and @Apurvasrani tell a strong narrative with genius subtlety and command…@BajpayeeManoj and @RajkummarRao are exceptional” #Aligarh is a must watch! and whatever decisions around that have been addressed prior to making this decision. 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Established in 2010, Andy Pycroft of the elite panel of ICC match referees imposed the suspension while the charge was laid by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, the researchers suggested. that’s not accurate. in his book India After Gandhi, IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsAs the ongoing India-China standoff in the Doka La region in Northeastern part of the country continues for the second month,National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is all set to travel to Beijing to attend a BRICS NSA summit on 27 and 28 July "As far as visit of the National Security Advisor to China for the meeting of BRICS NSAs is concerned I can confirm that he will be visiting The visit will take place on 27 and 28 July" External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said Asked whether Doval will have any bilateral meeting with any Chinese leader or the Special Representative for boundary talks on the sidelines of the meeting of NSAs from BRICS (Brazil Russia India China and South Africa) Baglay did not give a direct reply "We will keep you informed as and when there are developments" Baglay said The visit comes days after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj addressed the Monsoon Session of the Parliament over the ongoing border stand-off?The audience will be treated to folk music of Punjab, the Chinese dream became Xi’s singular obsession and his signature slogan.Neither Xi nor any of his Communist factotum has ever deigned to define precisely what this dream is all about except saying that it means working for a grand "renaissance" of the Chinese people But by 2016 the world was convinced that Xi is in fact daydreaming of Pax Sinica (Latin for Chinese peace the phrase refers to a point in history some 1000 to 1500 years ago when unchallenged Chinese hegemony enforced peace in East Asia) In other words Xi was struck by the fixation of resuscitating China’s past glory long before Donald Trump came up with the unconvincing shibboleth of Make America Great Again last year A Chinese dream a global nightmare What worries the world is that the Chinese dream has come to mean among other things domestically that Xi will turn China into a muscle-flexing monster across continents to browbeat countries that refuse to toe the Chinese line He has already tried to do that to a degree But Xi found to his surprise that to Make China Great Again he needs more than the five years of his first term So he is getting a second one of another five years in a few months when the 19th Party Congress meets After whipping up nationalism bordering on jingoism with his talk of this dream fashioning himself as an evangelist of globalisation nonpareil unleashing the One-Brick-One-Road charade apparently to help the world but to boost Chinese industry talking tough to countries like Japan and India and almost colonising Pakistan in the process Xi has made himself a darling of his people—or so his media mouthpieces want us to believe No doubt Xi will find it a cakewalk to get himself a second term and that will give him ten years in power in all There lies another problem Will ten years be enough to turn a humongous dream into a reality Xi doubts it So he is angling for a third term when the second ends in 2022 But that won’t be easy if not impossible By 2022 Xi will be 69 and he must leave the job if China’s informal retirement age of 68 for top leaders is implemented Deng Xiaoping had brought in this rule to stop any leader from turning into a life-long dictator like Mao Zedong But Xi’s supporters are already thumbing their noses at this rule saying it’s not something that is “set in stone” But Xi may have the option of staying on as a “Paramount Leader” even after 2022 by appointing a yes-man as the president But all this comes later For now it’s this year’s party Congress that matters most to Xi He may use it to test the waters for violating the age-ceiling rules While getting his second term he is expected to extend the tenure of 68-year-old Wang Qishan the Politburo Standing Committee member and head of the party’s Discipline Commission Wang has not only led Xi’s anti-corruption drive but is a bouncer and troubleshooter of sorts for the president By extending Wang’s term in 2017 Xi will set a precedent for himself to stay on at the helm beyond 2022 Why immediate escalation at Doka La is unlikely As all this goes on Xi is most likely to push Doka La to the back burner Writing for the Australian Think Tank Lowy Institute Shashank Joshi presents four possible scenarios in the Doka La stalemate 1 Either China or India will make a unilateral withdrawal from the disputed territory 2 China will use force to expel Indian forces to teach India a lesson 3 A protracted standoff 4 A diplomatic settlement Joshi considers the first scenario unlikely because of the rigid posturing of China and India China on its sovereignty and India on its national security He is sceptical about the second possibility as well because the region’s geography gives India a distinct military advantage and China instead of risking defeat may think of striking India elsewhere to use it for a bargain in Doka La He suspects that since the circumstances might not be ripe for the fourth possibility of a diplomatic truce the third scenario is the most probable one A continued deadlock indeed seems most likely if you consider how crucial the lead-up to the party Congress is for Xi to consolidate his power Towards that end Xi has been fixing his rivals in the guise of his otherwise well-meaning anti-corruption drive Earlier this week Sun Zhengcai a man tipped as a possible contender for the president’s post was ousted ostensibly for being corrupt According to some reports Sun’s downfall is a pointer to turbulent times in Beijing While the state-controlled media has unleashed an unprecedented publicity blitz to sing Xi’s praise a communist party mouthpiece has unashamedly declared that China needs a Mao-like strongman like Xi oblivious to the fact that Deng Xiaoping and many Chinese intellectuals didn’t want another Mao Under Xi China has also been experiencing media and freedom curbs horrendous even by its own standards Xi is too busy with all his secret manoeuvres inside China to do anything rash in Doka La for the time being In the meantime the soldiers of China and India can stay on in the disputed area at kissing distance and go on fuming at each other Hyderabad: The Telangana government on Thursday accorded sanction for prosecution of AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi in a case related to alleged "hate speech" "The government of Telangana hereby accords sanction for prosecution of the accused (Akbaruddin) for the offences punishable under Section 153-A of the IPC in Crime No01/2013 of Nirmal Police Station of Adilabad district" a government order said Akbaruddin Owaisi File photo PTI Section 153-A of the IPC deals with promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion race place of birth residence language etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony The legislator who represents Chandrayangutta constituency in the city is also the floor leader of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) in Telangana Legislative Assembly He is facing charges of sedition and waging war against the nation among others under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for his alleged "hate speech" in Adilabad and Nizamabad districts The police had filed two suo motu cases in Adilabad and Nizamabad districts against the legislator after he allegedly used inflammatory and derogatory language against a community during his public speeches in December 2012 Akbaruddin was arrested and subsequently granted bail in both the cases The politics over the Naxal attack in Sukma Chhattisgarh went to a whole new level when BJP in Delhi decided to ‘dedicate’ their victory in the MCD polls to the 25 CRPF jawans who had lost their lives Poster put up outside BJP HQ dedicating MCD win to CRPF jawans who lost their lives in #sukmaattack #DelhiMCDElections2017 pictwittercom/vpTePAclNM — ANI (@ANI_news) April 26 2017 Apart from dedicating election victories to martyred jawans BJP has also blamed human rights activists for adopting "double standards" for being silent over the deadly Maoist attack but raising a hue and cry when extremists are killed by security forces "These (human rights) activists raise voice and react violently if an extremist or a terrorist is killed by the police but take shelter in silence when a large number of jawans and innocent people get killed by those who operate underground" Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu had said on Tuesday "While the nation was shocked by this killing and violence the so-called sympathisers and proponents of human rights have maintained baffling silence since Monday (when CRPF men were killed)" Naidu added Home Minister Rajnath Singh (left) with Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh PTI Home Minister Rajnath Singh is also reportedly unhappy with the way the CRPF has been functioning in Chhattisgarh Sources had told PTI that he has conveyed to the CRPF brass to resolve some "inherent" problems like weaponry logistics and intelligence-gathering mechanism to ensure lethality and better results by avoiding casualties in anti-Naxal operations What the ruling party has not done so far (apart from dedicating poll victories blaming activists and indirectly pointing fingers at CRPF) is comment on why a survivor of the Sukma Naxal attack said that guarding a place as unstable as Kashmir was easier than being a part of an anti-Maoist operation "We were completely outnumbered and ran out of ammunition after two hours of relentless gunfight This led to higher casualties Guarding Kashmir is easier than being part of an anti-Maoist operation" The Times of India quoted an injured CRPF constable as saying The government needs to urgently answer why a paramilitary force of around two lakh personnel — some of whom complain of conditions worse than the ones prevailing in Kashmir — has remained headless for two months now "MHA should be hauled up for not appointing a DG of such a big force They know when the retirement of an officer is due there is no reason the organisation should remain headless" India Today quoted former BSF Director General Prakash Singh as saying The government should answer why former Union Home Secretary LC Goyal’s suggestion in 2015 of an army cantonment being set up in Bastar was not taken forward Another report in The Times of India reported that Goyal had in fact raised his idea of locating a cantonment area in Abujhmarh (a forest area in Chhattisgarh) with the prime minister himself and other top officials of the security establishment Why is it that a paramilitary force which frequently keeps facing life-threatening attacks by Naxals still does not have good enough equipment and protective gear After the Naxal attack in Sukma politicians from the ruling party fed us the same rosy lines of patriotism about being "proud of the valour of our CRPF personnel" the "sacrifices" of "our bravehearts" and the all-too-familiar "deepest condolences" But the ruling party needs to address some hard-hitting concrete issues if it actually means those words And the opposition parties are as much to blame for playing such petty politics and blame games The most bitter comments came from the Congress For example Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a dig at the government over its linking demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes last year with surrender of Maoists Last heard ‘demonetization’ was the Govt’s strategy to neutralize Naxalism I hope the ‘revised’ strategy has a little more purpose & impact https://tco/fNBGUOHlbT — Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) April 25 2017 That the Congress is more interested in using the Sukma attack as a tool to attack the government is pretty evident when another Congress leader Manish Tewari after initially linking demonetisation to the Sukma attack quickly shifted the focus to demonetisation rather than the actual attack "The principal Opposition party also maintained that the government should revisit the entire demonetisation debate Whosoever in the government had actually made the link between demonetisation and economic crackdown on Naxals the prime minister should throw them out immediately from the government" India Today quoted Tewari as saying Congress clearly seems to be more interested in attacking demonetisation — probably the most important decision taken by the Narendra Modi government — than addressing the real issues In fact Digvijaya Singh went a step ahead and accused Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh and other BJP leaders who win elections from Naxalism-affected areas of striking a "deal" with the Maoists JD(U) leaders also chose to bring up the point of demonetisation while criticising the government over the Sukma attack If politicians in India were more interested in talking about real problems affecting our security personnel rather than resorting to bitter mud-slinging our security personnel would probably not have to face such severe hardships Editor’s note: Parth MN is travelling across Maharashtra’s Marathwada province on a People’s Archive of Rural India fellowship to chronicle agrarian issues in the region over a period of 6-8 months Firstpost will reproduce his reports as and when he files them for Pari Sandip Shelke had taken charge of his family’s four acres in Khamaswadi village in Marathwada’s Osmanabad district 6-7 years ago after the joint family divided their land He was just 19 years old then "My eldest son Mahesh is handicapped in both legs" Sandip’s mother Nandubai says tearfully "Sandip’s uncle would look after the entire land (before the sub-division) My husband works on the farm but he is quite nave and does not take decisions" The Shelkes had cultivated jowar wheat and soyabean for years without much returns So Sandip decided to try sugarcane for the June 2017 sowing season "A cash crop was one of the ways to get rid of our debts” says Nandubai sitting in their dimly lit tin-roofed shed ‘A cash crop was one of the ways to get rid of our debts’ says Nandubai Shelke Sandip’s grieving mother Image by Parth MN In 2012 just two years after Sandip took over the farm Marathwada entered a four-year spell of erratic weather – marked by hailstorms or sparse unseasonal showers as well as drought This damaged crops and farmers suffered severe losses The Shelke family was left with a debt of Rs 35 lakh from the local bank and more than Rs 1 lakh from a private moneylender But Sandip held on The crisis did not stop him from arranging his elder sister Sandhya’s wedding two years ago "He was very responsible and sincere" she says "He would help mom in the kitchen look after his brother" To clear the debts Sandip felt he could not rely on traditional food crops for which the state does not ensure a minimum support price (MSP) As a result their prices fluctuate in the market increasing the uncertainty of returns But the government incentivises sugarcane —with an MSP a decent sugarcane crop guaranteed more money Sandip thought However cultivating it entails other risks The crop is water intensive and needs much more investment than food crops "In any case we were going under" says Nandubai "Something had to be done" The Shelke family’s house in Khamaswadi village Osmanabad district: having paid a huge price already Sandip’s father Balbhim now faces uncertainty on the farm Image by Parth MN Determined to improve the family’s fortunes Sandip borrowed another Rs 1 lakh from a private moneylender and drilled a borewell which fortunately yielded water He bought sugarcane stalks on credit and stacked them under a lime tree in his farmland Then he waited for just a few decent showers so that he could buy fertilisers and pesticides to begin the sowing Meanwhile the debt was growing Apart from the bank loans the family’s total private loan (the recent one plus the earlier loan) had mushroomed to Rs 3 lakh “A failed crop here has the potential to permanently wreck us” says Sandip’s father Balbhim 52 “Maybe the pressure grew on him gradually” On June 8 Sandip was found hanging from the same lime tree under which he had stacked the gunny bags full of to-be-planted stalks and hope “At 8 in the morning a neighbour saw a body hanging from the tree” says Balbhim sitting in the shadow of the same tree “We went closer and realised it was Sandip I froze" In the first five months of this year 55 other farmers in Osmanabad had done the same according to data from the district collector’s office This amounts to one suicide every three days And the rate has remained steady even when the drought years are over with a good monsoon in 2016 One of the reasons why even a decent monsoon has failed to stop farm suicides and agrarian distress in Marathwada is the lack of options for farmers to raise credit for the sowing season Balbhim Shelke and other villagers at the tree from which Sandip hanged himself Image by Parth MN Who do they approach Banks disburse loans in a hugely skewed manner Data by the Reserve Bank of India shows the severe regional imbalance in banking: the eight districts of Marathwada have a population of 18 million double that of Pune district’s 9 million But the total advances given until March 2016 by commercial banks (nationalised and private) to Marathwada (Rs 45795 crore) is less than one-third the advances disbursed in Pune district (Rs 140 643 crore) This also reflects the reluctance of banks to give loans to regions they regard as economically unattractive and one reason why industries allied with agriculture don’t come up in those regions Devidas Tuljapurkar joint secretary of the All India Employees Bank Association says 90 percent of banking in Maharashtra is transacted in the three regions of Thane Mumbai and Pune “Resources in the developed region should be transferred to the underdeveloped region to bridge the gap” he says “Instead we are perpetuating the gap” Plus the banks have restructured farmers’ debts by clubbing together their crop loans and term loans The interest rate on a crop loan (for agricultural activities like buying seeds and fertilisers) is 7 percent; of this 4 percent is paid by the state A term loan (used for capital investments like tractors and machinery) could charge double the interest rate Through restructuring the banks merge the two loans and convert them into a new term loan This magnifies the farmers’ dues and classifies them as ineligible for new loans A retired officer with the Bank of Maharashtra in Aurangabad bank says he often advised farmers against restructuring “But not all bank officials do that” he says “Farmers are in fact told to go for it to avoid raids at their homes” In Anjanwati village Beed district Bhagwan Yedhe and his wife Sakharbai are also deep in debt: ‘Why would I want my sons to lead this life full of uncertainty’ he asks Image by Parth MN That leaves farmers with the option of approaching district cooperative banks where many traditionally have an account But the six banks in six districts of Marathwada are nearly defunct largely due to their inability to take on influential defaulters; the district cooperative banks in Latur and Aurangabad are not in great shape either That compels farmers like Sandip to approach private moneylenders who immediately disburse cash but at an exorbitant interest rate of 3-5 per cent per month – or 40-60 per cent per annum So even a supposedly manageable amount with interest added can eventually surpass the original amount many times over In Anjanwati village of Beed district Bhagwan Yedhe 65 and his wife Sakharbai are also preparing to visit a private moneylender “I already have a loan of 3 lakh rupees with Hyderabad bank and 15 lakh of private debt” Yedhe says “Some of the expenses were also for the education of my two sons They studied in Pune and are now looking for jobs” To prepare his five acres for the sowing season Yedhe spends around Rs 30000 on seeds fertilisers and pesticides for food crops Then there are labour and ploughing costs He hopes he is the last in his generation to do these calculations “Why would I want my sons to lead a life full of uncertainty” he asks “Raising credit is a pain The current system puts farmers at the mercy of others” Amid mounting protests on 24 June Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a loan waiver for farmers in the state for loans taken after 2009 The state has said those farmers can now approach their banks for a crop loan with a clean slate But that too is a task says Yedhe’s nephew Ashok 40 “We need an NOC (no objection certificate) from each and every financial institution in the vicinity stating we do not have a loan pending with them We are made to do several trips and the NOC is released only after paying bribes There are 6-7 such places from where I would require an NOC How can I pay a bribe at every place Plus if we do not start preparations on time the entire season will be wasted” This is why Balbhim will have to get on his feet even though his son has committed suicide just a few weeks ago He has sown sugarcane after the initial showers as Sandip had planned He now hopes for a good monsoon and waits with biting uncertainty – just as Sandip did This piece first appeared in People’s Archive of Rural India and is reproduced here by arrangement withPari Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 30 2013 3:08 am Related News The Supreme Court on Monday asked Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar to file an affidavitdetailing the sequence of events and the relevant date when the FIR was registered in the recent case of rape of a five-year-old girl in East Delhis Gandhi Nagar area Granting an opportunity to the Police Commissioner to put forth his defence in the mattera bench led by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir gave him a week to file the affidavit It also sought details of the investigation in the case We are not issuing rule or notice but only asking the Delhi Police to file a short affidavit? ? People were inconvenienced due to this because buses going to Ferozepur.

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