In discussion on agri budget oppn accuses govt of neglecting farm sector

first_imgNEW DELHI: In a tersely-worded take down of the government in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Congress MP Uttam Kumar Reddy pointed to the increasing number of farmer suicides and the ‘worsening’ agrarian situation in the country. Amid the growing opposition chorus asking the government to ensure adequate water, quality seeds and remunerative prices for farm produce, Reddy said the government’s flagship PM Fasal Bima Yojana had proven inadequate not only in providing cover to the total cropped area, but also in compensating farmers for their crop losses. Claims of farmers are not being attended to, he said, adding that insurance companies, instead of farmers, were profiting from PM Fasal Bima Yojana. Initiating a debate on Demand for Grants for Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Reddy alleged the government’s efforts in the agriculture sector were inadequate and claimed nearly 12,000 peasants commit suicide every year, but that the National Crime records Bureau had stopped releasing the data on farmer suicides since 2017. Citing an example of cotton, he also said farmers are getting one fourth of the cost. Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar will respond to once the discussion on demand for grants on agriculture and farmer welfare is completed tomorrow. Among other MPs who spoke, DMK’s SS Palanimanickam said the farm sector was lagging behind all other professions in the country. He also suggested that if the goverenment wants to double farmers income they need to give special importance to sectors like dairy, poultry and fishery. BJP’s Ramapati Ram Tripathi, however, argued that the main focus of the Union Budget was village people and farmers. He also asserted that the Budget would help double farmer incomes. While BJP’s Ram Shankar Katheria stressed that farmers were happy and better cared for than by the Congress government, TMC MP Pratima Mondal accused the government of making farmers suffering because of the lack of emphasis on the agriculture sector. JDU MP Kaushlendra Kumar requested the government to focus on Bihar and Assam, both reeling under severe flood situation. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for youlast_img read more

More bodies found in Tunisia migrant ship sinking feared to have killed

first_imgTUNIS (Reuters) – More bodies were found from a ship packed with migrants that sank off the Tunisian coast last week, bringing the official death toll to 72 in a disaster feared to have killed more than 80 people, the Tunisian Red Crescent said on Friday.The boat capsized after setting off for Europe from neighbouring Libya. Four survivors have been rescued, who told Tunisian coast guards the ship was carrying around 86 people.The coast of western Libya is one of the main departure points for African migrants hoping to reach Europe.The International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrants Project estimates 682 migrants have died in the Mediterranean so far in 2019. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 07 Jul 2019 Tunisia recovers 14 migrants’ bodies after dozens drowned off coast Related News Thousands of migrants have died in each of the past several years making the journey, although the numbers this year have so far been lower due in part to European-backed efforts to halt people smuggling from Libya. (Reporting by Tarek Amara; Editing by Peter Graff)center_img World 07 Jul 2019 Malta to relocate migrants on German rescue ship Related News World 09 Jul 2019 Determined to reach Europe, migrants defy Morocco’s crackdownlast_img read more

First Rafale jet to IAF will be delivered in September as per

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:49 IST All the 36 Rafale jets will be delivered to the Indian Air Force within the next two years, French Ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler said.The first Rafale fighter jet will be delivered to the Indian Air Force in September 2019 as per schedule, a top government official said on Saturday.Rafale fighter jets, manufactured by France-based Dassault Aviation, are twin-engine multi-role fighter aircraft. These are nuclear capable and can engage in both air-to-air and air-to-ground attacks.The first Rafale fighter jet will be delivered in September, Ajay Kumar, secretary to the department of defence production, said.French Ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler had, earlier this month, assured that the first Rafale fighter aircraft will be delivered within two months and will be “perfectly on time”.All the 36 Rafale jets will be delivered to the Indian Air Force within the next two years, he said.The Rafale deal has drawn flak from the Opposition which has alleged widespread corruption in the contract.Asked about the Rafale offset partner issue, Kumar said, “It will be done as per the rules.”He was speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of Bharat Chamber Defence Facilitation Centre in Kolkata.ALSO READ | First Rafale jet to be delivered in 2 months: French Ambassador ALSO WATCH | Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria shares his experience of flying a Rafale jetFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury First Rafale jet to IAF will be delivered in September as per schedule, says top govt officialRafale fighter jets, manufactured by France-based Dassault Aviation, are twin-engine multi-role fighter aircraft. These are nuclear capable and can engage in both air-to-air and air-to-ground attacks.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Europe on his mind 100yearold uncle gets passport renewed in Kolkata

first_imgEurope on his mind, 100-year-old uncle gets passport renewed in KolkataDiogo Piedade Fernandez, 100, renewed his passport to take a trip to Europe at least once.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 10:43 IST Diogo Fernandez was anxious after his passport expired in December last year. (Photo: Facebook/Aldona Matters)HIGHLIGHTSFernandez, 100, visited the Kolkata office on Friday for passport renewalOfficials say passport will reach Fernandez’s home in seven daysIt is Fernandez’s resilience and spirit that impressed us: officialAge ain’t nothing but a number’ perfectly fits the story of 100-year-old Diogo Piedade Jose Simplicio Fernandez of Goa who recently got his passport renewed to take a trip to Europe at least once.Bitten by the travel bug, Fernandez visited the Kolkata regional passport office on Friday for the first renewal, around three months after he celebrated a century of life on March 2, The Times Of India reported.Originally a resident of Goa, Fernandez who moved to Kolkata for work in his early 20s, was accompanied by his wife Mary (89) and daughter Beverly, the daily said.As the 100-year-old arrived at the scheduled appointment time, the otherwise mechanical’ office came to life with employees rushing to Fernandez with a wheelchair.On why Fernandez decided to renew his passport, Beverly said her father was anxious after the passport expired in December and had been insisting for a renewal.”But I was worried that he might not be able to wait in queue for an hour or so and wrote to the RPO chief. I am relieved with the ease with which things happened, Beverly was quoted as saying by ToI.RPO chief Bibhuti Bhushan Kumar told the daily the “grand old man’s resilience and spirit” was impressive. “It is great that he has kept his dream of travelling abroad alive at this age. I offered to help and make things easy the moment I came across the mail. I was really impressed,” Bhushan Kumar said.Kumar added that Fernandez told him that he had travelled abroad just once — to visit his son in Bahrain. And so when he expressed his wish to visit Europe at least once, Kumar explained to him that he could travel anywhere except Israel, the daily reported.Meanwhile, officials said the passport should reach Fernandez’s Macleod Street home by next week and added that the police verification will be done later.Before he left, Fernandez shared the secret of his happy, long life with the officials. A peg of good liquor after dinner and long walks,” he told them.READ | 5 off-beat career options to break the monotony of 9 to 5 jobsWATCH | How does social media influence travel trends?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda Tags :Follow Kolkata Nextlast_img read more

Mumbai 12yearold boy drowns in pit at Worli Sea Link

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 20:12 IST A 12-year-old boy drowned in a pit in Mumbai, Maharashtra | Photo from ANIHIGHLIGHTSThe pit was dug for Coastal Road Project at Coastal RoadThe boy was rushed to a nearby hospital after the incidentThe boy was declared dead by the hospitalA 12-year-old boy in Mumbai drowned in a pit on Saturday.The 12-year-old boy drowned in the pit dug for a Coastal Road Project at Coastal Road, Worli Sea Link.The boy was admitted to a nearby hospital by locals but he was declared brought dead.Earlier in the week, heavy rainfall in Mumbai led to the temporary suspension of activity at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.Large parts of the city and suburbs, besides Palghar, Thane and Raigad, were lashed with heavy rain since this week.As Mumbai started the week on a flooded note, a roof collapsed in Shivaji Nagar in Govandi. Eight people were injured in the incident.According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Mumbai will experience intermittent rain or showers with heavy falls at isolated places.Also Read | Mumbai’s Tulsi lake overflows due to heavy rainsAlso Read | Mumbai: Unable to locate 3-year-old Divyansh who fell into gutter, search teams call off operationsAlso Watch | Did this scooter fall into a rain-filled pothole’ in Mumbai?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow MumbaiFollow Worli Sea Link Next Mumbai: 12-year-old boy drowns in pit at Worli Sea LinkThe boy was admitted to a nearby hospital by locals but he was declared brought dead.advertisementlast_img read more

Clash between college students turns ugly one stabbed by SFI activists

first_img P S Gopikrishnan Unnithan ThiruvananthapuramJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 15:23 IST Image for representationA clash between two groups of students has taken an ugly turn after one student was stabbed. The incident took place at the famous University College in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.Third year BA student Akhil was allegedly stabbed by members of the SFI unit in the college. Akhil, who sustained injuries in the attack was taken to the general hospital. He was referred to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College after the first aid was provided to him. Doctors have said that the injury isn’t serious.According to other students present in the campus, the incident happened around 12 noon on Friday. Akhil skipped the class and was standing outside talking to his friends. A group of SFI unit members who noticed this confronted Akhil and asked him get inside the classroom.This lead to an altercation between Akhil and other SFI activists. Students alleged that he was brutally thrashed and later stabbed by the SFI activists.Following the incident, third year students held a demonstration outside the government secretariat against the SFI.The University College in Thiruvananthapuram is regarded as a fortress of CPI(M) students wing, SFI.Also read | Interpol issues global alert to trace German woman who went missing in Kerala 4 months agoAlso read | German national missing in Kerala since March, Interpol says may have links with terror outfitsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow ThiruvananthapuramFollow KeralaFollow SFI activistsFollow Thiruvananthapuram university college Clash between college students turns ugly, one stabbed by SFI activistsThird year BA student Akhil was allegedly stabbed by members of the SFI unit in the college. Akhil, who sustained injuries in the attack was taken to the general hospital.advertisement Nextlast_img read more