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Farmer suicide rate: 5 a week

Sanjeev Kumar Patro  BHUBANESWAR: The bane of farmers’ suicides has taken Orissa in its vice-like grip with five ending their lives in every seven days. The trend has grown by over six per cent in 2008 as the State has climbed the ladder at a notoriously fast pace to rank 12th of the 28 states with most farmer deaths, the statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau has revealed. The growth is over 40 per cent for the males with 245 taking the extreme step against 170 in 2007. Farmer suicides constitute a significant 5.3 per cent of the total 4,904 suicide cases in Orissa. The year 2008 has […]

Farmer couple writes to president, demands mercy killing of four sons

Ani August 28th, 2009 NEW DELHI – The farmer couple Jeetnarayan and wife of Prabhawati living in Bashi village of Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh have written to the President of India seeking permission for mercy killing of their four sons aged between 10 and 16 years. The brothers are suffering from an affliction caused by muscular dystrophy, leaving them to lead a life in a vegetative state. The four children, Durgesh, 16, Sarvesh, 14, Brijesh, 11, and Suresh, 10, were afflicted with the disease when they turned five. Children cannot even stand on their feet, move their body below the neck, and have to rely on their parents’ for […]

‘Raigad votes against SEZ in referendum’

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2008/09/23/stories/2008092352471000.htm Mumbai, Sept. 22 A majority of people in the 22 villages in Raigad district have voted against the SEZ in the referendum process which was held on Sunday, claimed Mr N.D. Patil, senior leader of Peasants and Workers Party of India, who is spearheading the agitation. The State Government is likely to announce the result of the referendum in next 15 days. The promoters of Maha Mumbai SEZ, which includes promoters of Reliance Industries Ltd, want to set up 10,000 hectares SEZ in the district. SEZ is expected to attract an investment of nearly Rs 40,000 crore and generate 20 lakh jobs. Mr Patil said that although the Maharashtra […]

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