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"In Mashoori (Khan’s native) there is goonda raj. But Muslims are also the victim of the same crime, director Shankar has clarified that the news was not true.” he said while responding to a fan’s question over the alleged multiple roles of Rajinikanth and Akshay in the film. The court, identified as Vijaykumar Veerpaksha Swami, On being asked why Modi has not yet visited certain riot his areas of Gujarat if he was truly inclusive in his approach, and that is enough for me." said political science professor Hassan Nafaa. "We really want to see what the next government is going to look like.

" he said. Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah accused BJP of misleading the people. three people were killed as youth clashed with the forces. “Due to the incidents of stone pelting we are not able to carry the truckloads of material to the industrial estates.” said Gnanavel at the audio release function. Let them do it. It’s been almost after 15 years, Ganguly also shared a pic of the statue with a witty caption that said “Looks like me” on his Twitter handle. who is a member of NDMC,announced that an open auction of Taj Mansingh Hotel would be done The Supreme Court earlier in November 2016 had ordered that the status quo with regard to the Taj Mansingh Hotel be maintained and issued a notice to the NDMC to reply to the plea against the auction of hotel The Ministry of Home Affairs had supportedthe NDMC’s decision to auction Taj Mansingh Hotel and also to terminate Hotel Le Méridien’s licence and observed that the private “companies cannot exploit good relations with government” The Centre had in 2015 set up a three-member fact-finding committee headed by then joint secretary (MHA) KK Pathak The panel recommended a CBI probe against Le Méridien that was approved by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh The findings of the committee also led to differences of opinion between former home secretary LC Goyal and the then additional secretary (MHA) Anant Kumar Singh Both were transferred out of the Home Ministry Former NDMC chairman and UT cadre IAS officer Jalaj Srivastava was at the centre of the CBI probe For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Ashok Gulati | Published: April 13 2015 12:00 am The current set of insurance policies under the NAIS Modified NAIS and the WBIS have failed miserably to protect our farmers Related News Unseasonal rains are breaking the back of Indian farmers The prime minister has taken the first step by deciding to raise the existing norms of compensation by a hefty 50 per cent — from the existing Rs 9000 per hectare for irrigated crop Rs 4500 per ha for unirrigated crop and Rs 12000 per ha for perennial crop Further the compensation will be given to all those who have suffered even one-third loss relaxing the existing criterion of minimum damage of at least 50 per cent Also procurement quality norms for wheat have also been relaxed All these steps are in the right direction and the Narendra Modi government needs to be commended for that But the central question remains: Is this enough to bring back smiles on the faces of Indian farmers And the short answer is “Not really” To understand better as to why Indian farmers will not be happy with this otherwise positive decision of the government consider the following facts In this rabi season the biggest crop that has suffered is wheat The yield of wheat on irrigated tracts is between four to five tonnes per ha Even if one takes four tonnes as the wheat yield on irrigated area at a minimum support price of Rs 14500 per tonne the gross value turns out to be Rs 58000 per ha His out-of-pocket expenses generally are half of this gross revenue One can now see that even a 50 per cent increase in the existing compensation norms of Rs 9000 per ha will not recover the out-of-pocket expenses he has incurred on various inputs How he is going to survive for the next four to six months is beyond imagination No wonder under extreme desperation many of them take unfortunate and extreme steps Obviously compassion and slogans of “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” are not enough We need better insurance policies that are rational and sustainable as business models The current set of insurance policies under the National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (NAIS) Modified NAIS and the Weather-Based Insurance Scheme (WBIS) have failed miserably to protect our farmers The compulsory deduction of premiums from loans to farmers who take institutional credit basically protects the banks from potential bad debts but not the farmers The Modified NAIS and WBIS have very high premium rates hovering around 10 per cent of the sums insured based on three years’ average data collected for the kharif and rabi seasons No wonder as per the NSSO’s situation assessment survey of farmers for 2012-13 less than 5 per cent of farmers (presumably beyond loanee farmers’ accounts) opted for crop insurance With 95 per cent farmers exposed to the risks of nature insurance policies have a long way to go Why are crop insurance premiums so high in India One key reason is the small scale of coverage less than 15 million hectares (mha) in any typical crop season In a country where the net sown area is around 140 mha and the gross cropped area hovers between 190-200 mha insuring only 15 mha or so is peanuts We need a major overhaul of our crop insurance system and this is a good time to do so converting a crisis into an opportunity to set a more robust and sustainable system in place Before I suggest one it will be good to take a quick look at how the world is insuring its crops and farmers from the vagaries of nature Maybe we can learn something from international best practices The US and China are the world’s biggest crop insurers In the US the state supports almost 70 per cent of premiums paid by farmers In China the state used to support 50-65 per cent of premiums which was raised to almost 80 per cent in 2013 So the first lesson for Indian policymakers is that the state will have to pitch in heavily Assuming that we need to have a minimum coverage of 100 mha insurance experts tell us that premiums will fall to less than 5 per cent of sums insured and may stabilise around 25 to 3 per cent Even assuming that premiums will fall from 10 to 5 per cent as the scale of insured area increases from say 15 mha to 100 mha and if the sum insured is say Rs 30000 per ha (Rs 40000 per ha for irrigated crop and Rs 20000 per ha for unirrigated crop with equal weights) the premium required will be Rs 15000 crore for 100 mha covered (or Rs 1500 per ha) If the state is ready to bear say two-thirds of this one-third can be charged to the farmer On a per hectare basis the farmer’s share will be only Rs 500 per ha as premium for an insurance cover of Rs 30000 per ha — and this is very much a workable business model If state governments are also taken on board under “cooperative federalism” the Centre’s share can be reduced to 50 per cent (Rs 750 per ha); while the state government’s share can be 25 per cent (Rs 375 per ha) and the farmer’s 25 per cent (Rs 375 per ha) From where will the state get resources of Rs 10000 crore to insure 100 mha Then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee when he was to construct national highways and introduce the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana put a 2 per cent cess on fuel A similar idea can be used for comprehensive insurance by putting a 2 per cent cess on farm input industry (tractors and farm implements fertilisers pesticides and even agri-credit) and a 3 to 5 per cent duty on exports of water-guzzling crops and produce such as rice sugar buffalo meat etc Private-sector insurance agencies can be invited to bid for the share of insurance at the lowest premium and fastest settlement of claims at the block level without any plot-to-plot assessment Farmers’ accounts can be linked to pixel-based mapping of their fields and satellites can be used with agronomic experts to gauge the extent of damages If the Modi government can do this it will be the best Baisakhi gift to Indian farmers on April 13 It can bring back smiles on their faces and insure them for all the years to come The writer is Infosys chair professor for agriculture at Icrier For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News the apex court also asserted that if the Tata Group loses the e-auction then it will have to vacate the premises within a period of six months.

(Source: AP) Related News Roger Federer already has dropped two more sets at the US Open than he did during his entire two weeks en route to the title at Wimbledon.Worried about a recent back problem Federer was a step or two off with his footwork at the outset His backhand in particular was problematic He had to overcome an early deficit and a late lapse Tuesday night to edge 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe 4-6 6-2 6-1 1-6 6-4 in a compelling first-round contest under the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof “I had a bit of a slow start today but Frances also felt good from the beginning I was maybe a bit worried at the beginning with my back issue from a couple of weeks ago” Federer acknowledged “but was eventually able to let go” The No 3-seeded Federer whose most recent of five championships at Flushing Meadows came in 2008 got broken in the first game and dropped the opening set of the topsy-turvy match He then appeared to take control by grabbing eight of nine games to seize the second and third sets But he let that lead slip away There was more trouble when Federer served for the match leading 5-3 in the fifth and got broken “He won by the skin of his teeth” Tiafoe said Federer’s initial match point came at 5-3 40-30 in that game but Tiafoe staved that off then broke He produced a cross-court forehand winner at an unbelievable angle to earn the chance before converting it with a terrific forehand passing winner down the line Tiafoe roared and pumped a fist and sprinted to the sideline for the changeover When he had to come back out and serve Tiafoe was a bit flat Federer wasted his second match point with a netted backhand On the third _ with Federer’s wife Mirka covering her eyes in the stands _ Tiafoe hit a stumbling forehand into the net “In the fifth it’s a coin toss It went my way tonight” Federer said “To get through a five-setter you have to be OK somehow So I believe this is going to give me great confidence in the body and also in my game” It was Federer’s 79th career victory at the US Open equaling Andre Agassi for second-most Only Jimmy Connors has more with 98 Federer played with the roof shut at Ashe for the first time He missed last year’s tournament when the retractable cover made its debut because he took off the second half of 2016 to let his surgically repaired left knee and a bad back fully heal In 2017 he is 36-3 with five titles including the Australian Open and Wimbledon where Federer won every set he played across seven matches while collecting his record eighth trophy at the All England Club and 19th Grand Slam championship overall For more than a half-hour Tuesday it appeared as if Federer was still dealing with the after-effects of having tweaked his back during a loss in the hard-court final at Montreal this month He sat out the following week’s tournament at Cincinnati Of the first 20 points won by Tiafoe only two came via his own winners a pair of aces The rest were a result of Federer’s miscues _ 12 unforced six forced _ and Tiafoe gladly accepted the first set Tiafoe who is from Maryland and now is based in Florida is ranked 70th and has never been past the second round at a major tournament This was his second match against Federer Tiafoe pushed Federer to a first-set tiebreaker when they faced each other in March at the Miami Masters before losing in two sets “Eventually” Tiafoe said “I’ll win more than I lose these” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: February 16 2017 5:08 am Jats protest in Jassia village of Rohtak Wednesday Top News FOUR DAYS ahead of the Balidan Diwas to be observed by Jat agitators in Haryana on February 19 All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) president Yashpal Malik on Wednesday said there would be no talks with the government if it imposed conditions for the same “The entire Jat community is annoyed with the statement of chief minister… There can’t be any dialogue with conditions We will talk only if the government comes with an open mind” said Malik on Wednesday Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had on Tuesday indicated that “serious cases of murder or attempt to murder cannot be withdrawn” However Malik said police had not lodged cases against the real culprits “These are fake cases which should be withdrawn They (BJP government) are targeting members of a specific community” he alleged “We will hold a meeting in Jassia village of Rohtak district on Friday to chalk out our next strategy” said Malik Watch What Else Is Making News The agitators have already announced that Balidan Diwas would be observed at dharna venues on February 19 to condole the deaths of those killed during the February 2016 Jat quota violence It has emerged as a new challenge for security forces with Jat agitators planning to participate in thousands at each dharna site in the 19 districts Meanwhile the government has directed deputy commissioners of all districts to maintain law and order Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas has asked the DCs to constitute coordination committees after speaking with the agitating Jat leaders to ensure that traffic is not restricted in any part of the state roads in villages and cities remain open and patients and candidates appearing in various exams do not face any inconvenience Interacting with divisional commissioners DCs superintendents of police and commissioners of police of the state through video-conferencing on Wednesday Ram Niwas told them to maintain law and order in view of the dharnas by Jat leaders He also directed the officers to ensure that people participating in dharnas did not carry weapons and no DJ was played so that commuters do not face any inconvenience He even asked them to deal with any untoward incident through discussion Ram Niwas said a meeting of the five-member committee was held recently with AIJASS and another one would soon be held to discuss various issues “The government is considering all issues with a positive frame of mind” he informed “Following a request made to the court for speedy disposal of the matter of reservation which was lying pending day-to-day hearing of the matter had been started and the matter is expected to be resolved soon” claimed Niwas “Details regarding those injured during the agitation have been received from almost all district officers for providing compensation Information would soon be received from the remaining districts and appropriate decision would be taken” he added For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top News While the Mumbai Police in 2012 revitalised Elderline — helpline 1090 dedicated to senior citizens — and also asked elderly people to register with local police stations,” he said. breaking a wall clock, Even then they inserted chapati in my mouth which caused my fast to break on the eve of Ramzan. they are much more indulgent. After all, and a manipulative Congress chief minister, except from short story writer Paul Zacharia, We should.

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