Maharashtra farmers’ loan waiver: Marathwada is yet to recover from the effects of irregular rainfall – (By Bhakti Tambe)

Even as farmers’ strike in Maharashtra succeeded in forcing the hand of the government into announcing an unprecedented debt relief, the rain gods have given them no respite. Heavy rainfall began lashing the Marathwada region only on 20 August. Till then, the lack of moisture in the soil had already singed seeds of those who[…]

Marooned by floods, Assam’s dead get watery grave as land disappear – (By Syeda Ambia Zahan)

“I had no option. When they died, I spent the whole night looking at their bodies and thinking where I could perform the last rites. Eventually, I put the bodies in jute bags and threw them into the water.” Helplessness writ large on his face, Chandra Kanta Rabha, 45, of Jonai in Assam’s Dhemaji district[…]

Loan waiver to Maharashtra farmers will help only a little, entire system needs overhaul – (By Bhakti Tambe)

While the Maharashtra government claims its Rs 34,000-crore farm loan waiver will rid 90 percent of the state’s farmers of their debt, the situation on the ground indicates otherwise. The loan waiver is hardly a silver bullet for our agriarian crisis. Agriculturists and experts say it is the entire mechanism of the farming sector that[…]

Maharashtra farmers’ loan waiver: Power cuts, slow servers hindering access to applications – (By Aarteeshymal Joshi)

Maharashtra government’s farm loan waiver looks good on the face of it, claiming to help 89 lakh farmers, but most of them are yet to be able to apply for it owing to niggling issues and the eligibility criteria. Farmers across Maharashtra had launched an indefinite strike on 1 June, withholding the supply of fruits[…]

Ram Rahim Singh sentencing in rape case today: Rohtak cops warn rioters of bullets as Dera followers hope for miracle – By (Sat Singh)

After Dera Sacha Sauda supporters ran riot on Friday killing 38 and injuring over two hundred people as their chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan was adjudged guilty of rape, Haryana Police seem to be prepared to prevent an encore. Singh’s punishment will be pronounced on Monday and the administration is wary of another backlash[…]

Panchkula violence: Haryana govt releases list of 24 victims killed after verdict on Gurmeet Ram Rahim case – (By Sat Singh)

A day before a special CBI court pronounces the quantum of punishment for Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Haryana government has released a list of 24 persons who were killed during the violence in Panchkula and Sirsa. The violence followed the delivery of verdict by CBI court against Singh, on 25 August,[…]

As A Journalist Covering The Ram Rahim Verdict, How I Saw Panchkula Burn Down – (By Manoj Kumar)

The hearing was scheduled for 2.30 pm, but we were already outside the court early in the morning. Supporters gathered outside were raising slogans and singing bhajans. They seemed to be in high spirits believing they had put enough pressure on the government and the court, and that this would reflect in Baba’s verdict. Even[…]

‘Ram Rahim better get favourable verdict’: Dera’s youth brigade vows to stand by ‘pitaji’ till hell freezes over – (By Sat Singh and Richa Sharma)

The youth brigade of Dera Sacha Sauda, the spiritual organisation, is out in force to protect the revered saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s “honour” at any cost. They do not want the special CBI court to pronounce that their ‘Pitaji’, as he is fondly referred to, is a rapist. They expect the court to give[…]

Ram Rahim rape verdict: Police teams prepare for war as thousands of supporters descend on Panchkula – (By Sat Singh and Manoj Kumar)

Anticipating trouble from the followers of Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) if their chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan is adjudged guilty of rape, the police have temporarily snapped internet services in Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh. The government had initially suspended mobile internet for three days on Thursday as a precautionary measure. The decision follows credible[…]

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh rape case verdict: Somebody will pay if he is indicted, say Dera supporters – (By Sat Singh and Richa Sharma)

Haryana and Punjab Police are on high alert as thousands of followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan have arrived there ahead of the impending verdict in a rape case against him. To keep an eye on the followers, the police are planning to use drones. They have also stocked pellet[…]