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Centre releases relief funds for drought-hit states
New Delhi : The central government on Monday approved the release of monetory assistance for seven drought-affected states, the home ministry said in a statement.
 
"A high-level committee led by Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved the assistance from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) of Rs.280.19 crore for Andhra Pradesh, Rs.332.57 crore for Assam, Rs.170.19 crore for Himachal Pradesh, and Rs.16.02 crore for Nagaland," the statement said.
 
The committee also approved an amount of Rs.336.94 crore for Jharkhand, Rs. 1,177.59 crore for Rajasthan and Rs.1,773.78 crore for Tamil Nadu after examining the proposals made by a central team that visited the states severely affected by drought. 
 
Rajnath Singh chaired the meeting that was also attended by Finance minister Arun Jaitley, home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and other senior officials from the ministries of home, finance and agriculture. 
 
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'Tea lady' inspires people to give up opium cultivation in Arunachal
Guwahati : The foray of a resident of a village in Arunachal Pradesh into tea plantation inspired scores of people in the area to follow her example with many of them giving up growing opium.
 
Affectionately called 'tea lady', Basamlu Krisikro, a resident of the remote Wakro village in Lohit district, started tea plantation nine years ago. Her reason was purely personal.
 
In 2009, her mother was detected with lung cancer and after a successful operation in Mumbai, doctors advised her a regular dose of organic green tea.
 
A post graduate from Delhi University, Krisikro, who is in her early 40s now, had to go to neighbouring Assam often to fetch organic green tea. It was then that she decided to grow it in her backyard.
 
Today, many families in Lohit district who were earlier cultivating poppy or opium have followed the path shown by her.
 
Conventional tea cultivation has been prevalent in some parts of Arunachal Pradesh for ages. But it was not popular in eastern districts of the state such as Lohit, Anjaw, Tirap and Changlang -- which share international borders with China.
 
Famous for its biodiversity, Arunachal Pradesh shares international borders with Myanmar, China and Bhutan. However, the eastern districts of the hilly state are notorious for opium cultivation, which is a cash crop and fetches huge profits to the farmers.
 
"The eastern districts, particularly my area (Wakro), has been known for orange plantation in the past," said Krisikro.
 
"However, the orange production declined significantly over the last several years for reasons not known, forcing the once orange orchard owners to take to opium cultivation in a big way.
 
"This opium gave them an alternative sustainable source of income and an addiction too," said Basamlu.
 
Krisikro and a medical practitioner, Nayil, took it upon themselves to convince people that tea plantation could be an alternative source of sustainable income.
 
"We also motivated the opium cultivators to replace their fields with small-scale tea plantations. And it did wonders. Within a year, at least a dozen of them turned into small tea growers," said Basamlu whose one hectare tea plantation in 2009 has been extended to five hectares now.
 
Only 12 grams of opium could fetch Rs.650 and one needs to invest only Rs.7,000 for opium cultivation in one hectare of land, which yields about six to seven kg of opium, said Basamlu.
 
In Wakro alone, there are 12,000 to 13,000 opium cultivators.
 
"It's really sad to see that the consumption of opium, especially among the youth, is eating away the vitals of our society," she said while expressing happiness that about 12 families in Wakro have totally given up opium cultivation for tea plantation.
 
She recently set up a tea processing unit so that the new tea planters in Wakro could supply their produces easily.
 
"Last year, I produced about 3,000 kg of orthodox and organic green tea and my buyers include people from India and abroad," she said.
 
She said that she had approached the Arunachal Pradesh government several times seeking its intervention to stop the opium cultivation, but to no avail.
 
"There has been no good response from the government. I tried but failed. Had there been intervention by the government to popularize the tea plantation and as an alternative to opium cultivation, the situation would not have been so bad," she said.
 
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Lawyers assault JNU students, journalists
New Delhi : A section of lawyers assaulted JNU students and journalists at the Patiala House court here on Monday just before JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested for sedition, was to be brought.
 
Scuffles broke out as the protesting lawyers shouting "Bharat Mata ki Jai" ordered the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students and journalists out of the courtroom, witnesses said.
 
An IANS journalist said he too was attacked by some lawyers while another section of lawyers protected him. He said he saw other journalists also being attacked.
 
Some JNU students said that lawyers shouting “Long Live India, Down with JNU” physically forced them out of the court premises.
 
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COMMENTS

Bapoo Malcolm

10 months ago

On this page, there was a story of bouncers controlling an AGM. Many moons ago. Had said that things would get worse and someone was critical of me.

Was I wrong?

My uncle passed away at 95 or so a few years ago. He was a freedom fighter. When the Quit India movement and the salt satyagraha were on, they were attacked by the mounted police. They took refuge in the Wilson College. The Principal did not allow the police into the college premises. The police obeyed.

That uncle was a Gandhian, died in khadi, as did all his family.

Another uncle was a militant. Made bombs at home. He was caught on the Chowpatty beach, making salt from sea water on a Primus stove. Beaten up, he was in coma for four days.

We are seeing a return to Goonda Raj, a la Raj. It is in Delhi, not Bihar.

shadi katyal

10 months ago

The climate of Intolerance has gone bad to worst and here is another example.
The fact is that RSS under Modi regime wants to control universities so it can teach its own fascist agenda.
During British rule even the police could not enter college unless invited by Principle but here Police is sent by Home Minister and charges of seditiaon are made .
The witnesses and many video show that it was outside who shouted anti Indian slogans but even if some student did ,where is the freedom of speech??? It is felt that climate of such intolerance is being created all over the nation that even goons are let loose to run the nation.
Ckimate is being created that RSS can ask Modi to decalre Emergency and take the rein of nation and spread fascist goal of RSS.This could be the first step

J Pinto

10 months ago

Indira declared Emergency first.

Modi attacks democracy even without such a declaration.

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