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Farmer leader Sharad Joshi passes away in Pune

Shetkari Sangathana's founder and veteran leader of farmers, Sharad Joshi died in Pune due to old age

 

Sharad Joshi, the founder of Shetkari Sangathana, which fought for the rights of farmers, on Saturday died of old age in Pune. He was 81. Joshi was also founder of Swatantra Bharat Paksh.
 
In 1979, Joshi floated Shetkari Sanghatana for fighting for farmers' cause and hogged limelight with an agitation of onion growers in 1980 to demand remunerative prices for the produce. He was also member of Rajya Sabha during 2004-2010. He was the only member of Parliament (MP) at that time who voted against the Bill seeking 33% reservations for women in the Parliament and state assemblies.
 
The farmers' leader also worked with the Indian Postal Services and United Nations before launching his organisation, Shetkari Sangathana. His movement took up the cause of onion farmers, cotton farmers and the cause of cane farmers across the state. Joshi was the first one to link production cost to the price of agricultural produce and agitate for better price.
 
He was the member of Advisory Board of the World Agricultural Forum (WAF), the foremost global agricultural platform that initiates dialogue between those who can impact agriculture.
 
Sharad Joshi led several of agitations on farmer issues like for remunerative prices of crops, against hike in electricity tariffs, for liquidation of rural debts and against state dumping in domestic markets.
 
He was a columnist for dailies like The Times of India, Business India, and Lokmat. Joshi also authored books on agricultural issues.
 

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'Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail link in seven years'

Japan has given a highly concessional loan with repayment period of 50 years and 15 year moratorium

 

Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Saturday said Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project will be completed in seven years.
 
Japan has given a highly concessional loan with repayment period of 50 years and 15 year moratorium. It has an interest rate of 0.1 percent. The project will be executed in a joint venture of the Indian and Japanese companies, Jaishankar said in a media briefing. 
 
The high speed rail will be built using Japan's Shinkansen technology.
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in India on Friday on a three-day sojourn.
 
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India, Japan ink MoU on peaceful use of n-energy
India on Saturday inked an MoU with Japan on civil nuclear energy and announced that the deal was not just about commerce and clean energy but also a sign of mutual confidence and partnership for a secure world.
 
The MoU was inked by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
 
"No friend will matter more in realising India's economic dreams than Japan. We have made enormous progress in economic cooperation as also in our regional partnership and security cooperation," said Modi after signing the deal.
 
Stating that there was deep value for the strategic partnership between Japan and India, Modi said: "Shinzo has been prompt and positive on our economic proposals many of which are now unique to India. Japanese private investments are also rising sharply."
 
The two countries also inked two deals on security operations to deepen defence relations and for defence manufacturing.
 
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