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Govt efforts to help farmers diversify must go beyond MSP. Cash and education are key

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Arhatiyas write out slips at Maur mandi in Bathinda, Punjab | Photo: Urjita Bhardwaj | ThePrint

Punjab arhatiyas to go on strike today over DBT scheme for farmers

Around 40,000 arhatiyas will observe a state-wide strike on the opening day of wheat procurement and also hold a meeting in Ludhiana to chalk next course of action.
Sacks of wheat in a godown | Representational image | Photo: ANI

Punjab govt agrees to implement direct bank transfer of MSP for farmers from 10 April

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has called a meeting with 'arthiyas' (commission agents) Friday to discuss about a new mechanism ahead of wheat procurement that will commence from 10 April.
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Why MSP is a fraud: Yogendra Yadav

For the last five decades, MSP has always been a piece of paper for most farmers. But now we have a Prime Minister who says, “MSP tha, hai, or rahega!”
File photo | An employee inspects a godown of Food Corporation of India (FCI) where rice bags are being stored during a nationwide lockdown, in Srinagar | PTI

Why cleaning up FCI’s books won’t resolve India’s agriculture crisis or food subsidy bill

The accounting clean-up will bring in transparency in the government's food subsidy budget, but FCI’s issues over cost and sale price will continue.
Representational image of workers unloading produce at a mandi | Photo: Urjita Bhardwaj | ThePrint

Punjab, Haryana fear arhatiyas after Modi govt nudges them to pay farmers directly online

Central govt has been trying to implement online payment system for farmers of Punjab & Haryana since 2012, as it will ensure transparency.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | PTI

Govt ushered ‘historic increase’ in MSP, doing all to double farmers’ incomes, says PM Modi

Marking the 2-year anniversary of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, Modi said over the government has taken many initiatives for transforming agriculture.
Cotton at the mandi in Sirsa district | By special arrangement

Why Haryana’s plan to move farmers away from paddy is floundering

Haryana launched Mera Pani Meri Virasat scheme, aimed at encouraging farmers to diversify beyond paddy, in May last year. It promises Rs 7,000 per acre of diversified crop.

Those wanting business over hunger will be driven out of the country, says Rakesh Tikait

The Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson's comments came soon after PM Modi's address in the Rajya Sabha in which he assured farmers that MSP will remain in the future.

MSP was there, is there & will remain in future, says PM Modi in appeal to farmers

The PM also hit out at those behind the protests, saying a new 'breed' of agitators who cannot live without an agitation, has emerged and the country should be beware of them.

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Apple plans satellite features for iPhone that allow emergency calls

Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017. However, the feature is unlikely to be ready before next year. an Francisco: Apple Inc.’s push to bring satellite capabilities to the iPhone will be focused on emergency situations, allowing users to send texts to first responders and report crashes in areas without cellular coverage. The company is developing at least two related emergency features that will rely on satellite networks, aiming to release them in future iPhones, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017, Bloomberg has reported. Speculation that the next iPhone will have satellite capabilities ramped up this week after TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the phone will probably work with spectrum owned by Globalstar Inc. That’s led to conjecture that the iPhone will become something akin to a satellite phone,...
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RBI to penalise banks if ATMs run out of cash from 1 October

The scheme has been formulated over concerns of inconvenience caused to the public and to ensure that sufficient cash is available through ATMs, RBI said in a circular.

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‘Will pull India into a vortex’ — why Delhi is unlikely to heed ‘Afghan demand for air support’

While no active military aid is being discussed, ‘benign support’ like maintenance of equipment, training and spare parts has been under discussion between India and Afghanistan.

Caste, ethnicity, religion – United colours of Indian hockey prove the game thrives in inclusivity

It's impossible to field an Indian hockey team that doesn’t reflect the diversity, the united colours, better than any other. Shows that a sport, or a nation, will prosper with growing inclusivity.
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