Drought relief a silver lining for farmers in 2016

Drought relief a silver lining for farmers in 2016, Tamil Nadu farmers,

The drought of 2016, billed in certain quarters as the worst that Tamil Nadu has faced in 140 years, appears to have provided a better deal in terms of relief, at least to some sections of farmers. This time around, farmers received a higher amount of compensation compared to 2012.

“Several times” is the crisp reply of a prominent farmer leader, who belongs to the Opposition and hails from the Cauvery delta, when asked about the difference in relief provided compared to five years ago.

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Tamil Nadu farmers detained outside PM’s residence

Tamil Nadu farmers detained outside PM’s residence

Scores of Tamil Nadu farmers, who had grabbed eyeballs with their unique protest earlier this year, on Sunday landed in the national capital to resume their agitation for loan waiver and drought-relief package.

However, around 70 cultivators were detained when they tried to stage a demonstration near the Prime Minister’s residence on Lok Kalyan Marg. They were later taken to Parliament Street police station.

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Farmers leave for New Delhi to attend national meet on May 21

Farmers leave for New Delhi

A 15-member team of farmers from Tamil Nadu on Thursday left for New Delhi to attend a national-level meeting that is scheduled to be held in national capital on May 21 to discuss the further course of protest.

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Opposition calls for strike in support of farmers

Opposition parties led by DMK have called for a one-day strike on April 25 to express solidarity with the protesting farmers and draw the attention of the central and state governments to the prevailing agrarian crisis.

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VCK, CPI to attend DMK’s all-party meeting on farmers

VCK and CPI have confirmed their participation in the all-party meeting to be organised by the principal opposition party DMK at its headquarters in Anna Arivalayam on April 16 to discuss farmers issue.

VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan told media persons that his party and the CPI would attend the meeting on behalf of People’s Welfare Front (PWF). The same VCK had earlier abstained from a similar all-party meeting called to discuss the farmers issue -Cauvery River row was the flash point of the state then- owing to alliance compulsions, mainly from the CPM.

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This Production House Takes A Novel Step To Support Farmers

With the entire state finally standing together to support Jallikattu and our farmers, the team of the production banner Thirukumaran Entertainment has come up with something innovative to lend their support for the farmers. 

The banner has decided not to use any foreign branded soft drinks both personally and in their upcoming projects. The company's Facebook status mentioned, "In support to our farmers from today we decide not to use Pepsi and coke products anymore in personal and in our future productions too."

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Farmers Get Additional 60 Days To Repay Crop Loans

In a relief to farmers hit by demonetisation, the Reserve Bank today gave an additional 60 days to repay their crop loans due in November-December and said that prompt repayment would be eligible for the extra 3 per cent interest subsidy.

The government has been implementing the Interest Subvention Scheme since 2006-07. As per the scheme for the year 2016-17 besides subvention of 2 per cent per annum, an additional interest subvention of 3 per cent is also provided to prompt payee farmers from the date of disbursement of the crop loan.

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In parched Sri Lanka, biggest shortage is of water policy - experts

In Mahasenpura in southern Sri Lanka’s Hambantota District, water sales are big business. Beset by a prolonged dry spell and day-time temperatures reaching above 36 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Farenheit), the village has seen all of its wells run dry.

Water arrives once every three days in the form of a free government tanker, but it’s not always enough to last. Buying a tanker of water privately costs 5,000 rupees ($34), more than most people can pay.


Cauvery dispute: Rail blockades protest continue for second day in Tamil Nadu

Mass rail blockades by opposition parties and farmers continued for the second day on Tuesday at various places across the state over the Cauvery issue, with police detaining Tamil Maanila Congress leader GK Vasan and about 300 farmers for staging protests.

Leading an agitation at the Egmore Railway station here, MDMK General Secretary Vaiko and VCK Chief Thol Thirumavalavan, along with several workers including those from the Left parties, blocked an express train.

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