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Rahul accuses BJP of double standards on corruption
SATNA: Taking pot shots at BJP Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said that like India shining of 2004, this time around too the people will puncture BJP's new and heavier balloon of Gujarat model of development. "The poor people of India had punctured the India shining balloon of NDA twice, in 2004 and 2009 respectively. This time around they have a new and heavier one dubbed as Gujarat model and people of India will deflate it as well," Rahul told a rally in Satna. "Country is going to have Congress government, which works for the poor," he said. Hitting out at Modi, Rahul said that no individual alone can transform the country and development need collective efforts, he added. "One man cannot run a country." Accusing the BJP's of double standards on corruption, he said that the saffron party was talking from the roof top against it but has turned a blind eye to the graft in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh. He reminded the BJP that former Karnataka chief minister Yeddyurappa has been jailed on corruption charge and was now back in the saffron party. He said that no one can cover up corruption after the enforcement of Right to Information (RTI) Act. Lauding RTI and Food Security and other schemes of UPA government, he said, "Our programmes of Food Security and Land Acquisition Bill have proved very useful for the people. RTI Act ensured transparency in government administration and gave people a right to gather any information about government. It acts as the most powerful tool to fight corruption." Rahul Gandhi said some time back he met some tribal women who told him that the forest was their life but the state government was snatching away forests from them. "Today I came from Maharashtra, which is also home to tribals. There they have implemented the tribal bill, but here it has not been implemented. We send thousands of crores of rupees to Madhya Pradesh, money doesn't reach here, it vanishes", he alleged.

BJP genuinely devoted to well-being of tribals: Modi
MANDLA eaching out to the tribesmen, Narendra Modi recently said that his party was genuinely devoted to their well-being and uplift and recalled that former premier Atal Behari Vajpayee had set up a separate tribal welfare ministry for them. He said Vajpayee-led NDA government had done huge works for tribal welfare. "The welfare of tribals, education, employment and health security for them will be the priority of the BJP. India can progress only when all its parts progress together," Modi told a gathering while kickstarting his campaigning in Madhya Pradesh for the ensuing elections. He said that the Congress was skirting off inflation issue. He said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who had come there, had not talked to the tribals on price rise. Rahul had come to the district and interacted with tribal women involved in tendu (used to wrap up bidis) leaves plucking recently. He said that Congress treats tribals as mere vote bank and doesn't believe in their welfare. In a bid to strike an emotional chord with tribesmen, he said that the tribal of Mandla and people of Gujarat drink the water of Narmada that flows to that state through there. He said that the Gond Queen Rani Durgawati of Mandla fought bravely against injustice. Rani Durgawati had

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attained martyrdom fighting the Mughals close to Jabalpur district. Accusing the UPA government of indulging in massive corruption, Modi said that Congress had left nothing in the country and looted the people. "They (the Congress) must be held answerable for the corruption," he averred. He said that the prices of commodities were on the rise and accused the Congress of letting down people on it. The UPA government came to power in 2009 after it promised to reduce the price rise within 100 days; he said and asked people whether the prices had actually come down. In a scathing attack on the UPA government, Modi accused it of hitting the morale of farmers

and soldiers and promoting liquor lobbies. Modi said the Central Government failed to learn a lesson from the farmers' plight. Instead of patronising them, the government insulted them. He said the country's godowns were stuffed with food grains produced by the farmers but food grain was rotting. The Supreme Court suggested distribution of the same among the poor but the UPA government dumped the court's request in a dustbin. The food grain was allowed to rot and later it was sold to the liquor lobbies at throwaway prices to increase the liquor production. He said the Congress wanted to use the liquor to intoxicate people so

that it continued to remain in power at the Centre. He said such a government which was so apathetic towards the country's security on the borders was formed in the country for the first time. Pakistan's radio could be heard and TV could be watched in Kutch in Gujarat. Anti-India propaganda provoked people's sentiments. None of other countries in the world allowed anti-nation propaganda inside their borders. "I am tired of urging the Central Government to allow accessibility of Indian TV and radio in Kutch but the government continues to turn a deaf ear to the request," he said. He said the farmers in the country were prosperous and the common man satisfied till the year 2004. But the situation in 2014 was that the common man got stuck in a whirlpool of inflation and corruption. They had to strive hard to make their both ends meet. Making an appeal to people to dislodge the UPA government and give the reins of power in the hands of the BJP, he said he would prefer to sacrifice his life to betraying people's trust in him. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also attacked the Centre alleging that it continued to create hurdles in the path of the state's development. He said the Congress always made false promises to grab power. After the Independence, the Congress coined a new slogan every time to remain in power.

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Bus owners yet to get payments for their vehicles acquired during assembly polls
Raipur While the authorities acquire buses and other vehicles for Lok sabha polls in Chhattisgarh, a group of small-scale bus owners have complained to the Collector and the transport department that payments for hiring their vehicles during the Vidhan Sabha election held in November last were still pending. Chhattisgarh Transport Union general secretary Haji Sharif Raza said the administration had promptly paid the bills of big bus owners but almost 10 percent of the bus owners in the State are yet to get their dues and are forced to again give their buses for election duty. While as many as 10 percent of the bus owners in the State have not received their dues from the Government, the others allege that they had not been paid the full amount as promised by the authorities. They allege that they are facing problems receiving their dues. Meanwhile, more than 800 buses have been taken off the roads in the State so far and the existing buses are running jam-packed causing much inconvenience to the passengers. Against the backdrop of mild resistance from the transporters, the State Government started acquiring buses on March 14 to be used for election duty. "In a 40-seater bus we are carrying more than 60 passengers and it will get worse on weekends", Mushtaq Ansari, a bus conductor on Raipur-Durg route, said. A large number of people commute from Bhilai, Durg, Rajnandgaon, Mahasamund, Dhamtari, Bemetara and other areas to the State capital on a daily basis. "Even big buses are overcrowded with passengers and it is becoming extremely difficult for women when they do not get seats", said a daily commuter, Rinkal Dawra, from Bhilai. The bus owners had complained that acquisition of buses would lead to loss of business as thousands of buses will be required during the elections. Acquisition of buses and other vehicles by the State Government for election duty has picked up speed as the Lok Sabha poll is less than a month away. On instructions from the Election Commission, thousands of buses, trucks and jeeps will be acquired from private operators in the State in the coming days. Deputy Commissioner (Transport) D Ravishankar Hab said, "The preparations for election are not possible if we do not have adequate means of transport. More buses will be acquired in the coming days."

Chhattisgarh's state bird back from brink of extinction
Raipur There is some good news for bird enthusiasts. Chhattisgarh's state bird, Bastar Hill Mynah, was on the verge of extinction -- now, its flock is increasing. A group of 150 whistling birds were spotted at Netanar, on fringes of Kanger Valley National Park, about 27km from Jagdalpur in Bastar, claim wildlife enthusiasts. Chhattisgarh Wildlife Society president AMK Bharos said, "Earlier, frequent sightings of Hill Mynah couldn't be done as they were on the brink of extinction. Now, there is a possibility of increase in their numbers." He said like other winged creatures, Mynahs also move from one place to another in search of food. With climatic changes, they migrate to parts of neighbouring Odisha. "One can't capture them or restrain them at a place for conservation. State Wildlife Society has written to the forest department to locate trees on which these birds feed like those of ficus trees. Earmarking these trees would certainly help in Mynah's conservation." Bharos stated that although, their counting is a major problem as they reside in Maoist-infested areas, plantation of their feeding trees could help increase their sighting. Since time for nesting is April-May and June, efforts are required to protect and prevent poaching of newborns, which would eventually escalate their numbers, he said. Fondly called the mimic bird, which talks, screeches, wails and whistles like a human, Hill Myna was declared endangered species soon after it was labelled state bird in 2002. Main reason for Mynah's extinction is that they are a favourite pet of a majority of people. While they are sold at Jagdalpur weekly markets for as little as Rs 100-200 per couple, Mynahs cost up to Rs 2 lakh overseas. According to forest officials, it is an offence to cage this bird. The Bastar Myna is a colourful bird, glossy pitch black with yellow legs, orange and yellow beak, bright yellow wattles on the head and a dash of white on the side wings. It is seen in pairs or noisy flocks in preferred locations in forests and villages.

Chhattisgarh govt calls for regular inspection of girls' hostels

RAIPUR Chhattisgarh government has directed for regular inspection of all residential schools and hostels for girls, in the view of cases of sexual exploitation of minor inmates coming to light from such places. In a circular to district collectors, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand has said it is regrettable that even after constituting committees at district and development block level to conduct regular inspection of these institutions and monitor their working, incidents of molestation and assault were reported, an official

here said. It's clear that monitoring work of these institutions was not being done seriously, leading to repetition of such instances, he said.The district collectors have been directed to take seriously the safety of girls' residential schools, hostels and residential places for working women, he said. Dhand has ordered collectors to dispatch a report of monitoring and inspection of these institutions every month to the women and child development department, which has been made the nodal department in this connection.

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Documents revealing unannounced Rs 2-crore seized from tainted I-T officer's house
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Photo bearing voter slips to be distributed 5 days before polling
C-Dac monitoring social media, 25000 web pages scanned so far
C-Dac has set up a 24X7 social media monitoring cell in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Bhopal. The cell is being run by Applied AI Group of Pune. So far, the cell has scanned 35 Hindi and 30 English web portals, 5 web pages of political leaders and parties and social media (twitter) pages of 27 political parties and other public representatives. The cell has scanned 25 thousand 661 web pages so far. The social media monitoring cell has evolved a strategy that necessary action can be taken after registering a case against concerning person in case of violation of model code of conduct. The cell converts high-level information, classification, analysis and information based on necessary electoral processes into special input. During scanning of web portals, the cell has found 6 news regarding model code of conduct and 51 general news in English and 26 news regarding model code and 25 general news in Hindi. Number of tweets made by political parties is 75.

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bank accounts from the residence Deputy Income Tax, Poonam Rai and her husband Ganesh Malaviya here after they were arrested for taking Rs 10 lakh bribe. According to CBI sources, the seizures were made yesterday. During interrogation, Malaviya, a BJP leader told officials that the cheques were meant for his father and were related to a property deal. The two were remanded by a court to CBI custody till April one on Saturday after their arrest in the early hours. Sources said that the probe agency was looking forward to extending the couple's remand for further investigation. The IRS officer of 2007 batch had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 25 lakh from the owner of Ramayan Constructions to correct discrepancies in the company's I-T returns. On a complaint from the builder, CBI laid a trap and caught a person who works with Malaviya and had taken Rs 10 lakh from the developer as part of the bribe money, area. from a Chartered Accountant's office in M P Nagar

BHOPAL Election Commission has directed regarding distribution of photo bearing voter slips during Lok Sabha elections. Booth level officers (BLOs) have been asked to complete distribution of voter slips 5 days before polling. The commission has said that voter slips should be printed on good quality paper so that photographs are clearly visible. If voter slips are distributed in bulk or in an unauthorised manner then it will be considered violation of Representation of People Act and Indian Penal Code which will entail both sentence and fine for the guilty. In a letter, the commission has asked office of the Chief Electoral Officer that only one set of photo bearing voter slips should be prepared for one Vidhan Sabha constituency. The set should be verified by RO. BLOs will be given pre-printed

copies of electoral register along with photo bearing voter slips. BLOs have been asked to write reasons for absence on voter slip if a voter is not found on the given address. A seal should also be put on it. Such voter (ASD voters) should be given instructions to carry other identification documents along with EPIC card to polling booth on the polling day. It has also been directed that returning officers should chalk out a schedule for distribution of photo bearing slips, which should also be made available to representatives of political parties, specially booth level agents so that they can accompany BLOs at the time of distribution of voter slips. Signatures of BLAs should also be taken as witness. The commission has also directed not to distribute photo bearing voter slips in bulk and make their photo copies.

Many bidwigs in fray from MP in LS polls
BHOPAL A number of stalwarts including Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Union Ministers Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia are in the fray from Madhya Pradesh for the upcoming Parliamentary polls. Sushma, who hails from Haryana, is contesting the polls from Vidisha constituency from where she had won for the first time in the 2009 polls. She had an easy run last time as the nomination papers of Congress nominee Rajkumar Patel had been rejected on technical grounds. Her opponent from Congress this time is party General Secretary Digvijay Singh's younger brother Laxman Singh who is contesting from the seat for the first time. Another biggie in the race is Union Minister Kamal Nath who is contesting once again from Chhindwara from where he had won for the first time in 1980. Kamal Nath has won all Lok Sabha elections from Chhindwara district since 1989 and this makes him the longest-serving MP from the state. The only time he lost was in 1997 bye-election after he asked his wife Alka Nath to resign from the seat which she had won in 1996. Another Union Minister in the poll ring from Madhya Pradesh is Jyotiraditya Scindia who will once again contest from Guna parliamentary constituency. He was elected from Guna for the first time in 2002 in a bye-election following the death of his father Madhavrao Scindia in an air crash. This will be the fourth time that Scindia is in the race from Guna. His BJP opponent this time is Jaibhan Singh Pawaiyya, who gave a tough fight to his father in Gwalior during the 1996 polls. Another prominent leader in the poll race is Congress leader Arjun Singh's second son Ajay who is contesting the LS poll for the first time from Satna constituency. He is pitted here against two-time BJP MP Ganesh Singh and Charmendra Tiwari of the BSP. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's nephew Anup Mishra, who lost the assembly elections from Bhitarwar constituency in Gwalior district last November, is the BJP nominee from the Morena district. State BJP President Narendra Singh Tomar, who had won from Morena in 2009, has changed his constituency and he is now contesting from Gwalior.

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Rice millers in Chhattisgarh threaten to go on strike
strike, Agrawal said, adding that the rate had not been hiked for the past eight years. He said millers are also upset over government's decision to extend duration for mandatory custom milling from 2 months to 6 months. Agrawal said the milling rate was cut down for the paddy crop season 2008-09. In 2001, the custom milling rate was Rs 40 for a quintal and it was cut down to Rs 35 in 2008-09, the millers said. He said that as per government policy, two months custom milling was mandatory in November last, which barred the sale of rice made through private custom milling units during this period. However, the government modified the policy last week back and has extended the mandatory period to six months, which would hit the rice millers financially, he said. The Association has warned if the government does not revert to its old policy, rice millers would be forced to go on an indefinite strike. According to the Association, in last fiscal 5 lakh tons of paddy was damaged due to improper storage facilities and government was pressurizing them now to use the same for custom milling. "They expect us to provide superior quality of rice from damaged paddy", he said adding that wasn't possible. He also alleged that the FCI had not paid over Rs six crore of transportation charges for 2012-13 and state government was not doing anything about it, he said. However, officials in food and civil supplies department said that we have sent the paddy for test milling and only if the product meets the criteria, custom milling would be undertaken. On the other hand, Principal Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies, Vikas Sheel, said the government would not succumb to any pressure tactics. "It will be their loss, not our", he said adding that rice millers in the state were being paid Rs 35 per quintal, including Rs 10 received from the Centre, as compared to only Rs 10 in other states. The strike would not impact any of the government's social welfare schemes. "We have enough stocks to fulfil our commitment of Rs 1 per kg of rice for the next six months", he said.

RAIPUR Rice millers in Chhattisgarh are planning to resort to strike if the state government failed to revise the custom milling rates of parboiled and raw rice. Millers are demanding government to increase custom milling charges from Rs 35 to Rs 75 per quintal. The millers have taken an unanimous decision at a

meeting recently to go on strike from April 1 if the state government failed to take decision on revising the custom milling rates, Chhattisgarh rice millers association President Yogesh Agrawal said. The association has sent a letter to the chief minister informing about their demands and the ultimatum to resort to

Huge jump in liquor consumption in Chhattisgarh
Raipur A huge jump in alcohol consumption is fuelling a popular speculation that beneficiaries of Public Distribution System (PDS) in Chhattisgarh are selling the subsidized food grain to buy alcohol. The State's liquor revenue has jumped by a whopping 90% in last two years and the politicians have started blaming subsidized food policy for the rise in consumption of alcohol. Chief Minister Raman Singh has also not denied that alcohol consumption is on the rise. In 201314, Chhattisgarh has earned Rs. 1,900 crore from liquor sales, nearly Rs. 500 crore more than the revenue earned in the previous year. The State earned Rs. 1,000 crore in 2011-12. Effectively in last two financial years, the Excise Department has earned nearly Rs. 900 crore, almost doubling the State's earning from liquor sales. In the same period revenue of the States like Orissa or Madhya Pradesh, has grown at half the pace or even less. Interestingly, Chhattisgarh's population is half or one-third of the neighbouring States. In fact, the earning from liquor sales is almost entirely going to subsidize the food programme. While the State earns Rs. 1,900 crore as Excise duty, it is going to spend Rs. 2,200 crore to implement the Food Security Act. While it may not be exactly the liquor money getting spent as food subsidy, the tax and the subsidy are matching each other. BJP's tribal leaders are quite displeased with the State government's policy of distributing free food. They feel the policy will make tribal people dysfunctional. Some of them are a staunch opponent of government's food policy. Critics feel this policy of subsidized food grain distribution, which even Union government is following now, is actually making people dysfunctional. They will not be able to work at all and will use the food grain to buy alcohol, which exactly what they are doing. The government also acknowledge that drinking is more than a serious problem in Chhattisgarh, so periodically antiliquor campaigns are organized by various departments. In a more direct action, the government has shut down 354 shops in rural areas in last three years, which substantially reduced Excise duty.

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Need for research to boost concept of Vashudhaiv Kutumbakam
Gwalior There is a need for research, which can help new generation grasp the essence of Vashudhaiv Kutumbakam concept of mutual cooperation. This was stated by Governor Ram Naresh Yadav at Jiwaji University's golden jubilee convocation in Gwalior recently. Expressing concern over declining moral values among youths and students, he said that students need to be taught Indian culture, civilization, moral values and good conduct. Chancellor and Governor Yadav expressed happiness over the fact there were over 40 percent girl students among degree holders at the convocation. He stressed the need for quality in education. For this, directives will be given to vicechancellors of all universities in the state to fill up vacancies on priority. The Governor said that convocation is an emotional bond where students take oath before teachers to follow path of virtue and serve the country. He wished success to all research scholar and PhD holders. Former Chief Justice of India Ramesh Chandra Lahoti was honoured with D. Litt. on the occasion. He expressed happiness over the university's gesture. Chief guest and Chairman of Union Public Service Commission Prof. D.P. Agrawal wished medal winners and PhD holders bright future. He informed that the university conducts about 88 courses and has about 34 study centres. Earlier, university's vice-chancellor Prof. Sangeeta Shukla welcomed the guests and presented mementos. At the convocation, 67 degrees were given away in arts faculty, 41 social science, 21 science, 12 biology, 14 management, 17 commerce, 10 education, 4 home science, 3 law, 2 medical, 4 physical training, 7 technical education and 7 degrees in engineering science faculty. Besides, 65 students were given away gold medals for topping respective merit lists. The programme was conducted by Registrar Prof. Anand Mishra.

Prominence to Modi in MP posters irks some
Lucknow
As Narendra Modi's pictures eclipse other top BJP stalwarts on poll posters here, a senior party leader says it was compelled to project a single leader to gain political mileage. The posters with slogans like 'Ab ki baar, Modi Sarkar' have taken over those with pictures of top leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani. "BJP is compelled to project a single person as its leader as other parties too are doing so because of leader-centric politics, which is gaining currency in the country these days," said state BJP Vice President and MP, Raghunandan Sharma. "Whether it is Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Mulayam Singh, Mayawati, Mamata or Jayalalithaa -- all parties are following leader-centric politics these days. BJP is also doing so as it feels that it would prove to be politically beneficial," said Sharma, who was been denied party ticket from Mandsaur. Sharma said he felt "hurt and insulted" on being denied the party ticket but maintained that BJP was "different from other political parties on the basis of policies, philosophy and principles". Posters in Madhya Pradesh also display a photograph of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while party's founders Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya as well as Vajpayee and Advani were eclipsed.

Foundation for multi-art complex laid
The Governor laid foundation stone for a multi-art complex on the premises of Jiwaji University today. The state-ofthe-art auditorium of 2000 seating capacity will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 12 crore.

Quick action to be taken on political parties' complaints
BHOPAL hief Electoral Officer Jaideep Govind has assured representatives of 6 recognised political parties that quick action is being taken on complaints received by him. He informed that complaints regarding violation of model code of conduct and government officers and employees are also being disposed of at the earliest. Govind informed that a total of 542 complaints have been received against government officers and employees so far. Of these, 166 complaints have been received from the Election Commission 2, 142 from political parties and 246 other complaints. Among political parties, AAP has registered 12 complaints, BJP 47, Congress 71, BSP 7, Samajwadi Party, and Samata Party, RPI and Lok Janshakti Party have registered one complaint each. Action on these complaints is being taken at various levels. Similarly, Indian National Congress has registered 37 complaints regarding model code of conduct and Bharatiya Janata Party 10. Of these, 16 complaints of Congress and 7 of BJP have been disposed of. Govind apprised political parties about directives received from the commission recently and informed them about election-related material, CD of auxiliary polling booths, number of electorate for the first and second phases, list of telephone numbers of single window

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and control room and telephone numbers of general election observers. He informed that Deputy Election Commissioners S.S. Brahma and Dr. Naseem Zaidi will chair a review meeting pertaining to elections at Bhopal on March 30. Earlier, they will also meet 3 representatives each of 6 recognised political parties. Additional Chief Electoral Officer V.L. Kanta Rao, Joint Chief Electoral Officer S.S. Bansal, Rajaram of Bahujan Samaj Party, S.S. Lodha of BJP, advocate Ravi Kishan and S.S. Uppal of Bharatiya Janata Party, J.P. Dhanpiya of Indian National Congress, Shailendra Shelly of CPI etc were present on the occasion.

Mock poll to be held one hour before polling
Election Commission has directed district election officers to conduct mock poll one hour before polling for Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh. According to the directives, mock polling should be conducted one hour before polling and minimum 50 votes should be cast in EVMs in the presence of polling agents. Results of mock polling should also be shown to polling agents. It has been directed to inform polling staff about this during training. At the mock poll presiding officers should get it confirmed from polling agents that indicator in front of name of candidate to whom vote is cast is lit up on pressing the button. If an EVM develops snag during mock poll, it should be replaced immediately.

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ASTROLOGY
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Weak monsoon due to El Niño effect may hit agriculture output
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lobal weather forecasts seem to suggest India is faced with the prospect of an erratic rainrate predictions are possible only after summer is midway through. However, weather experts believe delayed monsoons are becoming increasingly frequent in the recent years in India. It is not India alone that is facing weather risks. Over the past two months, global food prices have risen, owing to drought in Brazil and dry weather conditions in the southeast Asia. While these prices have had little impact on food prices in India so far, a weak monsoon could lead to hike in food prices. The hailstorm is expected to adversely hit this year's gross domestic product, too. The hailstorm could likely result in an estimated crop failure at about Rs 12,000 crore.Although India has coped well with El Niño so far, farm output might be hit if the effect is severe. There have been 16 El Niño occurrences since 1984 and only four have been strong in the last 50 years. Even if the El Niño isn't strong, agriculture output is sure to decline.In the years when the El Niño effect has been strong, the agriculture output has fallen 4.7 per cent. This clearly highlights the risk the current year's El Niño forecasts hold for the country's GDP growth.

fall, as a result of the waters of the Pacific Ocean warming (known as the El Niño effect). According to analysts and economists, in past years, whenever the impact of this event was severe, agricultural output declined leading to a rise in food prices. The hailstorm this year has already hit the Rabi crop in three states and will impact food prices, believe experts. Predicting El Niño and its effects are a little difficult now as accu-

Vastu tips to remove the impact of evil eyes
Sew a coconut in black cloth and hang it outside the house. The house will be protected by evil eye and ill fate. Make a ‘hole’ in yellow ‘kodi’ and make a small child wear it, as; it will protect the child from evil eye. Tie a yellow kodi with black thread on the door frame of a newly constructed house. It saves the house from evil eye as well as other bad influences. A piece of coral should be tied in the neck of the child on Tuesday. It will save the child from evil effects.

BJP old timers refuse to accept regime change
idelined by his party, Jaswant Singh has formally quit the BJP. The senior leader's dissent is the latest in a series of crisis that started with the sidelining of party patriarch LK Advani. It was Advani who challenged the BJP leadership. It seems that the old-timers have refused to reconcile themselves with the inevitability of a regime change in the saffron party. Behind the brewing war over tickets is an increasing uneasiness among older leaders like Advani, Jaswant Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Murli Manohar Joshi that they have been pushed to the margin by Modi and Rajnath Singh. Therefore, Modi will have to continue to tread carefully. His opponents may maintain silence now, but their opposition will find new force especially if the party fails to grab 180-200 Lok Sabha seats on its own. It was BJP's well calculated strategy to move on with its Mission 272+ when it fielded Choudhary from Barmer. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had thrown her weight behind Choudhary to leverage Jat votes. The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government earlier this month decided to give reservation to Jats in nine northern States. The quota dole to Jats, who would now be part of the Other Backward Class category in government jobs may help the Congress electoral prospects in Rajasthan, UP, Haryana, Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Jaswant is not the only BJP leader miffed at the party's top leadership. In Bihar, senior BJP leader Lalmuni Chaubey has decided to quit the party and fight as an Independent from Buxar, a decision that could have an echo in Varanasi. Chaubey is known for his proximity to Vajpayee and Advani. It is being alleged that people close to Advani are being targeted. Now, in what could stoke a fresh controversy in the BJP after the row over LK Advani's ticket, the party has replaced seven-time MP Harin Pathak, a close aide of Advani, with actor Paresh Rawal for the Ahmedabad East Lok Sabha seat. At this juncture, it is safe to say that the gap created by the struggle between the Advani and Modi camps seems unlikely to be bridged in the near future.

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Cong gives ticket to tainted candidates, winnability main criterion

or Congress winnability was the only criterion determining who will contest from where, not the media campaign about who was tainted or not. The Congress renominated former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal from Chandigarh and former Minister Subodh Kant Sahay from Ranchi and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh's wife, Pratibha Singh, from Mandi -- all perceived to be "tainted". Bansal had to give up his Railways portfolio after his nephew Vijay Singla was booked in the cash-for-post scam. Sahay quit the Cabinet in the coal block allocation scam. Virbhadra and wife have been facing fire over allegations of corruption in a deal involving a small-time hydel power unit. The Delhi High Court recently even heard a plea for a court-monitored CBI probe against Virbhadra, and charges were framed against Bansal's nephew in the CBI special court recently. "The Congress will not get cowed down by ill-informed campaign by a section of the media on who is tainted and who is notwe decide candidates on the winnability factor and not according to TV channel debates," a senior party leader said, by way of explaining the candidates' choice, also asserting that none against whom charges have been framed in courts has been given tickets. It was also pointed out that "electoral politics is not run by perceptions and that is the reason why we never raised questions on Narendra Modi's right to contest elections-our campaign against him is on moral grounds and his politics." Since finding winning candidates is the biggest headache for the party, sitting MPs and ministers have been fielded again as much as possible. Thus Union minister Shashi Tharoor will be seeking re-election from Thiruvananthapuram and K V Thomas from Ernakulam. But there are newcomers and some changes as well. In Uttar Pradesh, actor Nagma has been fielded from Meerut in place of Dayanand Gupta; actor-turnedpolitician Raj Babar has been shifted to Ghaziabad from Agra.

Modi, Kejriwal lock horn in Varansi but local industry worry about basic issues
Varanasi Amidst hype over Narendra Modi and AAP convener, Arvind Kejriwal locking horns in the electoral battle in Varanasi, the local industry in the holy city is bothered more about basic issues like roads and electricity. Varanasi, known as the abode of Hindi god, Lord Shiva, is also world renowned for centuries old silk weaving and handicrafts. President of Eastern UP Exporter's Association (EUPEA), Amitabh Singh said, "The roads here are so bad that it takes at least half an hour to get past a one kilometre stretch. As a result no buyers, domestic or international want to visit us." "Whether it is buyers from Mumbai, Germany or elsewhere, they want us to visit them because of the improper road planning and transportation system here," Singh added. The industry wants the newly elected government to create a better city for weavers where all the systems work - electricity, roads and transportation. Referring to the heritage of the place which is silk weaving, among others, he said there was a huge demand for hand weaving and they banked on hand-

looms. Although the city was home to around one lakh weavers, today only 40,000 are working; while the remaining weavers have no work. "The buyers want fast production. How can we do that without proper infrastructure?" Singh said, adding that all their problems are interconnected. "All we want is a level playing field...it doesn't have to be as good as China but similar to Surat or Bangalore. Benaras weaving is among the oldest art forms passed down from the Mughal era. The art is dying and so we need a revival plan for the entire sector," Singh said. Such a plan, he said, should be done by professionals. "We have always had

the support of the Ministry of Textiles....however, things are not getting better. There are some good policies in place but the benefits should reach the weavers directly." Varanasi which is also a considered a city of temples is best known for its silk. Silk weaving is typically done within the household. Fine silk and Benarasi saris, brocades with gold and silver thread are often used for weddings and special occasion. The silk weaving industry has recently been threatened by the rise of power looms and computer-generated designs and by competition from Chinese silk traders.

Manmohan in the background but among star campaigners in Chhattisgarh
Raipur/New Delhi Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who seems to have become a burden of sorts for Congress, has found place in the party's star campaigners list for Chhattisgarh. In addition to Singh, party has included its President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi in the list. From being the prime minister of two UPA governments at the Centre, Singh has moved into the deep background in the run-up to the crucial 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Singh, who had announced in January that he would step down after the summer elections, has so far been invited to campaign in just six states -- Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, Assam and Karnataka.Even though he is reportedly keen to visit Gujarat, a formal invitation from the state Congress unit has not reached his office yet. In Chhattisgarh, PM Singh, Sonia and Rahul will address the maximum election meetings, including road shows. Singh is believed to be upset with Congress spokesperson PC Chacko who had said though Singh was a great economist, he had failed to address the media properly on various issues.While he preferred a Rajya Sabha nomination during his stay as PM for 10 years, he has announced his retirement this year and ended any chance of entering the Lok Sabha fray.

Congress to contest on its own on over 400 seats
Meanwhile, Congress has decided to contest, on its own, over 400 Lok Sabha seats of the total 543 this time. The party believes that if it contests over 400 seats on its own, its tally "cannot go below 100 even in a worstcase scenario". Party insiders concede that its leadership in a number of key states is weak and lacks the killer instinct. But the BJP, too, is not strong outside Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya

Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, which together have 91 Lok Sabha seats. So far, Congress has pre-poll alliances in Maharashtra and Bihar. The party plans such tie-ups in states Kerala, Jharkhand and Telangana.

Bt cotton growers reap rich harvest
BANGALORE otton farmers in Karnataka cultivating Bt cotton have net returns which are thrice the level of what non-Bt cotton farmers earn. A research on the "techno-economic impact of Bt cotton" conducted by two staffers of the University of Agriculture Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, has indicated that the net returns enjoyed by Bt cotton growers is Rs 13,168 per hectare compared to Rs 4,484 per hectare of non-Bt cotton farmers. The higher net returns are due to savings from lesser spending on pesticides and higher yield, said LB Hugar, one of the two researchers. The study covered 180 cotton farmers spread across Raichur, Mysore and Haveri districts. The yield advantage as regards to Bt cotton over non-Bt cotton was approximately four quintals a

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hectare. Hugar said savings from expenditure on pesticides and higher yield provided a benefit to the tune of Rs 66.2 crore in 2006-07 with the average saving due to reduction in pesticide use to be Rs 3,094 per hectare for Bt cotton growers vis-a-vis non-Bt cotton farmers. It also meant that the number of labour days saved was 26 for Bt cotton growers. Typically, most of the Bt cotton growers derived the technical information relating to cultivating practices from private agencies like seed companies and dealers. Hugar said there was a need to provide education through the institutional route to help dispel myths surrounding Bt cotton technology. Mr Hugar said there was a need to provide diagnostic kits besides training officials of agencies like the Raitha Samparka Kendras on identifying spurious Bt cotton seeds which are posing a major problem for the faster growth of Bt cotton technology in the country.

Grand welcome to Maharaja Express passengers at Gwalior D
Gwalior aharaja Express, the most expressive luxury train, the ticket of which costs around Rs 60 lakhs, completed its three years of reaching the Gwalior station. It arrived on the railway station recently and the foreign and Indian passengers were welcomed in a grand and royal style. The long red carpet waited for the tourists to arrive and then the officials put a traditional 'tilak' on their foreheads. The luxurious train arrives in Gwalior once in every month. The passengers embraced the loving welcome and then left for Khujraoh at 9 pm. The train has four routes, which are - Mumbai to Delhi, Delhi to Mumbai, Kolkata to Delhi and Delhi to Kolkata. The train reaches Gwalior during the Kolkata-Delhi

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route. The other cities crossed by the Maharaja Express are Agra, Varanasi and Gaya. The splendid express train consists of five star restaurant, AC cabins, eco-friendly toilet, dial phones in each and every cabin, satellite TV and internet facilities. The train is owned and operated by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation. Maharajas' Express an initiative of Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) - is the latest luxury train to be introduced in India. Dubbed India's equivalent to the Orient Express of Europe, this Maharaja train is rated by prestigious travel magazines and luxury guides as one of the greatest rail journeys in the world. It presents India in a way never seen before. The Maharajas journeys are crafted to offer the

tourist a glimpse into the rich heritage and culture of India. Gourmet dining on board the maharaja train is arranged in 2 dining cars which are named Rang Mahal (Color Palace) and Mayur Mahal (Peacock Palace). Varieties of cuisine are served on board. Guests could engage in recreational activities inside the Rajah Club - Lounge Car. Rajah Club has a well stocked library with general books and pictorial guidebooks offering glimpses of Indian Maharajas who used to rule their kingdom before India became democracy. Board games and card games could also be enjoyed in Rajah Club. At one end stands the bar and at the other stands a souvenir shop named Treasure Chest from where the guests can buy mementos of this royal train journey.

irector Election Commission of India Dhirendra Ojha held discussions on the activities of MCMC during 3-phase Lok Sabha elections today. Joint Chief Electoral Officer S.S. Bansal, Shariq Noor of Prasar Bharati and freelance journalist Girish Upadhyay were also present on the occasion. It was informed that media certification and monitoring committee (MCMC) should dispose of cases put before it promptly and intimate concerning candidate. If decision is not acceptable to candidate, he or she can appeal at state level MCMC within 48 hours, which will dispose of it within 96 hours. It was informed during video-conferencing that MCMC should also follow freedom of press during its functioning. Monitoring of social media and bulk SMSes were also discussed. Regarding cable network, it was informed that legal action including sentence and fine can be taken against political parties and candidates on airing advertisements without permission on electronic media. Doordarshan has included voter awareness-related films in its various programmes for voter awareness and increasing polling percentage during Lok Sabha elections.

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Woman alleges AAP candidate, 2 others raped her for over a year
Bhopal A woman has filed a complaint alleging that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from GunaShivpuri Lok Sabha seat Shailendra Singh Kushwaha and three office bearers allegedly raped her at least three times over a period of more than a year, the police said here. AAP Madhya Pradesh State Secretary Akshay Hunka reached Gwalior recently to look into the matter and termed the allegations as "politically motivated, aimed at tarnishing Kushwaha's image". The 30-year-old complainant said that she was associated with Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement and had later joined the AAP. She alleged that Kushwaha and three other office bearers, identified as Gwalior district AAP convenor Himanshu Kulshreshta, AAP district secretary Abhijit Wagh and AAP district spokesperson Manuraj Saxena raped her at least thrice, about a year ago, the police said. The woman claimed that she went to Raipur later and came back to file a complaint at the Kampu police station, after suffering for almost a year. She said that she lodged a police complaint only after she reported the matter to AAP leaders in Delhi, who did not help her. Meanwhile, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Virendra Jain said that as per Supreme Court guidelines if an incident of rape is more than three months old, then an FIR in the matter would be filed only after a probe, which the police has initiated. However, Kushwaha dismissing her allegations as "baseless and aimed at tarnishing his image," said that he was told that the woman filed the complaint at the behest of two party workers, in order to settle political scores, since she has complained after more than a year.

BJP: Defectors get preference over loyalists
part from the eclipse of the old guard and their supporters, the BJP is giving preference to defectors--especially in Uttar Pradesh from the Samajwadi Party and the Congress--over loyalists. This is causing unrest in the ranks. The BJP's formal candidate selection meetings have been on for four weeks. During these occasions, the practice is for the state leaderships to present the names and the reasons for their choice of particular candidates. While the other 18 members including L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari go by the arguments presented by state leaders, Modi is already in possession of his own feedback.

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Donations flood AAP after Kejriwal announces to take on Narendra Modi
New Delhi The AAP received the huge amount in donation less than 24 hours after Kejriwal announced in Varanasi that he would take on Modi from the constituency and urged the voters to contribute to the party. Though a section of AAP supporters said the windfall was a result of Narendra Modi's scathing remarks against Kejriwal. The strident street politics of Aap's former minister Somnath Bharti and chief Arvind Kejriwal's recurring dharnas cost Aam Aadmi Party dearly. Donations to the fledgling party, the financial lifeline that keeps its political prospects on track, dropped perceptibly. Reports say the donations flooded the party's website a day after Arvind Kejriwal requested voters to make a contribution to the AAP after announcing his plans to take on Modi. The website records suggest that 1,208 donors contributed generously. Making the AAP's day, Ganesh Ramani from Hong Kong reportedly donated Rs. 62 lakh in cheque. Online donations are reflected on the party's website immediately, but contributions that come in other forms take some time to be updated. The list of donors included Haryana's, Kama Holdings Limited which contributed a sum of Rs. 5 lakh. After Delhi elections, former Law Minister, Shanti Bhushan had made a donation of Rs. 2 crore which he paid in two installments. Reports say the total donation made to Aam Aadmi Party has reached the mark Rs. 17 crore but the money raised is still short of the stipulated amount anticipated by the party to contest the general elections. AAP will be fielding over 400 candidates in the 16th Lok Sabha elections and thus it isn't possible for the party management to provide financial support to all its candidates.

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IPL 7: Top five challenges for BCCI's interim president Sunil Gavaskar
unil Gavaskar has been entrusted with the opportunity of managing a league that's taken a beating as far as it's image is concerned. He now has the responsibility of not only running the billion-dollar league smoothly but also restoring the credibility of the Indian Premier League amongst it's millions of fans. So here are 5 issues that will need urgent attention of the new BCCI-IPL interim chief:

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to ensure that no cricket enthusiasts poses as team owners, Gavaskar will have lay down the rules about who is an owner and who's not, who can sit in the dug-out and who can't. Access to players have to be controlled.

DECIDE ON SUNDAR RAMAN
IPL Chief Operating Officer Sundar Raman is under the scanner on various issues -- from allegedly passing insider information which aided and abetted betting in the last season to safeguarding the interests of Chennai Super Kings during the spot-fixing investigations. What must be done with Mr Raman? Based on the Supreme Court's directives, this is a tricky one for Gavaskar. Will he bell the cat? Sundar Raman is known to be a close ally of ousted BCCI president N. Srinivasan.

ANNOUNCE THE FULL SCHEDULE
On Gavaskar's priority list will be to announce the full schedule of IPL 7. Till now, the 20 matches that will be played in the United Arab Emirates are known, but the fixtures, once the tournament returns to India on May 1, are still not known.

SANITISE SHARJAH
The decision to move IPL to Sharjah, a venue BCCI had themselves black-listed after the match-fixing scandal in 2000, has already raised a few eye-brows. Now to keep unscruplous elements away from the IPL will be another important task for the interim president to execute.

KEEP SRINIVASAN AT BAY
Number 1 on Gavaskar's priority list should be to make the functioning of the IPL more transparent and free from the control of Srinivasan. It's an open secret that the Chennai strongman enjoys great support within the BCCI and the IPL management. To ensure the president in exile doesn't remote control what's happening in the billion-dollar league, the Indian batting legend will have to rule with an iron fist.

RESTRICT TEAM OWNER'S ACCESS
Gurunath Meiyappan has been the man at the centre of the spot-fixing scam. And

Sehw Sehwag and Gambhir star again
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Why Katrina Kaif is a misfit to play the lead in Bajirao Mastani?
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Why does Varun Dhawan want Ileana D’Cruz to meet his mom and dad?

e certainly can’t imagine Katrina playing Mastani in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus which we hear will have Ranveer in the titular role. Yes, the Dhoom:3 babe has come a long way in Bollywood but we can’t say the same about her acting, hai na? We all know Sanjay Leela Bhansali is keen on roping in Deepika Padukone to play the lead in his long impending project Bajirao Mastani. Apparently, the dusky beauty is still mulling over the offer as she has been approached by Karan Johar too for Shuddhi. Since Ranveer Singh is going to play Bajirao in SLB’s next wethinks Ms Padukone would be the perfect choice to plays his Mastani onscreen. However, we now hear that Katrina Kaif is also being considered for Bajirao Mastani. We dunno how true this piece of information is coz as per media reports Bhansali doesn’t want anybody else but Deepika to play Mastani. In fact, the Ram-Leela director is even ready to adjust his film’s date as per DP’s availability. That’s what the reports claim. Considering the dimpled beauty is such a fine actor, we aren’t surprised that SLB is willing to go to any lengths just to get her onboard. But if Sanjay Bhansali has made up his mind about casting Ranveer Singh’s alleged ladylove, we wonder why there is so much buzz about Kat being a strong contender for Mastani’s role.

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ooks like the dishy dude of Main Tera Hero is in love with the Barfi! hottie. Even Varun has declared that he is fallen for Ileana, hasn’the? Ever since Varun Dhawan has screamed palat…in Main Tera Hero’s popular number Tera hero idhar hain, the dude has only provoked us to translate the catchy lyrics of that composition into English only to see it getting lost in translation.

Deepika Padukone in Ilayathapathy Vijay’s next?
he buzz in the industry is that Deepika Padukone or Priyanka Chopra is likely to play the female lead opposite Vijay in his next. Deepika Padukone's name name seems to be in the forefront. The actress already has the magnum opus opposite Superstar Rajinikanth Kochadaiiyaan and is in much demand. Ilayathalapathy is busy shooting for his next Kaththi directed by AR Murugadoss. The actor will then team up with Chimbu Devan. Though there is not much information on this movie, we expect that more details will be out in the near future. There is a buzz that composer AR Rahman will score the music of the film. Vijay will start working on the film after he wraps up the shoot of Kaththi.

Jal movie review: Strictly avoid this one, if you are a masala-movie junkie!
irish Malik’s much-touted cinematic bravura is a piece of work that will impress you only visually. The drab plot and the tragedy of epic proportion will leave you profoundly confused-to the extent that you will wonder in the end if this movie was over hyped beyond description! Girish Malik’s Jal might have been mounted as a visually delightful experimental cinema with the adequate flavors of a masala entertainer, but in reality it is just a a complex ( and complicated) montage of stunningly shot visuals that will leave your head numb (read: barren). Certainly not crafted for an average movie goer, this drama-set against the backdrop of the parched and barren landscape of Rann of Kutchunfolds in the form of disjointed frames and highly dramatic sequences that will draw big yawns from you. If the first half forces you to search for a definite plot in the fragmented narrative, the second

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US-made crashed Super Hercules transport plane had cost India Rs 1000 crore
n a setback to the Air Force, a newly acquired US-made C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft recently crashed near Gwalior after taking off from Agra air base, killing five crew members, including four officers. "One C-130J aircraft crashed 72 miles (115 km) west of Gwalior air base. The aircraft was airborne from Agra at 1000 hours for a routine flying training mission. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate into the cause of the accident," an IAF spokesperson said in New Delhi. It is shocking that an aircraft costing Rs 1000 crore and having some of the most advanced features crashed.

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Here is some more information on the military transport aircraft. India had recently inducted six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, which were bought

from the US at the cost of around Rs 6000 crore (USD 1.1 billion) three years ago. The per unit cost of the aircraft comes to around Rs 1,000 crore. The air-

craft can carry up to 20 tonnes of load and can land and take-off from short runways. The aircraft can perform precision low-level flying and landing in blackout conditions. Special features are included to ensure aircraft survivability in hostile air defence environment. IAF had recently landed the aircraft at the high-altitude Daulat Beg Oldie air field near China border. The planes have augmented IAF's capability to airlift troops closer to the borders in times of emergency , Air Force officials said. The aircraft was last reportedly used during the search operations for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. It was also used during rescue operations following the Uttarakhand floods last year.

Modi strikes a chord with Wardha farmers
losses keep mounting," he says. He's at the rally to understand if a vote for Modi might change that. Did he make up his mind? Well, he at least knows what we have suffered, the weather-worn old man replies. Apart from the hundreds of BJP workers wielding party flags and screaming 'Modi Modi' at periodic intervals, much of the crowd at the rally were there for the same reason. Droughts will continue and crops will continue to fail. Can Modi do anything? "Pack off this government that only announces relief packages," Modi said, to cheers and raucous applause.He had hit an emotive point: Relief packages have been announced periodically by the Maharshtra state government and the Centre, but nobody is quite sure just what the impact of this intervention has been. The kharif crop of 2011, the rabi crop of 2011 and kharif crop of 2012 and now the Rabi crop of 2013 had been hit. Long-term measures need to be put in place. There appears to be no sign of those long term measures from government. "There are no farmer suicides in Gujarat," Nitin Gadkari said, lauding river-linking projects. Modi got a thunderous response when he asked if the government of the day was only running its electoral schemes while announcing relief packages, when he said Lal Bahadur Shastri's jai jawan jai kisan motto must be revived and when he said farm -centric policies must be developed carefully. Is any farmer safe in this country, he asked. "No!" The chorus went up. But the biggest, most thunderous cheer was reserved for the end, when he promised, "The BJP will ensure no farmer ever has to go to a moneylender."

Bickeing in BJP as Sabir Ali is expelled
LUCKNOW
New Delhi: The BJP finally expelled former JD (U) leader Sabir Ali who had crossed over to the saffron brigade after being expelled by the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led party for praising Narendra Modi. Hours after his induction, he was booted out following a row sparked within the saffron outfit, with the veteran party leader and one of the prominent Muslim faces in the party Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi accusing the new candidate as a friend of Indian Mujahidin commander Yasin Bhatkal. BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the BJP president Rajnath Singh has decided to cancel the membership of Sabir Ali. Interestingly and unfortunately for the party dreaming to snatch power from the clutches of the Congress led UPA, Naqvi has made his anguish public in the media. It doesn't come as a surprise any longer for the party considering BJP's leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and even some of the other leaders using media and social networking site to vent their displeasure- be it the case of Jaswant Singh being denied ticket for the upcoming parliamentary polls from Barmer or the latest incident involving JD (U) expelled Sabir Ali. It's not the BJP alone where infighting and different colors of bickering have found birth as even the ruling Congress has seen many such issues take away the night's sleep of the leadership. Nevertheless, what makes the matter more colorful is that Naqvi has raised direct and sharp questions against the discretion of the top leadership which doesn't count anyone other than party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and President Rajnath Singh.

Wardha, Maharashtra Maharashtra state BJP president Devendra Phadanvis said about 80,000 people braved the oppressive afternoon sun to gather for a rally addressed by Narendra Modi recently. The hailstorm-affected villagers of Maharashtra have been doled out another relief package, he said. But after two consecutive drought years, farmers already know what that means. "Either the money will never come, or the farmer has to grease somebody's palm to get his rightful due." The thousands who attended Modi's rally in Wardha, 80 km from Nagpur town, did not care for the symbolism of the Gujarat chief minister's visit to the Gandhi ashram in next door Sevagram, the village the Mahatma made his home after the Dandi march. What mattered is this, Modi was reflecting farmers' opinion that years of consecutive drought and crop failure, the mounting suicides of farmers in the Vidarbha region and now the hailstorm in February had yielded no sustained efforts from the state government. Dattu is a 70-year-old rural daily-wager with a meager plot of his own. "I have earned nothing from my land in the last five years, the

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