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Modi's one year in power saw 1,306 farmer suicides in Maharashtra

Nagpur : A record 1,306 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra during the one-year period of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in office - between May 20, 2014, to May 25, 2015, a farmers' watchdog body said here on Monday.

This figure is around 40 percent higher than the same period between May 2013-May 2014, said Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti chief Kishore Tiwari.

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Modi government failed to revive economic growth: Congress leader

Shimla : Former union minister and AICC spokesperson Jitin Prasada on Monday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government for failing to revive economic growth and reduce inflation, as promised by him during the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

Addressing a press conference here, Prasada pointed out that Modi stormed to power riding on the promises of good governance, creation of 10 crore jobs in five years and a digital India but failed to deliver.

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Governance has largely been on track

(One Year of Modi Government)

By Anuj Puri,

As the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government enters its second year in office on Tuesday, there is no dearth of bouquets and brickbats for the "NaMo" regime in the media. On analysing the government's electoral assurances, the actions taken so far and the respective timelines being followed to achieve these, one would say it is reasonably on track in fulfilling its short-term, medium-term and long-term promises.

Special status of northeast states must continue: Tripura CM

By Sujit Chakraborty,

Agartala : Cutting across political lines, chief ministers of eight northeastern states, ruled by Congress, Left and regional parties, have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to retain the 'special category status' for the mountainous states.

"Chief ministers of all the eight northeastern states recently adopted a resolution urging the central government on special status," Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar told IANS in an interview.

Bengal election commission: Inept chief or paper tiger?

By Anurag Dey,

Kolkata : He is being accused of 'failing miserably' and is being dubbed 'spineless' by opposition parties in West Bengal. Many are now asking for his resignation.

The chief of the West Bengal State Election Commission, Sushanta Ranjan Upadhaya, has been at the centre of a political slugfest over the recent civic polls.

The crescendo of criticism almost reached a climax on May 19 after Upadhaya failed to depute a lawyer to put forward the commission's viewpoint before the Supreme Court, where an appeal had been filed by the state government.

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DMK to appeal against Jayalalithaa's acquittal: Karunanidhi

Chennai : DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Monday said his party would appeal against the Karnataka High Court's verdict acquiting Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in the disproporationate assets case.

Speaking at the party's district secretaries' meeting here, Karunanidhi said the party would appeal since the Supreme Court twice held that the DMK has the right to be impleaded in the case.

He said that both special public prosecutor B.V. Acharya and Karnataka's advocate general Ravivarma Kumar have clearly recommended to the government to appeal to the apex court.

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Kejriwal to meet Delhi's civic bodies' employees

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet commissioners and representatives of employees' unions of the civic bodies of Delhi on June 1 to resolve the issue of non-payment of salaries, a statement said on Monday.

"The chief minister said he will be calling a meeting on Monday (June 1) to look into the issue. All the three commissioners and all unions would be called for the meeting to look into the matter and try to find a solution on the ongoing problem of salaries," the statement said.

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लोहिया के ही खिलाफ खड़ी हो रही समाजवादी सरकार – रिहाई मंच

By TCN News,

लखनऊ: शिरडी में संविधान निर्माता अंबेडकर के गाने का रिंगटोन बजने पर दलित युवक की हत्या को रिहाई मंच ने फासिस्ट शक्तियों की क्रूरता का एक और उदाहरण कहते हुए दोषियों के खिलाफ कार्रवाई की मांग की है. इसके साथ मंच ने राजस्थान में नागौर जिले के कई गावों में हुए दलित उत्पीड़न का पुरजोर विरोध किया है.

'Modi, a man mesmerised by own persona' (Book Review)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy,

Title: How Modi Won It, Notes from 2014 Election; Author: Harish Khare; Publisher: Hachette India; Pages: 242; Price: Rs.599

Man is wise in hindsight. This is certainly true for journalists. Harish Khare, editor and commentator who was also media adviser to former prime minister Manmohan Singh, comes up with his own analysis of what went wrong with the Congress and how Narendra Modi simply crushed the Grand Old Party to lead the BJP to a historic Lok Sabha win.

Jayalalithaa launches 201 Amma Canteens, populist schemes

Chennai: A day after she was sworn in as chief minister, J. Jayalalithaa on Sunday inaugurated 201 Amma Canteens and various populist schemes across the state via video conferencing.

She launched a scheme to sell 500 gm packets of "A" grade lentils (pigeon pea) and black gram at subsidised rates of Rs.53.50 and Rs.56, respectively.

According to a statement issued by the state government, "B" grade black gram would be sold at Rs.49.50 per 500 gm packet.

The pulses would be sold through state government cooperative stores.

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