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Maharashtra and MP govts try appeasing farmers, GST lowered on 66 items: Top stories to bring you up to date

Maharashtra and MP government try appeasing farmers, GST lowered on 66 items, Macron’s party heads for majority in French parliament, Nadal wins his 10th French Open title, India storms into Champions Trophy semis: Here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2017 07:06 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Maharashtra,Madhya Pradesh farmers' protest,Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ends his fast by coconut water offered by former chief minister and veteran BJP leader Kailash Joshi in Bhopal on Sunday.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

While you were away, here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date.

1) Maharashtra waives farmers’ loans, MP CM Chouhan says buying farm produce below MSP will be a crime

The Maharashtra government said it will write off the loans of most of its 1.34 crore farmers, and Madhya Pradesh announced a crackdown against those short-changing cultivators as the two BJP-ruled states rushed on Sunday to placate growing resentment from the agriculture sector. Farmers in both states have held protests demanding better prices for their crops and for crores of rupees of their debt waived off. Farmers unions threatened to intensify their agitation if the government did not heed their requests by next week.

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2) Growing supply glut may stoke more discontent among Indian farmers

Bountiful monsoon rains are unlikely to lift India’s rural economy this year, and may instead compound the woes of millions of debt-ridden farmers who are struggling with low prices amid a glut of produce such as lentils, oilseeds and cereals. India is still carrying a huge inventory of food grains from last year’s record harvest as exports were hit by an appreciating rupee, falling global prices and restrictions on overseas shipments. Another bumper harvest could accelerate the price slide and stoke discontent among farmers that has triggered protests in the big agrarian states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, where police shot dead five protesting farmers this week.

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3) GST Council lowers tax rates for 66 items, including insulin, printers and incense sticks

The GST Council lowered tax rates on 66 items such as pickles, incense sticks, some movie tickets and printers after industries and states complained that the goods will become too expensive when the new indirect taxation system kicks in from July 1. The panel, chaired by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and consisting of his counterparts from all states, had divided almost all goods and services into four tax brackets when it last met in Srinagar in May. But a number of industries opposed the tax classification, and Jaitley said that the panel had received a request to review the levies.

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4) Congress leader apologises after ‘gali ka gunda’ remark against army chief

Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Sunday withdrew his controversial statement made on army chief General Bipin Rawat and tendered an apology for the same. “I genuinely believe what I said was wrong. So I apologize for it and withdraw my statement,” Dikshit said. A controversy erupted after Diskhit asserted that General Rawat shouldn’t make statements like a ‘sadak ka gunda’ (a road-side goon).

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5) Strike call: Darjeeling tense as GJM, Bengal govt head for showdown

The stand-off between the West Bengal government and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) over an indefinite strike called by the regional party from Monday is showing no signs of abatement, with both sides refusing to back down. The Mamata Banerjee government on Sunday issued an order mandating all government offices across Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts to remain open, making it clear that there should be no disruption of life on account of the strike. The GJM leadership challenged the order, stating that any repressive tactic employed by the state government would be met with more intense agitations.

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6) Want to step down as attorney general, return to private practice: Mukul Rohatgi

Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi has told the government that he wants to step down as the country’s top law official. Rohatgi said he has completed three years as the country’s top law official and wants to return to private practice. The National Democratic Alliance government gave an extension to Rohatgi earlier this month but the order did not specify a time frame.

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7) President Emmanuel Macron’s party heading for majority in French parliament

French President Emmanuel Macron’s party and its allies have won the biggest share of the vote in the first round of legislative elections on Sunday, according to official figures published by the interior ministry and based on a partial count of votes. Macron’s Republic on the Move party (LREM) and its allies were set to win over 30% of the vote, the ministry said shortly after voting stations closed. Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move, REM) and its small centrist ally MoDem are set to garner 390 to 445 seats in the 577-member National Assembly.

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8) Sri Lanka makes first arrest over hate crimes against Muslims

Sri Lankan police have arrested a key figure from an extremist Buddhist organisation blamed for a series of hate crimes against Muslims that has drawn international censure. The 32-year-old man from the radical Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or Buddhist Force, is the first suspect to be arrested in connection with arson attacks against Muslims that have stoked religious tensions. Police said investigations were continuing into 16 “major incidents” of arson since April that hit Muslim homes, businesses, mosques and a cemetery.

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9) India punish careless South Africa, storm into ICC Champions Trophy semis

India kept their composure to strangle a careless South Africa and storm into the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals with a commanding eight-wicket win at The Oval on Sunday. South Africa, the world’s No. 1 ODI side, once again failed to lift themselves on a big day. The Proteas lost their last eight wickets for just 51 runs and that left India with a modest 192-run target. When Yuvraj Singh smashed the wining six, India won with 72 balls to spare.

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10) Rafael Nadal destroys Stan Wawrinka in French Open final for this 10th title

His clay-court prowess as unassailable as ever, Rafael Nadal won his record 10th French Open title by dominating 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in the final at Roland Garros on Sunday. No other man or woman has won 10 championships at the same major in the Open era, which began in 1968. The 31-year-old Nadal was overwhelmingly good from start to finish against Wawrinka — and over the past two weeks en route to La Decima, Spanish for “10th.” Not only did Nadal win every set he played in the tournament, he dropped a total of only 35 games, the second fewest by any man on the way to any title at a Grand Slam tournament in the Open era.

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First Published: Jun 12, 2017 07:06 IST