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55-year-old woman in Telangana commits Suicide Fearing loss of Rs 54 lakh due to Demonetization of big Currency notes by Government

Fearing that all their currency notes will turn mere pieces of paper,Kandukuri Vinoda, 55, hanged herself at her house in Shenagapauram when her husband and son were asleep

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Hyderabad, Nov 11, 2016: Fearing that she will lose Rs 54 lakh because of demonetization of big currency notes, a woman in Telangana’s Mahabubabad district committed suicide, police said on Thursday.

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Kandukuri Vinoda, 55, hanged herself at her house in Shenagapauram when her husband and son were asleep.

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A few days ago the family had sold their 12 acre agricultural land for Rs 56.40 lakh to meet expenses for the treatment of Vinoda’s ailing husband.

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After spending Rs 1.4 lakh, they were keeping the remaining cash, all in Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 denominations at home. The family was planning to buy land at some other place for agriculture.

They got panicked when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the big currency notes were no longer valid tender.

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Family sources said there was heated argument as Vinoda was unhappy over selling the entire land. Fearing that all their currency notes will turn mere pieces of paper, Vinoda committed suicide. (IANS)

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The Farmer’s Protest In Delhi Makes The Indian Police Take Severe Steps

The government has allowed police to “brutally beat up” the farmers, said the opposition Congress party.

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Police use water cannons to disperse farmers during a protest demanding better price for their produce on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. VOA

Indian police on Tuesday fired tear gas and water cannons to halt and scatter a march by thousands of protesting farmers heading for the capital New Delhi to demand better prices for their produce.

Reeling from a crash in commodity prices, more than 50,000 farmers from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, a top producer of wheat and cane, blocked part of the main highway to the capital.

They also sought loan waivers, cheaper power and tougher action to get sugar mills to pay dues owed for their cane, as discontent in rural areas turns to anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who faces tough general elections next year.

“Despite our repeated requests, the government has failed to help farmers in any meaningful ways,” a farm leader, Dharmendra Malik, told Reuters by telephone from the protest site.

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Police try to stop farmers during a protest demanding a better price for their produce on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. VOA

“Left with no choice, we’ve decided to march to Delhi to highlight our plight.”

Cash-strapped sugar companies owe cane growers about 135 billion rupees ($1.9 billion) in the current season. Saddled with huge piles of sugar and hit by a fall in prices, mills have said they are unable to pay farmers on time.

“The state government has initiated a number of steps to help farmers, including a clutch of measures to expedite cane payments to growers,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath told video news agency ANI, a Reuters affiliate.

Mills are struggling to export sugar because of lower global prices, Adityanath said.

Television broadcast images of angry farmers clashing with police and driving their tractors into security barriers, in a protest that disrupted rush-hour traffic.

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Rural areas turns to anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. VOA

Some farmers were injured when police fired tear gas and water cannon to keep protesters from breaking through barricades to reach New Delhi, the site of events to mark the birth anniversary of India’s apostle of non violence, Mahatma Gandhi.

“It’s ironical that the farmers were brutally beaten on the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary,” opposition leader Rahul Gandhi said.

Farmers had started trickling into the city late on Monday, prompting authorities to bar gatherings of more than four people.

The government has allowed police to “brutally beat up” the farmers, said the opposition Congress party, which ruled India for most of its 70 years since independence from Britain, before losing power to Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.

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“Can India’s farmers not come and tell their own government that they are in deep pain?” asked Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Modi’s rural woes have been worsened by a failure to deliver on a promise of tens of millions of jobs for young people that helped him win the largest mandate in three decades in 2014. (VOA)