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Acche din? PM Modi’s one year in power saw 1,306 farmer suicides in Maharashtra

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The one-year office tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi  witnessed a record 1306 farmers suicide in Maharashtra as claimed by a farmers’ watchdog on Monday.

Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti chief Kishore Tiwari said that the statistics is around 40 per cent higher than the same in between May 2013 and May 2014.

“The optimistic view about the Prime Minister Narendra Modi might not be true for the Vidarbha farmers which are the focal point of Indian farmland suicides in the past 10 years,” said Tiwari.

As the NDA II marked its first year in the power, 1306 farmers committed suicide as reported by official statistics. The five million agrarian communities of the state witnessed 448 suicides in the first 140 days of 2015 and the trend has been on the rise, Tiwari told IANS.

“Various factors like the previous year’s crises, including irreparable damage to Kharif and Rabi crops, drastic climatic changes resulting in heavy droughts and floods coupled with hailstorms, and market recessions acted as catalyst in the steady increase of suicide rates,” said Tiwari.

“Farmers don’t find any interest in the grand celebration of PM Modi’s first anniversary where over three million cotton farmers and two million tribal families continue to battle starvation in the fields of Vidarbha,” he said.

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Twitter Celebrates Gandhi Jayanti

The micro-blogging site has also celebrated India's Independence Day, Republic Day, Diwali and International Day of Yoga with customised emojis.

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Twitter India on Tuesday celebrated 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with the announcement of a new customised “Gandhi Emoji”.

The “Gandhi Emoji” was officially launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the micro-blogging site, which features a caricature of the Father of the Nation.

“Users in India and across the world can use the “Gandhi Emoji” by using the hashtags #GandhiJayanti, #MKGandhi, #BapuAt150, #MahatmaGandhi, #MyGandhigiri, #MahatmaAt150, #NexusOfGood, among others,” Twitter India in a statement.

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The emoji will be live until October 8. It is available on both the actual app and Twitter Lite.

The micro-blogging site has also celebrated India’s Independence Day, Republic Day, Diwali and International Day of Yoga with customised emojis. (IANS)

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