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Make the contents of Defence Framework Agreement with US public: CPI-M


Sitaram Yechuri

New Delhi: The CPI-M on Monday asked the government to make public the contents of the 10-year Defence Framework Agreement with the US.

In a letter sent to Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, CPI-M general secretary, Sitaram Yechury said he (Parrikar) signed the agreement.

“The reports about this agreement have also appeared in the media. However, the text of the agreement has so far not been made public,” said the Communist Party of India-Marxist leader.

“Last time, such a Defence Framework Agreement was signed in June 2005. At that time, the text of the agreement was available in the public domain within a few days.

“Since this is an important agreement concerning defence and security ties, I request you to release the text of the agreement for public information,” Yechury said. (IANS)

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Madhya Pradesh Waives off $5.3Bn in Farm Debt

The western state of Maharashtra and northern state of Uttar Pradesh, both ruled by the BJP, announced similar loan waivers last year.

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Farmers march towards the parliament house during a rally to protest soaring farm operating costs and plunging prices of their produce, in New Delhi, India. VOA

The new leader of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is to waive up to $5.3 billion of farm loans, becoming the latest area to offer relief ahead of a national election next year as farmers reel from losses caused by falling crop prices.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party lost the central state to Congress last week dealing Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014 and boosting the opposition ahead of the vote next year.

Congress leader Kamal Nath, who became chief minister of the state on Monday, decided to write off farmers’ loans up to 200,000 rupees, according to a notification.

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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

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Farmers’ protests have been rising in past months due to the fall in crop prices and a rise in the cost of diesel and fertilizer.

Nearly 3.4 million farmers will benefit from the loan waiver, which is likely to cost between 350 billion rupees ($4.9 billion) to 380 billion rupees ($5.3 billion), Rajesh Rajora, the state’s principal secretary for agriculture, told Reuters.

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The western state of Maharashtra and northern state of Uttar Pradesh, both ruled by the BJP, announced similar loan waivers last year. (VOA)