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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A Mirage-2000 fighter jet of Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully landed on the Yamuna Expressway on Thursday. The exercise was a part of trials to use national highways for emergency landings.

“The IAF has been considering the use of national highways for emergency landing by fighter aircrafts,” an IAF official said, as reported by IANS.

The official added that the capability was displayed by the Mirage-2000, which got airborne from a base in ‘central India’.

“The exercise was done in coordination with district administration of Agra and Mathura, and all necessary security preparations were in place”, reported IANS.

As per media reports, a stretch of the Agra-Lucknow expressway in Uttar Pradesh is set to become a road runway for fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF). This will be a first one for military aviation in the country.

Reportedly, IAF will also bear the expenditure of the project.

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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

Protests on the rise

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)