dalits have taken shelter at a government school in the village. KRS's demands included permanent alternative shelter for the dalits who lost their houses in the incident, withdrawal of cases filed against the victims, legal action against Turvihal Police Sub Inspector and Sindhanur Rural Circle Inspector and a judicial probe into the case. Ramesh Patil, S Rajashekhar and other functionaries of KRS and the homeless dalits, including children and aged, were present at the media conference
On 8th April Corporate Dalal Narendra Modi's effigy was burnt and New Land Acquisition Bill -2015 burnt jointly by activists of CPI(ML) Red Star and Basti Surakshya Mancha at Bhubaneswar. After burning the effigies an activists meeting was held to make grand success this All India Protest Week. Peasants' protest demonstration took place before Aska Tahasil office and in other districts of Odish aalso campaigning started. Posters were put up and leaflets distributed at Khurda, Ganjam, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Nayagarh, Dhenkanal and Korpaut districts. The week-long campaign culminated on April 15 with programmes at many places. A protest rally and demonstration was organized by the Bhubaneswar Area Committee of CPI(ML) Red Star. The effigy of Narendra Modi was burnt at Mahatma Gandhi Marg
A 5-member delegation led by Comrade Chintamani Moharana met and submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Odisha demanding scrapping of the Land Acquisition Bill. Central Committee member Comrade Pramila, State Committee Member Comrade Bijaya Barik and others spoke at the protest meeting held there. On the same day, Ganjam District Committee organized a rally and protest demonstration at Berhampur and also burnt an effigy of Narendra Modi. A memorandum was submitted to the RDC, Berhampur. Another protest meeting, led by State Secretary Comrade Sivaram, was held at Badamba, Cuttack. The Party State Committee has started a signature collection campaign against the Land Acquisition Bill, which is to be submitted to the President of India.
The 'Campaign against Land Acquisition', Odisha (Jami Adhigrahan Virodhi Abhiyaan, Odisha) organized a joint mass demonstration demanding scrapping of the anti-people, pro-corporate Land Acquisition Bill at Bhubaneswar on April 10. Thousands of people, mainly peasants, agricultural workers, dalit and tribal people from different anti-displacement movements, slum dwellers and other oppressed sections, representing various mass organizations like AIKKS, Krishak Mahasabha, Odisha Krushak Sabha, Akhil Bharat Kishan Mazdoor Sabha, Chasi Mulia Sangha, Odisha, Posco Pratirodha Sangram Samiti and Akhil Bharat Krishak Mahasabha participated in the protest rally and dharna at Lower PMG, Bhubaneswar. The rally began from Bhubaneswar railway station and reached the Lower PMG dharna ground where public meeting was held. Leaders of the different mass organization like Abhay Sahu, Jagannath Mishra, Jayant Bhoi, Sekh Abdul Wali, Sankar Sahu, Narayan Reddy, Pramila Behera, Henarani Barik, Braja Tripathy, Balgopal Mishra, Kisan Pattnayak, Bhagaban Majhi, Sini Sai, Narendra Mohanty, Balaraj Gemel, Satya Banchhor, Tapan Mishra and others spoke about the anti-people nature of thebill and called for a massive democratic movement against this draconian bill. The leaders declared thatthe movement would be spread all over the state,10 lakh signatures collected against the bill and a3-day protest programme held in front of all district collectors' offices and also block headquarters from25th April. A team led by Suresh Panigrahi, Rabi Das, Abhya Sahu, Narendra Mohanty, Pramila Behera, Kishan Pattnaik and others submitted a memorandum for the President of India to the Governor of Odisha.
Though detailed reports are still not received, there are reports from many states including,
Kerala, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Telengana, AP, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, MP, Jharkhabd, Bengal, Punjab also about a number of protest programs preceded by campaigns. Almost all the committees have decided to continue these protest actions in different forms to compel the Modi government to retrace its steps. In the present situation, the peasantry and the progressive forces who are opposed to corporate-mafia raj has only one option before them: oppose the adoption of this bill and even if it is adopted by the parliament or is going to be imposed through re-issuing ordinances, come out in the streets and intensify the struggle to have it revoked. This is exactly what is happening all over the country. After the CC of CPI(ML) Red Star gave a call to launch a countrywide movement against the Land Acquisition Bill from 8th to 15th April, all party committees have been actively involved in it. There are reports of campaigns, effigy burnings, public meetings etc. from many places. Intensify movement against Modi's Land Acquisition Bill. The party has called for continuing the campaign and struggles wherever possible
In 2014, the state had reported 1,981 farmer suicides. In just three months this year, it has reached 30% of that figure. This despite the state government's claims that halting farmer suicides is its top priority The suicide rate had already started climbing with the onset of the drought last year. The unseasonal rain which impacted a wide expanse of crops and continues to pound the state has made things worse.
The cotton belt of Vidarbha - from where chief minister Devendra Fadnavis hails - continues to report the highest number of cases, the data shows. More than half the suicides between January and March - 319 in all — were from Vidarbha. The arid zone of Marathwada reported the second-highest number, with 215 cases. These regions were worst hit by the drought and have also been impacted by unseasonal rain.
Farmers say the state's Rs 4,000 crore drought relief package translated into a very small sum per farmer since as many as 90 lakh farmers were impacted. It works out to just around Rs 1,875 an acre. Also, banks continued to demand repayments from farmers despite instructions from the state to restructure loans. The low price of crops and the lack of bank credit to farmers - which underpin the larger crisis in the farm sector - have not been addressed by the government. According to studies made, while it costs Rs 6,800 to grow a quintal of cotton, the sale price fixed by the government is Rs 4,000. So even without a drought, farmers were in debt
Modi has infused fresh life into Dassault. The 36 jet fighters alone have given the loss-making French company a new lease of life, with costs for India now expected to touch new heights. The maintenance and sustenance of the 36 aircraft that will now be done by Dassault with a price attached, will rev up the figures substantially as spare parts and the infrastructure to do so will be required for at least 40 years.
The initial tender for the 126 jet fighters was floated by the Ministry of Defence in 2007. Dassault was selected after the usual procedure to supply the Rafale jet fighters at an estimated cost of $ 20 billion. Under the agreement it was decided that 18 of the fighters would be supplied in 'ready to fly' condition, and the remaining 108 manufactured with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in India. The deal got bogged down over differences centering around the French resistance to the Indian demand that Dassault take responsibility for the HAL produced fighters and stand guarantee for the same. Modi's announcement in France, however, has not clarified the fate of the original deal. Hence the informed speculation that the deal can now be turned away from the public sector participation from the Indian end, to private collaboration between Reliance and Dassault. Reliance's Mukesh Ambani who was present in France had already signed an agreement with Dassault in 2012 after Rafale was selected to supply the fighter jets. Dassault Aviation in a statement at the time had admitted entering into a MoU with Reliance Industries Ltd for pursuing strategic opportunities of collaboration in the area of complex manufacturing and support in India. Modi, it is apparent, is as keen to help Dassault amass profits as he is to help Reliance further inflate its millions.