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Special to The Express: Empower the farmer, don’t politicise his helplessness

September 25, 2020 10:19:43 am

Farmers, Farm bills, Farmers protests, protests over farm bills, Punjab farmers, Punjab news, Indian expressThe farming sector has always had to encounter hardships, because of many political decisions. (File)

Written by Bubbu Tir

“Thank God, there are farmers, or human beings would have to do farming too!”

I grew up, listening to this line, amidst exasperated sighs.

Why so, pray? In the farming community, one never really sutures ties with the land, whether or not it’s a matter of sustenance or livelihood. One remains rooted, in every sense of the term. Farming requires endless, tireless hardwork and unquestioning patience. You can neither bribe the weather out of its vagaries, nor cheat on the required time. You can’t manipulate the fertility of the land either and can’t even hope for the equation to gravitate towards profits, if any.

Farming ...

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U.S. congressional testimony of Homeland whistleblower postponed until next week

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – A U.S. House of Representatives committee has postponed the deposition of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whistleblower, saying the department had dragged its feet to help the official prepare for his testimony.

In a statement released late on Thursday, Democratic intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff said the panel would reschedule the deposition of former DHS intelligence chief Brian Murphy until next week because DHS has delayed security clearances for his lawyers and barred Murphy from reviewing classified materials.

After DHS removed Murphy as its acting intelligence chief earlier this summer, he filed a whistleblower complaint claiming that top department officials had pressured him to stop providing assessments of the threat of Russian ...

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Indian Premier League 2020 | Chennai rides on Rayudu and new recruits to trump Mumbai

Dhoni completes 100 victories for CSK as skipper, becomes the first to do so in the lead a team to 100 victories

Mahendra Singh Dhoni hasn’t lost an ounce of his leadership acumen even after a 437-day hiatus as his battle-hardened Chennai Super Kings, in the manner so typical of them, trumped Mumbai Indians in the IPL opener on Saturday.

Ambati Rayudu (71 off 48 balls) blazed his way and Faf du Plessis (55 not out off 44 balls) more than made up for Suresh Raina’s absence at No. 3, helping CSK chase down a tricky 163-run target in 19.2 overs overs and with five wickets to spare.

It wasn’t a jam-packed Wankhede rooting for the Mumbai Indians nor was it the passionate Chepauk stands with its Yellow Army in full fervour...

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Telangana HC orders re-postmortem examination of three slain Maoists

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad | September 25, 2020 9:42:13 am

hyderabad news, telangana maoist attack, Telangana maoist killing, Telangana High court, Telanagana Maoist postmortem, telangana chhattisgarh maoists newsThe three were killed, according to the police, in a crossfire that took place at the Chennapuram forest area of Cherla Mandal in the district. (Representational)

The Telangana High Court has ordered a re-postmortem examination of the three alleged Maoists, including two women, who were killed in an ‘exchange of fire’ with the police in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district on Wednesday evening. The three were killed, according to the police, in a crossfire that took place at the Chennapuram forest area of Cherla Mandal in the district.

The state government has been now directed to form a team of forensic experts from MGM hospital, Warangal...

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Prep report: East boys sweep Denfeld in soccer

Grady Downs and Duncan Zentz scored goals and Duluth East blanked the high-powered Duluth Denfeld offense for the second time this season in a 2-0 high school boys soccer victory Thursday night at Public Schools Stadium.

Downs scored in the first half and Zentz followed in the second half for the Greyhounds (7-1), who beat the Hunters (5-2) earlier this month. Denfeld averages 5.0 goals per game.

Rhys Cameron scored the lone goal as the visiting Thunderhawks posted their first Lake Superior Conference victory since joining the league this fall.

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Lucy Campbell netted the lone goal in the 70th minute and goalkeepers Natalie Welinski and Katie Pollard combined on the host Hilltoppers sixth shutout this season.

Allie Anderson had one goal in each half to lead the host Hawks past the ...

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Reed gets his nose in front

Masters winner Patrick Reed closed with a birdie to grab a one-stroke lead over Bryson DeChambeau after Friday’s second round of the US Open.

Tenth-ranked Reed hit only five fairways but relied on an impressive short game to shoot a level par 70 and stand on four-under 136 after 36 holes.

Day’s best

Ninth-ranked DeChambeau sweated out a two-under 68, the day’s low round thanks to a closing eagle at nine, to stand on 137.

Spain’s Rafael Cabrera Bello and American Harris English, each chasing a first Major title, shot 70 to share third on 138 with American Justin Thomas, the 2017 PGA Championship winner who followed a 65, the lowest US Open round ever at Winged Foot, with a 73.

American Jason Kokrak was sixth on 139, the only other player under par overall after a 71.

Fourth-ranked Rory ...

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Subsidy eating into resources, Punjab may run agri tube wells on solar power

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | September 25, 2020 8:12:59 am

Manpreet Singh Badal, Punjab budget, Hoshiarpur news, punjab news, indian express newsPunjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal

Burdened by a fat bill of free farm power worth Rs 6500 crore every year, Punjab is mulling switching its 14 lakh pump sets on solar power with a financial implication of upto Rs 80,000 crore.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Thursday constituted a committee of Financial Commissioner (Development), Anirudh Tewari, Financial Commissioner (Taxation) A Venu Prasad and Finance Secretary KAP Sinha to study the viability of the plan and submit recommendations within a month.

Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, who is pushing for the plan, told The Indian Express that if all goes well, the state would be able to shake off the yearly burden of Rs 6,500 crore towards free ...

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Louisville anti-racism protests resume amid tensions over Breonna Taylor ruling

As a curfew went into effect after dark and police declared an unlawful assembly, a group of 200 to 300 protesters who had marched through the city for hours retreated to the grounds of the First Unitarian Church, set aside by organizers as a sanctuary near the Ohio River waterfront.

Some of the marchers had smashed windows of several local businesses, and even a hospital, along the way, according to a Reuters journalist. But the scene outside the church contrasted sharply with violence that flared the previous night in Kentucky’s largest city.

A protester clashes with police after a grand jury considering the March killing of Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker, in her home in Louisville, Kentucky, voted to indict one of three white police officers for wanton endangerment, in Louisville on Sept. 23. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

A protester clashes with police after a grand jury considering the March killing of Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker, in her home in Louisville, Kentucky, voted to indict one of three white police officers for wanton endangerment, in Lou...

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Djokovic in semifinals

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic dropped a set before fighting off German qualifier Dominik Koepfer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Rome Masters on Saturday.

The Serbian next plays Norway’s Casper Ruud, who earlier battled past Italian fourth seed Matteo Berrettini 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5).

Meanwhile on Friday, Rafael Nadal swept aside Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals as he warms up for the final Grand Slam of the season at Roland Garros.

In the women’s section, top seed Simona Halep took the first semifinal 6-2, 2-0 when Kazakh rival Yulia Putintseva retired during their match on Saturday.

The results: Men: Quarterfinals: Casper Ruud bt Matteo Berrettini 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5); Novak Djokovic bt Dominik Koepfer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Third round: Dominik Koepfer bt Lorenzo Musetti ...

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2 suspended for oxygen supply issues at Jammu hospital

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: September 25, 2020 7:26:37 am

J&K news, J&K coronavirus latest updates, J&K GMCH hospital, J&K government hospital oxygen supply, J&K GMCH oxygen supply issues, J&K GMCH suspensionThe inquiry report noted that “there had been complete lack of coordination between the hospital administration and its mechanical engineering wing’’. (Representational/Express photo)

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday suspended two officials involved in the supply of oxygen to Covid-19 patients at the Government Medical College Hospital.

Tejinder Singh Soodan, an executive engineer in Mechanical Engineering Department’s Hospital Division and Dr Deepak Kumar, incharge Deputy Medical Superintendent of the super specialty hospital have been suspended.

While Soodan was entrusted with proper maintenance of the oxygen regulating system in patient care areas, Kumar was responsible for managin...

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