Three farmers from Yavatmal district in Maharashtra filed a civilian suit in a court in Basel, Switzerland on Thursday, seeking monetary compensation against global agrochemical giant Syngenta headquartered in Basel.
Among the applicants are two women who, they claim, lost their husbands to pesticide poisoning while spraying Syngentas pesticide Polo on cotton fields in 2017, In the same year about 700 cases of pesticide poisoning were reported in the Yavatmal district.
The case is also supported by the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Public Eye, and PAN Asia Pacific.
ECCHRs Senior Legal Advisor Christian Schliemann-Radbruch said the individual claim of one of the widows runs to about ₹24 lakh.
He said while the other widow also claims a similar amount, the third farmer, who is a victim himself, is eligible for a comparatively lower claim.
PAN India Adviser Narasimha Reddy said that the above pesticide has been banned in Switzerland hence PAN India wants it to be banned in India and feels the applicants should be compensated.
Farmer leader and the Convenor of Maharashtra Association of Pesticide Poisoned Persons (MAPPP), Devanand Pawar who is also a co-applicant in the case said, The pesticides from Syngenta have destroyed many lives in Maharashtra. The three most marginalised victims have approached the court.
Pawar, who’s the General Secretary of Maharashtra Pradesh Kisan Congress, added, Their names are being withheld so that they do not come under any kind of pressure. MAPPP wants Polo pesticide to be banned in India as soon as possible.
If you’re happy the way things are running in Congress, vote for Mallikarjun Kharge: Shashi Tharoor
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in an interaction at Dialogue @ Nation Next, speaks about Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and his Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President against senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge and much more.
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BREAKING: Bombay High Court grants bail to Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case
Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to former Maharashtra Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh (72) in money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). However, Deshmukh would continue to be lodged in judicial custody in Arthur Road jail as he is also being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an alleged corruption case.
Justice NJ Jamadar pronounced the order at 2.30 pm on Tuesday afternoon. While senior Advocate Vikram Chaudhari with advocate Aniket Nikam appeared for Deshmukh, a team of Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh with Advocates Aditya Thakker, Shreeram Shirsat and Amandeep Sra appeared for the central agency.
The bail was granted on a surety amount of ₹1 lakh. The ED has sought a stay on the operation of the order for two weeks. Deshmukh’s lawyers said that considering the former’s health and the fact that he had no criminal antecedents, he should be granted bail.
Deshmukh and his associates have been investigated for alleged corruption between 2019 and 2021. Deshmukh was arrested in November 2021.
And that’s how a film is made – Kantara shows the way! | Movie review
Social media is buzzing with one word today and that word is Kantara! Yes, another Kannada film after KGF that has caught the people’s fancy and how. In fact, this one goes a notch higher than KGF – because the film has been released only in Kannada with English subtitles and yet – the movie is capturing the hearts of people across India and the world.
From California, London and Berlin to cities across India, high praise is pouring in for the Rishab Shetty starrer and the actor-director’s Twitter feed is testimony to this. Ordinary cine-goers are putting screenshots of housefull bookings, sharing videos of people clapping and whistling in theatres and then profusely thanking the star for making this film.
So, what’s this film about? Kantara (which means forest in Sanskrit) stands out because it has powerful storytelling at its core. It is rooted in local folklore, has the right amount of action and adventure and comes with a social message too. Man versus nature, native customs and local politics, which spans three timelines and a climax that’s to die for, is what the film’s about. Add to this some superlative performances by the cast, a stellar background score by B Ajaneesh Loknath and mind-blowing cinematography by Arvind S Kashyap that serenades Karnataka’s rustic locales and you have what can be called the perfect recipe for a blockbuster film. Telling you more will just be a spoiler! So, what are you waiting for? Go watch!