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Farmers commit suicide after freak storms destroy crops
Report dated 20/03/2014 @ 2:25 PM
A number of farmers have committed suicide in Maharashtra state, after freak hailstorms and rains destroyed crops worth millions of dollars.
Sources from the Maharashtra chief minister's office said 7 suicides were confirmed and more were killed by the storm, but activists say the real figures are higher at 32 farmer suicides across the state.
Grape farmers were the worst hit, and crops of fruits such as mango, papaya, lime and watermelon were also badly hit.
Ahead of the general elections the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is due to visit the troubled area. A delegation of ministers from Maharashtra met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and demanded around $800 million dollars in relief towards damage caused by the freak weather.
BJP files complaint against Kejriwal for Modi bashing
Report dated 18/03/2014 @ 1:28 PM
Alleging that AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal violated the code of conduct, BJP leader S Suresh Kumar said they have filed a complaint with the Election Commission, saying Kejriwal has violated various laws under the Indian Penal Code and the Representation of People Act.
Kumar said Kejriwal made defamatory, derogatory and false statements against Narendra Modi during his speech at Freedom Park in Bangalore and requested the EC take stringent action against him.
Kumar also accused Kejriwal of abusing former chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda and other leaders of the BJP without any basis.
45% of new MBA graduates chose entrepreneurship
Report dated 18/03/2014 @ 12:53 PM
A worldwide survey conducted among some 21000 alumni at 132 institutions from 129 countries has found that 45% of business school graduates from who graduated between 2010 and 2013 choose to strike out on their own and prefer self-employment.
The survey was conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council, that conducts the GMAT exam for admission to over 6000 graduate management programmes worldwide.
The US remains the most preferred job location with Chinese and Indians taking the lead, as it found that a quarter of B-school alumni across the world except for US grads, do not work within their own country. The US pays the highest mid, senior and executive-level salaries, and India is among the lowest on the scale for pay packages for B-school alumni.
The survey also found that finance and accounting has been the dominating sector, overtaking general management. Marketing, sales and consulting are new areas of aspiration.
Execution of 2 Delhi gang rape convicts stayed
Report dated 17/03/2014 @ 1:50 PM
The Supreme Court has stayed the death sentence of two of the four men convicted of the fatal gang-rape of a student in Delhi, an attack that sparked weeks of protests in the country.
The execution of Mukesh Singh and Pawan Gupta has been suspended while an appeal of their conviction is heard.
Gupta and Singh had appealed to the Supreme Court after the High Court upheld the death penalty handed to the four men convicted of the gang rape of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student last September.
The Supreme Court was told the other two men convicted of the crime, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur had not approached the apex court to appeal the High Court ruling. A fifth suspect had been discovered dead in jail last year of a suspected suicide. The sixth member of the rapist gang, a juvenile at the time of the crime, is serving a three year sentence.
AIIMS nurse commits suicide in Delhi
Report dated 17/03/2014 @ 1:34 PM
Nurse Moily Siddi, 45, who worked at AIIMS committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her home in south Delhi.
Siddi left a suicide note saying she was depressed because she was transferred to another department.
Siddi's husband Shiv Vachan found her when he returned with their two children, from a shopping spree to buy Holi goodies.