Supreme Court to hear Rajasthan, MP govts’ appeals against Padmaavat release

On Monday, the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh state governments moved the apex court challenging its January 18 order on Monday letting the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ on January 25th. A bench headed by Chief justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud approved to hear the plea on Tuesday.

The interim applications of both the states looking for a change in the Supreme Court order allowing exhibition of the movie. The states alleged that section 6 of the Cinematograph Act allows them to stop showing of any controversial film on the grounds of probable violation of law and order. Appearing for Viacom 18 producers of the Bhansali’s Padmaavat, the senior advocate Harish Salve disinclined immediate hearing on any such interim submissions. The top court, on the other hand, decided to hear the applications on Tuesday. On January 25, the top court had made the road clear for the nationwide release of ‘Padmaavat’ by settling the ban on its showing in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The court also suppressed other states from issuing any such notification or order of banning the screening of the Deepika Padukone-starrer film.

Despite the fact that Madhya Pradesh and Haryana governments have not issued any formal order so far. However, it has been declared that the screening of the film won’t be allowed in these states. The top court, however, preserved that the states were under a constitutional duty to maintain law and order. It also added that this duty also contains giving police protection to people who are involved in the film, its exhibition and the audience watching it.

MPSOS Releases Ruk Jana Nahi Admit card, Exams Start from December 8

Ruk Jana Nahi exam is schedule to be start from 8th of December. Ruk Jana Nahi Admit Card has been issued by MPSOS i.e. Madhya Pradesh State Open School. Students who have applied for Ruk Jana Nahi exams are either from class 10th or class 12th. On 15th December Class 10th exam will be over and on December 20th will be the last day for class 12th.

As per report from the source, approximately 51,000 students will be appearing in both class 10th and class 12th exam fro Ruk Jana Nahi exam. Out of which 32,400 will be appearing for class 10th and rest 17,600 will be appearing for class 12th. Ruk Jana Nahi Admit Card can be downloaded from the official board website and exams will be conducted in 93 schools across whole Madhya Pradesh.

Ruk Jana Nahi Admit Card December 2017

The first paper that will be on 8th December will be of Social Science subject, last subject on 15th December will be of General Language Hindi. Same like class 12th the first exam will be of Special Language that will be conducted on December 8th and last will be on 20th December of Sanskrit. Rest of the details can be checked on official website and with that only Admit Card Ruk Jana Nahi can also be downloaded.

Ruk Jana Nahi program was specially launched for the failed students in class 10th and 12th. Its was launched by State Educational Department. The exams for class 10th i.e. Secondary and class 12th Higher Secondary are conducted annually by Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE). As per regular candidates 7,94,000 students appeared in 2016-17 session. Out of 7,94000 students on 50% were able to clear the exam. In class 12th 5,43,000 students we appeared in an exam but only 67% could pass the exam. This year on 12th May MPBSE declared the result for both class 10th and 12th. This year earlier Ruk Jana Nahi exam was conducted in June.

Ruk Jana Nahi Admit Card for December 2017 have now been made available on official website like Registered candidates can download from there. For any assistance candidates can comment and ask.

Madhya Pradesh assembly passes law giving death for raping girls below 12

On Monday, the Madhya Pradesh Assembly unanimously pass a law that awards death penalty to rapists who rape minors aged 12 or below, ANI reported. This move came after a week the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Madhya Pradesh Cabinet approved amendments to the Public Safety Bill. The bill will be now sent to the Centre and President Ram Nath Kovind for consent.

The bill offers death penalty or a minimum of 14-year jail term or life imprisonment for those convicted of raping 12-year-old children or below. The Indian Express reported that the bill also has some strict punishment for stalking, disrobing or sex on the excuse of a marriage. As per ANI, the CM Chouhan said in the state assembly that “Those who rape innocent young girls are not humans but demons. They do not have a right to live”. Chouhan further added that frequent stalking will be a non-bailable offense and will be given stern punishment. This move came following the National Crime Records Bureau’s latest report revealed that MP recorded the highest number of rape cases in 2016. In the total rape cases of 38,497 reported in the country in 2016, Madhya Pradesh alone witnessed 4,882 cases.

Unveiling the Vyapam Scam

The Vyavasaik Pariksha Mandal, popularly known as the Vyapam in Madhya Pradesh, is a self financed autonomous institution that conducts various recruitment exams for jobs, medical courses, engineering and other professional courses.

The institution had been tainted with the rigging of exams being conducted for entry into the medical courses and various other jobs under the state government. This scam was unearthed by a journalist of a local hindi newspaper in Devas district. This revelation was not the first occasion when irregularities had come to light. In 2005, 2009, and 2011, there were several reports lodged with various police stations across the state to look into the matter of faulty merit list and scrutiny results declared by Vyapam. This mater was probed and there was no evidence traced to an organised cartel running the fair.

The state machinery was not set into motion despite repeated reports in the media alleging irregularities and the complaints. A committee though was set up in 2009 to look into the alleged irregularities in the medical exams, the outcome of the inquiry came in the year 2011, where it was revealed that there were several ‘Munna Bhais’ and impersonation was routine.

It was the first time the government was also told that there may be some officials involved in the scam. The government responded by assuring students who were proved to have been using fraudulent means to be rusticated from the respective courses. Yet this just remained the tip of the iceberg.

In 2013 when a racket of over 50 people being involved in the PMT exam that year was unearthed by the MP STF, there came information about the following recruitment exams being rigged as well; which were Pre-PG, Food Inspector Selection Test, Milk Federation test, Subedar-Sub Inspector and Platoon Commander Selection Test and Police Constable Recruitment Test, in the year 2012.

The Vyapam scam further was given another cool off when the state government handed over a thorough investigation into the scam to the STF. The STF and the media utilised the cool off and no report was made until in 2015 a journalist was found murdered who had credible information about the Vyapam scam.

The Vyapam scam further saw deaths of government officials and police inspectors also. There has not yet been any solid action on the part of the authorities. Today, the case is being dealt over by the CBI, yet the proceedings are going at a snail’s speed.

Further the ex-Minister for Education with the Government of MP, Laxmikant Sharma was the key man who resigned following incrimination charges. The minister was the top most officer of the government in-charge for the Vyapam, and he disclosed names of several other officers.

The blame games have continued and the whole incident has put the reign of Shivraj Singh Chouhan in MP in deep waters. Shivraj Singh on his part as not taken any moral responsibility and has claimed that he is not involved in the high-profile scam, yet the number of deaths that ensued in the aftermath of the disclosure and threats to whistleblowers that came to light indicate a different picture.

The case needs to be independently monitored by an opposition led fact-finding committee of the MP Vidhan Sabha, and must have on board investigative journalists to ensure transparency. The CBI must put the issue at its priority and give results as the time is running by, lest there will be another incident of justice delayed-justice denied.

Distortion of history will not be tolerated, says MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Padmavati

The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced on Monday that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial flick ‘Padmavati’ will not be allowed to release in the state as it misrepresented history. After listening to several organizations belonging to Rajput community who met him at his official residence and asked for a movie ban, the chief minister came to the conclusion that the film will not be released in Madhya Pradesh.

“We have been reading about the queen’s sacrifice from childhood. Distortion of history will not be tolerated,” the chief minister said. He further added that the film won’t be released until the objectionable scenes are removed he will not allow the film to be released across the state. Earlier to it, the UP government had told I&B Ministry that the film may have an “adverse effect” on law and order in UP. The Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi, at the same time, had also criticized very harshly the makers for letting the film to be screened for several media channels before getting a certificate from the board. The Padmavati row is getting uglier day by day and Bhansali’s film has also been postponed for the same reason.

Did India Really Face With 3.1 Lakh Crore Farmer's Loan Waiver? Will it Really Help?

As the demands for farm loan waivers is rapidly increasing across Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat, after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra wrote off loans worth Rs 36,359 crore and Rs 30,000 crore simultaneously, India faces a growing loan waiver of Rs 3.1 lakh or 2.6 percent of its GDP in 2016-17. On this scale of waiver, one could pay for the 2017 rural roads budget 16 times over or 443,000 warehouses or increase India’s irrigation potential as a result of 55 percent more than the success of the last 60 years.

While such waivers could give aid to 32.8 million indebted farmers, an IndiaSpeed analysis of the effect of past farm loan waivers shows that such bailouts are band-aids of doubtful viability and don’t address a deeper profound fascinating the agrarian economy. Over the past nine years to March 2017, the central and state governments waived Rs 88,988 crore in loans to 48.6 million farmers. The countrywide Rs 52,000 crore loan waiver declared by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in 2008 occupies the mass of this figure. The major focus of waivers is to battle with suicide by farmers, actually rooted by extensive indebtedness. On the other hand, our analysis shows that this had little or no impact on suicide rates, probably because of 32.5 percent on average, or 79.38 million, small and marginal farmers across India depending on the informal sources of credit.

Indian Farmer

In the meanwhile, loan waivers have led to an increase in the non-performing resources of banks, especially public-sector banks, and are probably going to have an important bearing on the state and national financial deficits. According to a 2015 study on NPAs in priority-sector lending in India’s public and private banks, published in the International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), In 2013, agricultural non-performing assets (NPAs) represented around 41.8% percent of “priority sector”, which also contains micro and small enterprises, affordable housing and understudy loans-NPAs in public and private bank-ups from 25% in 2009.       For example, Maharashtra’s Rs 30,000 crore farm loan waiver for small and marginal farmers will increase the state’s monetary deficiency to 2.71%, which is three-fourths higher than the budgeted deficit of 1.53% of the gross state domestic product (GSDP) for the current financial year, as per this 2017 report by ratings agency India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra).

Around 85% of all operational farm holdings in India are less than two hectares in size, as IndiaSpend written about it on June 8, 2017. The owners of these contractual farms find it hard to use modern machinery and are frequently too poor to bear the cost of farm equipment. Physical labor increases costs and size and output further limits access to loans and institutional costs. On an average note, 33% of Indian small and marginal farmers have access to institutional credit. It means close to 10.6 million of 32.6 million small and marginal farmers in the eight states asking loan waivers could profit from debts being written off. According to the 2011 agricultural census and the National Sample Survey Office’s 2013 situation assessment survey of farm households, the latest available data, the other 22.1 million farmers rely on moneylenders and relatives for borrowings.

Indian Farmer

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, in 2007, before the UPA’s loan waiver for thirty million farmers across states, 16,379 Indian farmers committed suicide. On fourth of these suicides (4,238) were only from Maharashtra. The state government guaranteed an additional waiver of Rs 6208 crore in 2009, the year after the loan-waiver was announced. It led to a drop in farm suicides in India’s wealthiest state by GDP, but in 2010, suicides increased again by 6.2%. By 2015, Maharashtra recorded 4,291 suicides, which was also its highest ever, representing 34% of such deaths across the nation, as per the latest available NCRB data. After India’s first major farm-loan waiver of Rs 10,000 crore in 1990-announced by a Janata Party government driven by then Prime Minister V P Singh, it took nearly nine years for banks to recover, as reported in the Economic and Political Weekly in April 2008.

According to a 2005 study, since the 2008 farm-loan, from Rs 7,149 crore in 2009 to Rs 30,200 crore in 2013. These NPAs influence the credibility of loaning institutions. Shares of banks fell 4% after Maharashtra declared its loan waiver. A 2017 Kotak Institutional Equities report said that with public-sector banks (PSBs) representing for the main share of farm credit – 52 percent in Maharashtra, followed by 32 percent from co-operative banks and 12 percent in private banks, these PSBs are “more vulnerable”. It is a clear sign that loan-waiver alone can’t solve India’s agrarian crisis. The data also show that a more-than-necessary focus on agricultural credit, as other key issues stays unaddressed. Over a decade to 2014-15, as institutional credit in agriculture grew 547%, from Rs 1.25 lakh crore to Rs 8.45 lakh crore, rural road construction, which increases access and encourages agricultural income and gainful employment, grew 10.5%, according to the 2016 research paper.

According to a 2015 IJSR paper, about 7 percent of India’s total grain output, 10% of seeds and between 25% and 40% of fruits and vegetable overall a third of farm harvest spoils, are wasted each year on the silly reasons that there isn’t sufficient storage and supply-chain infrastructure. Irrigation has progressively important in a period of environmental change, which has failed Indian farming. Near about 47.6% of India’s farms are irrigated, as IndiaSpend reported on June 8, 2017, and the decadal development in the net-watered zone was 0.3%, according to the Ministry of Agriculture data. The check the effect of market changes, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian suggested enhancing the “procurement capacity” or money available to buy farm produce – of states, lifting export bans, raising stock limits and including “risks and externalities” as enclosing the minimum support prices (MSP) for various produce.

Farmer Protest: Rahul Gandhi’s Detained in Madhya Pradesh For Politicizing The Matter

As we all know that the protest of farmers in Madhya Pradesh for higher support prices for their produces and others, turned violent after five farmers in the state were killed in police firing on Tuesday. How can we not expect politicians playing some politics on it? And that’s what happened today, the Congress Vice-President with full pack started his journey by flying to Rajasthan’s Udaipur and then driving in a group towards Mandsaur, which is around 180 km away. But the interesting part was that the Congress Vice-President was detained by the police before he could try to enter Madhya Pradesh for a visit to Mandsaur.

With many senior party leaders and party workers, Rahul and his team were shouting slogans in the favor of the farmers. Rahul Gandhi drastically switched his car for a bike, confronting police barricades, and lastly started going on foot before he was stopped and taken to a temporary jail. With hundreds of Congress workers and senior leaders like Rajasthan Congress Chief Sachin Pilot, Madhya Pradesh legislator Jaiwardhan Singh also followed the arrest. A police official said that they were being taken to a guest house of a cement company. It all started when the Gandhi’s car was stopped near the border, the Congress Vice-president immediately jumped on a bike in the crush of security personnel, Congress workers, policemen, and journalists.

The Congress leaders were stopped again around 3 kilometers from the border, and then Rahul left the bike and started fast walking, and was also seen arguing heatedly with policemen. The Congress workers were shouting slogans in support of their leader. Gandhi also broke through police barricades at the border and tried to brisk walk through nearby fields but was stopped. Criticizing the BJP government in both states, he tweeted about his journey as well. “Raj & MP Govt’s are doing their best to prevent me from entering MP & meeting the families of the #farmers killed in #Mandsaur. What law of the land says that it is illegal to stand in solidarity with farmers who were killed simply for demanding what is their right?” Gandhi tweeted in his two tweets.

On this Morning, the police also cleared that they will not let Rahul Gandhi and his party leaders enter Mandsaur as there’s an around-the-clock curfew is in force after the violence. Around 700 policemen were tasked with making it sure that politicians can’t enter near the border. For more than a week, a large group of farmers is demanding better prices for their crop and loan waivers in Mandsaur and protesting for the same as well. The protest turned violent when some of the protestors started throwing rocks and damaging vehicles and in return, the police allegedly opened fire on a crowd. Home minister of Madhya Pradesh, Bhupendra Singh, said that the death of the five farmers in the clashes was because of the police firing, which he strongly denied earlier.


Coming to the 46-years-old Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi yesterday announced on Twitter that he would travel to the place where the nasty protest took place. If you are not aware of the fact, let us tell you that Rahul Gandhi is all set to take over as the Congress President by this October. But don’t you think that Rahul Gandhi is still not mature enough in politics to be a president of any party? He has visited a state that is already facing nasty protests and by visiting or trying to heat up the situation, Gandhi has just created more crises in the already worse situation. The 46-year-old leader must understand that it’s not the time to play politics as it will create a riot-like-situation in the state. Rahul Gandhi should concern some senior leaders of his own party before speaking or taking insensible decisions on such sensitive issues.