India’s Farmers At Risk As States Bypass Land Acquisition Laws: Activists

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Nov 7 – States across India are bypassing land acquisition laws by introducing land pooling schemes to speed up industrial and development projects, a move that activists say leaves farmers and the environment vulnerable. Land pooling enables the quick consolidation of small land holdings. Land owners get back a share of

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Armed Guards Protect Last Water in Drought-Parched Indian City

By Shuriah Niazi TIKAMGARH, India, May 9 – Authorities in this drought-parched city in central India have deployed round-the-clock armed guards at a river-fed community reservoir to prevent farmers from siphoning the remaining water for irrigation. With rainfall in Tikamgarh district this year 52 percent below average – the second dry year for the area

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Weather-Weary Indian Farmers Resort to New Cash Crop: Blood

By Shuriah Niazi JHANSI, India, Feb 17 – Karna, a farmer from Badgaon village in northern India, has few options but to sell his blood for money, after persistent drought left him unable to live off his land. The farmer, now 60, began commuting an hour and a half from his village to Jhansi town

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