949886-CM-Making-Mockery-Of-Farmers-Plight-In-HisCongress leader and former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia was on Tuesday arrested along with some party leaders while on way to Mandsaur to visit the families of the farmers killed in firing, police said.

Superintendent of Police Manoj Singh said Scindia was arrested along with Congress MP Kantilal Bhuria and other party leaders at Dadar checkpoint in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh.

Congress sources said Scindia was heading from Ujjain along with his supporters but they were stopped before Mandsaur.

A clash later broke out between Scindia's supporters and the policemen on duty.

"Section 144 has been imposed in Mandsaur and, therefore, this makes it absolutely clear there is no peace there. I want to go alone but still the police are not permitting me", Scindia told media prior to his arrest.

"The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister ended his fast claiming that peace has returned to the region. But this makes it clear there is no peace there and Chouhan's fast was a pretense", breathe added.

Earlier today, Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel was detained in Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh while he was on his way to Mandsaur.

Patel, who had arrived in Udaipur yesterday, left for Mandsaur today morning but was stopped in Neemuch by the police. He was detailed brief period and was let off soon.

The Mandsaur-Neemuch region, about 300 km from Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal, became the nerve center of the storm of farmer distress, as protests over low prices for crops and heavy farm debts started on June 1 and snowballed into a widespread agitation.

In Mandsaur, curfew was imposed after the Six farmers were killed in two incidents of police firing during the protest on June 6.

News Source: India TV

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De-Villiers Getty-copyDismayed by South Africa's capitulation, former skipper Graeme Smith said the Proteas were simply unrecognisable during their timid loss to India in the do-or-die Champions Trophy clash.

South Africa were hammered by eight wickets in the virtual quarterfinal match, in which they could only post 191 after being invited to bat.

"I still care deeply about the environment that I spent so much time building as a player, and it hurts to see such an unrecognisable South Africa performance," Smith wrote in his column for the ICC's official website.

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iStockThere's open-source software, open-source pharma research, and open-source beer. Now, there are open-source seeds, too. Breeders from Göttingen University in Germany and Dottenfelderhof agricultural school in Bad Vilbel, Germany, have released tomato and wheat varieties under an open-source license. Their move follows similar schemes for sharing plant material in India and the United States but is the first that provides legal protection for the open-source status of future descendants of plant varieties.

The idea behind the open-source license is that scientists and breeders can experiment with seeds and improve them unimpeded by legal restrictions. The license “says that you can use the seed in multiple ways but you are not allowed to put a plant variety protection or patent on this seed and all the successive developments of this seed,” says agricultural scientist Johannes Kotschi, who helped write the license last year. Kotschi manages OpenSourceSeeds for the nonprofit Agricole in Marburg, Germany, which announced the tomato and wheat licensing in Berlin in late April.

Since then, university, nonprofit, and organic breeders have expressed interest in issuing open-source licenses for their hop, potato, and tomato varieties, Kotschi says. Many have also requested the open-source tomato seeds, he adds. People have been breeding plants in search of desirable features, such as drought and pest resistance, for millennia. But until 1930, when the United States began applying patent law to plants, there was little a breeder could do to assert ownership over a new variety.

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karnan 650x400 51490942526Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan, who was sentenced to six months by the Supreme Court for contempt, retired today. He has not been seen in public since the Supreme Court order. A customary farewell by the high court administration to a retiring judge could not be held as Justice Karnan was not present, a court official said.

"A farewell given by the administration is held, which is attended by judges and senior lawyers and speeches are given as per custom. This was not held as he was not present," Calcutta High Court Registrar General Sugato Majumdar said.

Asked about clearance of Justice Karnan's dues on retirement, Mr Majumdar said "all formalities will be completed as per law".

A retiring judge is also given a farewell by lawyers, though not mandatory."Had Justice Karnan been here, the bar would have considered. There is a procedure by which invitation is sent to a retiring judge and if he accepts, necessary arrangements are made," Additional Advocate General Abhratosh Chowdhury said. "Since we do not know where he is, the question does not arise", he said.

"Owing to the unprecedented condition prevailing after the Supreme Court order and owing to his absence, a farewell could not be considered," Calcutta High Court Bar Association President Suranjan Dasgupta said.

On May 9, a seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar had sentenced Justice Karnan to six months for contempt of court and ordered the West Bengal Police to take him into custody.

Justice Karnan has not been arrested yet. A representation was made to the president on behalf of Justice Karnan on May 21, seeking suspension of the Supreme Court order, according to a lawyer representing him.

The lawyers took the ground in the application that Justice Karnan will be unable to exercise any remedy if he is arrested.

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rabri-deviFormer Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi is on the lookout for “good looking” and “homely bahus” for her minister sons Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Prasad Yadav.

Describing her ideal choice, she said she wants women who can take care of a home. Women who frequent malls and cinema halls will not be considered.

It is another matter that the two prospective grooms are together developing the “largest mall” on a two-acre plot in Bihar’s capital city.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s 70th birthday celebrations, she laid out the qualities she wants in her daughters-in-law.

“The girls should be good looking and homely so that they look after family matters inside and outside the home".

Quizzed on how the search has progressed so far, she said “Yes, we have seen a lot of photographs of eligible girls, but not many of them were to our liking".

“I did not show those photographs to my sons as I myself did not like them," Rabri Devi added.

The former chief minister, however, appeared to be very clear in her mind about the type of girl she wants as her daughters-in-law.

“Girls frequenting cinema halls or malls are ruled out.We are searching for girls who will respect elders like me", she said.

When asked about the qualities sought for in the prospective bride for his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav, deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav merely said the job is best left to the parents and elders of the family.

“Our parents will take decision on what type of bahus they want for us,” he said with a sheepish grin.

News Source: News18

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amit-shah.1jpgBJP president Amit Shah on Monday constituted a three-member committee to reach out to other political parties for a consensus on the National Democratic Alliance's candidate for the coming presidential poll. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and M. Venkaiah Naidu are its members.

The last date for nomination for the election is June 28 and voting is scheduled for July 17.

Mr. Shah had postponed a trip to Arunachal Pradesh, scheduled for June 12 as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked him to stay in Delhi for consultations. What is significant is that the committee's remit is to talk to all political parties, not just the NDA.Sources in the BJP said the committee would talk to Opposition leaders as "the name of the candidate fielded by us could be acceptable to people in that camp as well".

Among the NDA constituents, the Shiv Sena has been giving the BJP some jitters as their relationship has been strained, especially in Maharashtra. The BJP has claimed support from the YSR Congress, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and both factions of the AIADMK, which it hopes will make up for any shortfall if the Shiv Sena defects.

Opposition parties have decided to field a common candidate and are waiting for the ruling party to announce its candidate.

News Source: The Hindu News

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