CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 AUGUST 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘WOMEN NOT LAGGING IN ANY WAY’ INDIA, SWISS FMS DISCUSS WAYS TO CHECK BLACK MONEY PRESSURE ON NITISH TO RESIGN P3 P3 P7 SENSEX 37,869.23 -155.00 NIFTY 11,429.50 -41.00 ` vs $ 68.83 -15 PAISE GOLD 28,440.00 -25.00 RAINFALL: Trace RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 88% Max: 35.1°C (+2.6) SUN RISES 05:13 hrs MOON RISES 04.48 hrs Min: 27.2°C (+0.4) SUN SETS 18:11 hrs MOON SETS 18:17 hrs TEMPERATURE Sonia joins Opp MPs' protest as issue rocks Parliament STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 AUGUST First moon quarter on 19 August Residents look at houses destroyed by flood waters at Kannappankundu in Kozhikode, Kerala, on Friday. Flash floods have claimed at least 29 lives in the state, officials said. The US issued a travel advisory for its citizens. AFP Aarushi case: SC to hear CBI plea STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 AUGUST Canada shooting: Two police officers were among four people killed on Friday in a shooting in eastern Canada and a suspect has been arrested, authorities said. Residents of the Brookside neighbourhood of Fredericton, New Brunswick reported waking to the sounds of multiple gunshots. Triple Talaq Bill deferred: The contentious Triple Talaq Bill which criminalises the practice of instant “talaq” could not be taken up for discussion and passage on the last day of the monsoon session on Friday owing to lack of consensus among political parties on the issue. Footballers killed in Sikkim accident: Four footballers were killed and six others critically injured in the early hours on Friday when the vehicle in which members of a soccer team were travelling plunged off the road and fell into the ravine below at 3rd Mile on DikchuRakdong Road in East Sikkim, police said. Union minister booked for alleged rape in Assam: Assam Police have registered a case against Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain for allegedly raping and threatening a 24-year-old married woman in Nagaon district, a police officer said. Gohain has also filed complaints of blackmailing against the woman and her family, his officer on special duty said. urning up the heat on the Narendra Modi government over the Rafale fighter aircraft deal, the principal Opposition Congress today protested vociferously within Parliament and outside, demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) inquiry into this alleged scam. The agitated Congress members created uproarious scenes in the Lok Sabha and stonewalled the first-half proceedings in the Rajya Sabha, staging a walk-out from the Lower House and forcing double adjournments of the Upper House over their JPC probe demand. Intensifying their assault on the Modi dispensation on the issue, the Congress members and leaders also held a protest demonstration outside the House in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue to press for the JPC probe into the alleged Rafale scandal, which was led by Sonia Gandhi. Some CPI, RJD and AAP members also joined their protest. Gandhi along with her party and other Opposition MPs ~ including Ghulam T THUMBNAILS Virat Kohli plays a shot on the 2nd day of the 2nd Test match between England and India at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on Friday. P12 India were all out for 107 at stumps. AFP BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 72.43 +0.36 Cong steps up demand for JPC Rafale probe Generally cloudy sky with 1/2 spells of rain/thundershower. Max-min temp will be around 34-28 degree celsius, respectively. Max.95% P12 SILVER 38,050.00 -100.00 FLOOD HAVOC WEATHER ‘PANDYA SHOULD NOT BE A JACK OF ALL TRADES’ The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to look into a CBI plea against the acquittal of dentist-couple Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar in the double murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. The central investigating agency has moved the apex court against the Allahabad High Court order acquitting the two giving them benefit of doubt. A bench headed by Jus- tice Ranjan Gogoi agreed to hear the plea against the doctor duo’s acquittal and issued notice to them seeking a response on a plea filed by the Central Bureau of investigation as also the petition of Hemraj's wife who also challenged the acquittal. The High Court order came on an appeal by the Talwars against a Ghaziabad CBI court judgment that handed them life imprisonment on 26 November, 2013. Teenager Aarushi and Hemraj were found dead at their Jal Vayu Vihar residence in Noida on 16 May 2008. The High Court, while acquitting the Talwar couple, had made comments on the CBI trial court presiding officer, saying he had adopted a "partial and parochial approach" in his 2013 judgment to convict the parents for the double murder. The Uttar Pradesh Police had accused Rajesh Talwar of killing his daughter in a fit of rage. Kerala reels under floods THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 10 AUGUST Dam reservoirs and rivers overflowed, sections of highways collapsed and homes were swept away in severe flooding in more than half of Kerala, after days of incessant rains left nearly 54,000 people homeless and killed at least 29, officials said today. Five columns of Army were deployed in seven northern districts, out of Kerala's 14, to help PTI evacuate people. PM remarks ‘expunged’ Imran raises Kashmir during meeting with Indian envoy STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 AUGUST Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria on Friday called on Pakistan Tehreeq-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, who is set to be sworn in as Prime Minister of the neighbouring country next week. ‘’Called on @ImranKhanPTI and his team today for a positive, constructive conversation,’’ Bisaria tweeted after the meeting at Khan’s residence. The Indian High Commission in Islamabad tweeted, ‘’Indian HC Ajay Bisaria called on Mr Imran Khan, Chairperson & senior lead- Indian High Commissioner Bisaria hoped that a new chapter in India-Pakistan relations will begin after Imran’s swearing in as Pak PM ership of PTI. HC congratulated @ImranKhanPTI on his electoral success, discussed range of issues, prospects of India-Pak relationship. HC gifted a cricket bat autographed by the entire Indian cricket team.’’ According to Pakistan’s leading daily Dawn, after the Indian diplomat congratulated Khan on his party's victory in last month's elections, his host expressed grave concern over ''human rights violations'' in Jammu and Kashmir. "I hope that the SAARC leaders' conference will be held in Islamabad soon," Khan said. Bisaria, too, hoped that a new chapter in the Pakistan-India relations would soon begin. The meeting is being seen in diplomatic circles as a clear indication of India’s willingness to engage with the incoming civilian government in the country, provided it takes steps to deal with terrorism against India emanating from the Pakistani territory. Bisaria is among a few Islamabad-based envoys who have held meetings with Imran after his party’s success in the elections. In his congratulatory phone call to Imran last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken about evolving a joint strategy to ensure progress in bilateral ties. A battle to preserve seeds WHERE: Uttarakhand DEHRADUN Flashback 1986: Whenever farmer and social activist Vijay Jardhari and his friends would visit any village telling locals to conserve their traditional seeds and to continue consuming millets, people would make fun of them. Now the same villagers are surprised with the mass acceptability of millets and the growing popularity of organic products. Vijay Jardhari and his fellow farmers started the 'Beej Bachao Andolan' (BBA), save the seed movement, at a small village Jardhargaon in Tehri (Uttarakhand) in 1986. The movement remains unregistered and is more like a people’s campaign. Jardhari has dedicated his life to conserving traditional seeds, which otherwise would have disappeared due to wide acceptability of hybrid seeds among farmers. . The extensive collection of the 'Beej Bachao Andolan' includes over 700 seeds, which were part of the hill farm till the 1980s and made a tame exit with modern high-yielding varieties catching the attention of farmers. The collection has over 220 varieties of kidney beans, 300 varieties of paddy, ten varieties of maize, 12 varieties of finger millet, nine varietis of soya bean and five varieties of Ramdana, to mention a few. Jardhari says, “Earlier people in Garhwal society used to say that millet or ‘Mota anaz’ is for poor. Now they are surprised with the use of Mandua (finger millet) and Jhangora (barnyard millet) in a particular section of soci- CMYK WHAT HE DID: Collected over 700 traditional seeds and made people aware of their efficacy. ety. We are asking villagers to grow traditional crops as they have greater nutritive value and they should cultivate and consume it for the sake of their health.” The exercise to keep on producing new seeds is tedious. Jardhari and his friends grow the traditional seeds in their fields and store them. They have been doing this since the past 32 years. The BBA has made Jardhargaon village of district Tehri famous for its unique movement to conserve traditional seeds. The Andolan is not only a crusade to conserve tradi- Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni, CPI's D Raja, and AAP MP Sushil Gupta ~ protested in the Parliament premises, holding placards and raising slogans to demand answers from the Modi government over the alleged scam in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice within minutes during the prelunch session amid the Congress members' persistent demand for a JPC probe. Newly-elected Deputy Chairman Harivansh kept appealing to agitating members to allow the Zero Hour to function, but to no avail. Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that the Rafale deal was "the world's biggest scam” and that there should be a JPC probe into it. Congress's deputy leader Anand Sharma said whenever such issues have been raised during the previous Congress governments, JPC probes were ordered, even as he pressed for a JPC inquiry into the Rafale deal. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel rejected their Rafale allegations as "false, unfounded and baseless".Amid uproarious scenes, the Deputy Chairman was forced to adjourn the House. ‘Centre,TN differ on Rajiv convicts’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today expunged certain remarks made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is perhaps the first such instance involving a PM. The remarks were made by Modi while felicitating newly-elected Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh in the House yesterday. Naidu expunged the remarks after some members raised objections and demanded their expunction. The remarks, comprising only three words in Hindi, referred to the name of the Opposition's candidate for RS deputy chairman. SNS WHO: Vijay Jardhari RAJU GUSAIN Save the traditional seed movement founder Vijay Jardhari NEW DELHI, 10 AUGUST UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi with Congress MPs protest in front of Gandhi statue near Parliament House. SNS NEW DELHI, 10 AUGUST The Centre today told the Supreme Court it does not concur with the Tamil Nadu government's proposal to release seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, saying remission of their sentence will set a “dangerous precedent” and have “international ramifications”. The former PM was assassinated on 21 May 1991. A Supreme Court bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and K M Joseph took the document, filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, on record and adjourned the matter. On January 23, the apex tional seeds but also to promote agricultural biodiversity, sustainable agriculture and local traditions. In acknowledgement of his contribution, Vijay Jardhari was awarded the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar in 2009. BBA activist Biju Negi says, “We participate in fairs to raise awareness about traditional seeds. Besides this we have also started taking part in food festivals - serving traditional Garhwal dishes.” After the Green Revolution of the 1960s, farmers in the hills also adopted highyielding varieties of seeds. After initial success, the Green Revolution fizzled out as yields began to decline. The change forced villagers to realize that so called modern agriculture was unsustainable. Moving from one village to another, Jardhari and his group developed a seed bank. The big collection also indicates the herculean effort made by the Andolan members. In a move to clear confusion about modern seeds court had asked the Centre to take a decision within three months on a 2016 letter by the Tamil Nadu government seeking its concurrence on releasing the seven convicts. The letter, written on March 2, 2016, had said the state government has already decided to release the seven convicts, but it is necessary to seek the Centre's concurrence as per an apex court order of 2015. SEE ALSO PAGE 5 yielding high produce, the Beej Bachao Andolan has prepared a comparison chart of high-yielding varieties of seeds and traditional seeds. Many traditional seeds yield higher produce than modern seeds. For instance, the Gorakhpuri Paddy of Tehri used to take 95 days to harvest and yields 35-40 quintals per hectare. The Andolan makes an appeal to local farmers to discontinue growing cash crops like peas, potatoes and soybean, and promote indigenous practices like the 'Baranaja'. The Baranaja (meaning twelve grains) is a traditional system of mixed farming, through inter-cropping of twelve species. The Beej Bachao Andolan suffered a major setback in 2006, when it lost its key member, journalist and writer Kunwar Prasoon. The movement has sustained itself without financial support from government. Despite all odds, the BBA members have not lost the zeal to collect and preserve the traditional seeds.
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