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2008-09-18 21:00:21

By Proshun Chakraborty WANI: For the distressed farmers of Yavatmal in Maharashtra, the reasons driving them to suicide have been crop failure and crippling debts. There is another now: pollution by state-owned coal mines. The spraying of coal dust on the fields by the hundreds of trucks rolling out of Coal India Ltd's Western Coal Fields has severely hit farmers in the region. Farmers say the coal dust from the open mines settle on the top soil and on crops jeopardising farming. As...

2008-08-26 03:00:31

By Radheshyam Jadhav PUNE: On Thursday, the state cabinet sanctioned a policy aiming to increase the state's forest cover to a minimum of 33% of land. Maharashtra has 20.13% forest cover, less than the national average of 23.41%. The situation in Pune is even worse. About 50,000 trees have officially been hacked between 2001 and 2007 and this year about 3,000 trees have fallen prey to 'development' of infrastructure. This is beside massive illegal felling of trees and the 2,500 acres of...

2006-09-03 00:08:37

By Krittivas Mukherjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - More than 100 cotton growers killed themselves in India's richest state in August, marking the highest monthly number of suicides in five years by farmers whose mounting crop loans drive them to death, activists said. The spate of suicides in the western state of Maharashtra took the toll to more than 900 this year and the wave has not abated despite highly publicized efforts by New Delhi to ease the financial burdens. Debt-ridden farmers...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'