The Morning Wrap: Madhya Pradesh Moves Land Acquisition Ordinance; Wockhardt Forced To Recall 13 Drugs From US

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Indian farmer Jagdish Patel irrigates his field on the outskirts of Allahabad, India, Thursday, April 23, 2015.Almost three quarters of Indians still live in villages, and farm income is crucial to the country's economy. Unseasonal rain and hailstorms in March destroyed large areas of farmland in northern and western India, leading dozens of debt-ridden farmers to kill themselves.(AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Exemplifying the starkest fears of critics of India’s land acquisition policy, the Madhya Pradesh government issued an ordinance on Monday to amend laws and thereby allow industrialists and private developers to easily buy as much agricultural land as they want for non-agricultural activities.

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Anil Ambani-led Reliance Power’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Jharkhand Integrated Power Ltd. (JIPL), has pulled out of one of its most ambitious power projects at Tilaiya, Jharkhand, citing delays in the availability of land for the 3960 MW enterprise.

Indian pharma company Wockhardt today announced it was recalling 13 of its drugs sold in America and manufactured at its plants in Maharashtra, after US drug inspectors said these weren’t being properly made.

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An insurance agent, charged with rape by his wife, studied law to successfully defend himself in court and has now slapped a counter-suit on her for defamation.

Opinion


Colin Gonzalves, in The Hindu, says that the environment minister is trying to “finish off what little is left of the Himalayas, its rivers and glaciers.”

Pushkar, in The Hindustan Times, says that India’s elite institutions have not made as much progress as China’s.

Ashutosh Varshney, in The Indian Express, argues that to leave farmers on the land and not give them skills for urban and industrial lives “is equal to trapping them in misery.”

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