The Danish Gaming Authority (Spillemyndigheden) has reported a 5.0% year-on-year decline in gambling revenue for the first quarter of 2020, days after revealing that land-based closures had not led to an increase in online play.Total revenue across land-based and online fell to DKK1.53bn (£182.1m/€205.7m/$222.0m), and while online casino’s contribution of DKK555.1m was the second largest of all products, this was down 1.1% from Q1 2019.The vast majority of online casino revenue came from online slots, which accounted for DKK410.5m (74.0%) of the total, up 2.5%. Roulette, however, saw revenue fall 11.1% to DKK50.3m, while blackjack’s contribution declined to DKK39.5m.Whether this decline continues into Q2 remains to be seen, with Spillemyndigheden reporting a 2% increase in average weekly online casino revenue for the period from 9 March to 3 May. However, the regulator suggested that this may simply be an ongoing growth trend, rather than being related to lockdown, noting it increased by a larger margin from 2018 to 2019.In fact sports betting, despite being impacted by the suspension of all major sporting events from mid-March as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, was the only vertical to report growth. Revenue was up 2.6% to DKK635.1m in Q1.This was down to mobile growth, with revenue for the channel up 9.6% to DKK329.6m. Revenue from bets placed via desktop sites fell 15.0%, while land-based betting revenue grew 2.0% to DKK209.0m.With Denmark one of the first European countries to introduce lockdown measures, from 13 March, the land-based channels suffered the biggest declines in Q1 revenue.Gaming machine revenue was down 20.8% year-on-year at DKK277.7m, of devices located in gaming halls contributed DKK217.2m, with the remaining DKK60.6m coming from machines hosted in restaurants.Land-based casinos, meanwhile, saw revenue decline 20..5% to DKK66.0m. Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe Nordics Denmark The Danish Gaming Authority (Spillemyndigheden) has reported a 5.0% year-on-year decline in gambling revenue for the first quarter of 2020, days after revealing that land-based closures had not led to an increase in online play. Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Slots 14th May 2020 | By contenteditor Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Danish gambling revenue declines 5.0% in Q1
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What a miracle that the Father’s goal and ultimate purpose in creating us to begin with was so that we could be His friends. What a wonder! September 23, 2018 at 8:48 am nicole Reply Dear Linda, hitting on it just briefly, I, like Paul, have to admit that I am chief of sinners, saved by grace. I fell so many times, still fall, but He is so gentle and so kind, I desire more then anything to please Him. My life is a story of failed beginnings, of false starts and hiccups, but He is constant, never failing, always there, and now, all I want is to please Him. Any victories are His victories. God bless you dear one, Chaz Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate EJ, You are so right, NOTHING can stop Him from loving us with His boundless, beautiful, comforting, magnificent, comforting love and all He ask is that we love Him in return. Blessings my friend, Chaz Reply September 27, 2018 at 8:22 pm Kristin Girl, you said it! And not only am I living but I am living with gusto! You are so very right, if we let Him He will surprise us every day! Isn”t that a joy? Blessings on you dear friend, Chaz I am reminded of my son’s comments of God’s blessing especially when he wasn’t necessarily following God very well and that made him love God all the more and want to please Him even more. I can relate also!What a miracle God has done for you, unka Chuck. Do you know how it happened? Was it immediate or did it happen over a period of time? Would be very encouraging, I think, to hear the story if you wish to share. September 25, 2018 at 8:43 am I think you are right, that this is all about God’s love for us and not about worthiness. And us loving Him in return and endeavoring to please him. Well said! We are the Creator’s offspring, part of the Divine family. The only way we separate ourselves from Divine Love is by rejecting it. Even then, the Creator offers open arms to the prodigal.We are part of the Cosmos, part of the Divine Plan.The Creator, Love Magnified, understands the challenges of being human. So glad you lived to share and teach your story of God’s healing miracle in your life. He does answer. And he suprises us.I kind of thought sin/error was the cause of our needing to be healed in the first place. Thanks for the article. charles towne EJ October 9, 2018 at 12:40 am Reply September 23, 2018 at 9:06 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Well said Brother Charles. When Jesus performed healing miracles, while on the earth, He didn’t ask anyone about their status related to salvation, He did ask them to believe for their healing and to have faith in Him. The healings were and are for the glory of God and a powerful witness to the creator Reply InspirationBy Charles TowneWhat qualifies one to be divinely healed?One gent wrote that God cannot heal us as long as there is sin in our lives. That sounds sort of out of kilter to me due to the fact that we are all sinners, me, you, and, sister Sue. Yeah, we are all sinners, and yet we hear of healings. If man can only be healed when he is without sin, that indicates that there must be is a sinless state that man can aspire to in this life, Right?Now you and I know that we are sinners, don’t we? Go ahead, admit it, it’s alright, we know the truth. So now that it is established that we are sinners, is there anything that we can do to render us deserving of healing?Due to breathing the fine dust in my woodworking shop for nearly thirty years I was eventually diagnosed with COPD. With COPD, or emphysema as it is commonly called, the lungs lose their flexibility and over time one finds it increasingly difficult to breathe. I eventually had to sleep sitting in a chair due to the fact that if I laid down in bed I started to suffocate.I felt like an old, a very old, Marlboro man. Activities that I enjoyed and found commonplace (yeah, that too) were rendered impossible. I visited the emergency room of our local hospital so many times I was on first name terms with the doctors and nurses. Previously I had several doctors inform me that there was nothing they could do for me, that eventually, this damnable disease would kill me, “so get used to the fact!”The last time I went into the hospital I was there for six days and when I went home I was sicker than when I was admitted. I felt like I was dying. I cried out to our God, and He, in His mercy, heard me.Today I am breathing, and sleeping better than I have in years. Am I in a sinless state? No. Do I deserve healing? No. Do I believe He has healed me? Oh yes, a thousand times yes! Simply put, It does not depend on our worthiness, but His great, boundless, infinite love.Oh God, how I love you. You take man where you find him, and there you perform what only you can perform, a miracle of transformation and grace. Thank you oh merciful God, thank you for what you have done, and what you are about to do in each of our lives. I believe that is what it boils down to is us being willing to be available to and for His purpose.Are we Sinners? Yes.I don’t believe there is such a thing on this earth as a sinless man, and I don’t care if he does call himself the grand poobah of Podunk! The essential thing is That we love God because He first loved us, and if we love Him we are going to endeavor to live our lives in such a way that we will please Him. Perhaps it is simplistic but that is the only requirement for healing to my way of thinking.Live fully,Love openly,Trust God, and make a difference, today.Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. Reply Reply Please enter your comment! September 23, 2018 at 7:02 am Having lived the life of a survivor as you have you have a wonder filled testimony to share with the world Donny, Keep on keeping on and many Blessings on you and yours pal, Chaz Reply Judith Hankes Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Dear Nicole, I believe that all good things come from Him and His boundless love. To my way of thinking that is an ongoing miracle. May He always watch over you and keep you safe in His love is my prayer, Chaz Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter October 11, 2018 at 10:13 pm Reply charles towne Mark, it is all a matter of love isn’t it? Allow me to use my relationship with my wife as an example. I love Nancy so very much and it thrills me to praise her and tell others about her. The praising and sharing is its own reward. When I share and praise God it is the same thing, sort of like sharing the smell of a gardenia or the sight of a rainbow, there is a delight and a joy therein that is unsurpassed. Each of the blessed things I have mentioned contains healing power. Love, for God, for my wife; the scent of the gardenia and the visual impact of the rainbow; these things do something for us that is miraculous and can only be fully enjoyed because of His love. As we praise Him we are healed and as we are healed we praise Him! What a blessed friend He is. Chaz charles towne September 23, 2018 at 8:41 am Reply Linda Scott Kristin September 24, 2018 at 2:15 pm charles towne I can testify personally to His healing power and unconditional love. Great read Chuck as always. September 27, 2018 at 8:00 am Dear NH, The transformational power of God and His merciful love caresses our souls and heals. As he has blessed the world with your gift of lovely, sweet music as you caress the harp’s strings so He desires to bless all with His healing love. Chaz Reply 17 COMMENTS Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. charles towne Amen to the healing power of God! You are a miracle, Charles. September 27, 2018 at 8:13 pm NH Reply charles towne Please enter your name here September 25, 2018 at 9:26 am September 24, 2018 at 4:56 pm Dear Judith, you are so very right on! We are because He is. We have heard it said that we have been bought with a price, and what a price it was. He became man so we could have the honor of kinship with divinity! Yes, children in the Divine family, I like that don’t you? 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Tagged with: corporate fundraising Melanie May | 11 February 2016 | News 3) Nisa Retail and SUDEP ActionNisa’s Making a Difference Locally charity raises funds for local causesMembers of Nisa Retail’s Scunthorpe head office have raised £5,000 for SUDEP Action through staff donations and Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity. Making a Difference Locally raises funds in Nisa member stores through the sale of items from Nisa’s own-label Heritage range and a number of branded products.The charity, which raises awareness into sudden unexpected death in epilepsy was chosen in memory of a staff member’s twin brother, Nathan Slade, who died from SUDEP last year.4) Nourish Pay it ForwardNourish’s loyalty card helps the homeless, as well as the customerBased in Sheffield and Leeds, the Nourish restaurant’s Pay it Forward Tree, where customers can opt to buy an extra meal or hot drink with their order and put the details on the tree for someone less fortunate, has provided over 1,000 of Leeds and Sheffield’s homeless population with hot food and drink.To commemorate this, Nourish has launched a customer loyalty card, where customers not only earn a discount for themselves, but also drinks and meals for the Pay it Forward Tree with each visit.5) Specsavers and SightsaversSpecsavers new starters can donate their virtual coin to one of three charitiesSpecsavers has chosen Sightsavers as one of three charity partners to be part of its new online staff induction. New starters at Specsavers will be given a “virtual coin” as part of their induction course and can choose to donate their coin to Sightsavers, Vision Aid Overseas or The Fred Hollows Foundation. Specsavers will make a real money donation to the chosen charity in proportion to the “virtual coins” donated by employees who complete the training. Around 5,000 people are expected to complete the module in 2016.6) Park Plaza Cardiff and Velindre Cancer CentreVelindre patron Martyn Williams & Park Plaza Cardiff general manager Margaret WatersThe Park Plaza Cardiff hotel has beaten its £10,000 fundraising target for Velindre Cancer Centre, raising £14,100 in 2015. The initial target was part of the hotel’s 2015 10th birthday celebrations, and the money was raised through a variety of staff activities including a trek up Pen-y-Fan, a 10k cycle challenge and an auction of one of Laguna Kitchen’s chefs to cook for twelve guests at the winning bidder’s home.7) Nisa retailer J D Hunter & Co, & local causesNisa retailer J D Hunter in Armagh has raised over £15,000 for local causesNisa retailer J D Hunter & Co in Markethill, Armagh has donated over £15,000 in donations to local causes since 2008. The store has donated this sum to 23 different causes through Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally charity to benefit residents of the local area. The money has been used for a variety of purposes, including helping to fund an annual Christmas magic show in the town, training resources and kits for local sports and dance clubs, local school and playgroup projects, and financial support for individuals and groups helping those in need of medical care and assistance.8) EQ Foundation and the Resurgo TrustThe EQ Foundation, the grant-making charitable arm of EQ Investors, has made a multi-year grant to the Resurgo Trust, the charity behind the Spear Programme, which provides free pre-employment training for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across eight centres in London. The grant will contribute to the expansion of the Spear Programme and in helping more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop the tools they need to succeed in the workplace.9) NetDespatch & Cancer Research UKNetDespatch has donated £6,732 to Cancer Research UK following its annual vote by employees. The donation is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to donate a fixed percentage of its turnover to charitable causes, with NetDespatch staff responsible for choosing the charities the company supports.10) Scottish Widows & The Fawcett SocietyScottish Widows is helping The Fawcett Society to conduct in-depth research into women’s financial preparations for retirement. The research will focus on women aged 25-39 with an annual income of £24,000-£40,000 in order to understand the factors that influence women’s savings decisions, beyond their lower lifetime earnings. The findings, due to be published in spring 2016, will be used to educate policy makers and the public about women’s prospects in retirement and to help shape policy suggestions. 108 total views, 1 views today 10 corporate fundraising partnerships for February 2016 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Here is a selection of the wide range of corporate fundraising partnerships taking place this February.1) Klein Tools and Super Rod, and JTLKlein Tools & Super Rod hand out tool kitsKlein Tools and Super Rod are donating £1 million worth of products and resources to not-for-profit electrical training programne JTL. As part of a five-year programme, the donation will supply Klein Tools’ products to more than 10,000 apprentices studying at JTL’s National Centre of Excellence in Birmingham.In February, more than 1,500 tool kits were donated at 76 City Electrical Factors locations across England and Wales.2) EDM and Macmillan Cancer SupportHalloween coffee morning for MacmillanThe provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors announced this month that it has beaten its 2015 fundraising target for Macmillan Cancer Support. Employees from across the company spent last year organising and participating in a range of activities to raise money for the charity including a golf day, Halloween-themed coffee morning, paper plane throwing competition, Go Sober, Lakeland 100 ultramarathon and Christmas raffle.Combining these fundraising initiatives with company donations, EDM raised more than £6,500. 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Movement calls for referendum on the monarchy.June 3 — King Juan Carlos I of Spain was forced to announce his abdication on June 2 after mass popular revulsion, heated by six years of economic crisis and 26 percent unemployment. The big question now is whether this opening of the valve on the social pressure cooker will blow off steam without causing an explosion.The royal family had reached a low point in popularity, all of them entangled in corruption and scandal. On top of this, the two main ruling class parties — the rightist Peoples Party and the “Socialists” (PSOE) — had just suffered a joint disaster in the European elections, getting less than 50 percent of the vote from the few who participated.The bankers and bosses wanted stability. Juan Carlos wanted to assure his succession — and perhaps guarantee his immunity from criminal charges. So upon abdicating, he immediately announced that his son Felipe would succeed him as king.Will the working class simply be relieved that finally they got rid of this super-rich, corrupt and degenerate king; this symbol of the continuation of the 1939-1975 Franco fascist and military dictatorship, with its oppression of the Basques, Galicians, Catalans and other peoples; this bastion of the current rule of finance capital?Or will the abdication — a concession to popular sentiment — followed by the attempt to continue the monarchy lead to a social explosion?The immediate reaction in Catalonia, the Basque Country, Galicia, the Canary Islands and the rest of the Spanish state was to call for protest demonstrations that same evening. At first it was just in Barcelona and Madrid, but within hours the protests spread to at least 60 cities in all regions.“Abolish the monarchy!” “The Catalans have no king!” “Seville for the republic!” Probably the most widespread slogan was, “Referendum on the royals!” Many of the organizations raised the call for a referendum to decide the fate of the monarchy.Already the Peoples Party government and the leadership of the PSOE have refused any referendum. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insisted that first there must be a change to the Constitution, which doesn’t allow a referendum. Ironically, neither does the Constitution allow abdication or succession.Puerta del Sol in Madrid and Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona drew the largest crowds, but throughout the Spanish state there were significant protests. All the workers’ and communist parties took part, as did newer left organizations of “indignant youths” that arose from the 15M movement three years ago. This was a forerunner to the Occupy Wall Street movement in the U.S. Youths face more than 50 percent unemployment in Spain.Spanish Civil War resonatesThough it ended 75 years ago, Spain’s 1936-1939 Civil War still resonates in today’s social struggles. Workers’ militias defended the Spanish Republic then against a military-fascist coup regime. The war was at its roots a social struggle against the capitalist and land-owning ruling classes.Backed by Nazi Germany and fascist Italy, Francisco Franco’s generals won the war. They then smashed the workers’ organizations. They murdered, imprisoned or drove into exile hundreds of thousands of people.General Francisco Franco’s iron rule endured until his death in 1975. In 1969 he had hand-picked Juan Carlos, a military officer, to be king so as to institutionalize and give continuity to the centralized fascist rule after his death.In 1978, a compromise was worked out between the politicians rooted in Franco’s Falange Party and the underground anti-fascist opposition. It left most of the fascists in office but allowed the opposition to legally contest elections. This deal, called the “transition,” also left big capital in control while papering over the society with “democracy.” Regular elections since have alternated between the Peoples Party and the PSOE taking office.In 1981 an attempted military coup tried to eliminate even this compromise. Juan Carlos I made his only popular move ever, coming out against the coup. Everything since has only damaged his reputation with the masses, and rightfully so.He even secretly — until exposed — hunted elephants in Botswana on the government’s dime. He is probably best known in this hemisphere for telling Venezuela’s popular President Hugo Chávez to shut up at a 2007 meeting. Chávez had the last word. Long live the republic!The king is synonymous with the rule of corrupt big capital and with centralized federal rule over the many peoples within the Spanish state who struggle for self-determination. Before he abdicated, Juan Carlos I was about as popular in most of the Spanish state as L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was among National Basketball Association players.If the masses accept the reality that it was they who threw out the king, they can go on to throw out the monarchy.The movement may debate whether to demand a referendum or an immediate end to the monarchy, or if the struggle should explicitly make demands for socialism and for self-determination of oppressed peoples. Given Spain’s history, any struggle for a republic reraises the historic conflict of the Civil War and will almost automatically open the door to working-class demands — jobs, benefits, control of industry and banking, and in the end, for socialism.The movement is already discussing more demonstrations.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News UpdatesInstances Of Cheating & Duping Farmers Increasing Everyday, Systems Not Sensitive Towards Problems Faced By Farmers: Bombay High Court Nitish Kashyap11 Dec 2020 4:40 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court while hearing an application for quashing filed by Jalgaon-based businessmen who were accused of cheating farmers, observed that instances of duping farmers are increasing day by day and it is a fact that systems are not showing sensitivity towards farmers.Division bench of Justice TV Nalawade and Justice MG Sewlikar of the Aurangabad bench noted that since farmers have…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court while hearing an application for quashing filed by Jalgaon-based businessmen who were accused of cheating farmers, observed that instances of duping farmers are increasing day by day and it is a fact that systems are not showing sensitivity towards farmers.Division bench of Justice TV Nalawade and Justice MG Sewlikar of the Aurangabad bench noted that since farmers have a lack of resources and cannot afford to indulge in litigation, this inability is capitalized upon by traders. Court said-“The suicides of farmers are increasing day by day as farmers are facing all kinds of problems and present problem of cheating is additional circumstance which is compelling the farmers to commit the suicide. Due to all these circumstances, this Court holds that no relief can be granted in favour of applicants.”Case BackgroundThe applicants in the case are Kailashchandra Khandelwal, his son Mayur Khandelwal and their accountant Akil Shaikh. The said case was registered against them with Savda Police Station, District Jalgaon for the offences punishable under Sections 420, 406, 120-B and 34 of Indian Penal Code. 23-year-old Saniya Kadri is the complainant in the case, she was working as a broker in agricultural produce bananas at the time. According to her, on April 9, 2017, Mayur approached her at Savda and said that she can hand over bananas collected by her from farmers to him and he can find the traders who will give better prices to her and she can make more profit. As there was the promise from Mayur that he will give a higher price, an agreement was made the next day. As per the FIR, the informant has stated that a total of 248 deliveries of bananas was made in the aforesaid period to the applicants. She has also mentioned that from May 21, 2017 to June 18, 2017, no amount was given against any delivery by the applicants. It is her contention that the amount of around Rs.2.8 Crore was due from the applicants to her. According to the complainant, she had collected bananas from farmers and groups of farmers by promising them to give price within a few days. Due to non payment by the applicants she could not give money to the farmers, the farmers started insisting to make payment. When she requested the applicants to give money, the applicants said that there is some financial crunch and she may give money to the farmers and after a few days they will make arrangements for the money. She contended that due to this promise she made payments of some farmers, but after that the applicants started avoiding her. When the remaining farmers were pressing hard for their demand, she insisted the applicants to make the payment of aforesaid amount and upon that the applicants said that she should accept 50% of the amount due for satisfaction of entire dues. It is Saniya’s contention that she then realized that she was deceived by the applicants and so, she approached police.OrderAfter going through the said agreement executed by applicant Mayur, the bench noted-“It is mentioned that he was in a position to see that the informant gets a good price for bananas if bananas are sold through him in other States. It is mentioned that to make the transactions between applicant No. 1 and the informant legal, he was putting the agreement into writing. It is mentioned in the agreement that if he was not able to pay for the banana supplied, it was open to the informant to take legal action against him. The agreement shows that against each delivery, on the same day the price was to be paid and only if the applicant No. 1 had some difficulty in making the payment then by mutual agreement some time was to be given to him. This agreement is signed by applicant No. 1 and informant as parties to the agreement and two other persons have signed as witnesses.”Advocate KC Sant appeared on behalf of the applicants and submitted that the applicants are not admitting that there was agreement of aforesaid nature between applicant No. 1 and informant. He submitted that applicants are not admitting that the informant had handed over agricultural produce bananas to applicants for sale. Moreover, the applicants are not admitting that the payments were made and the amount due from them to the informant is more than Rs.2.8 Crore. The applicants are doing the transport business and due to that they had some transactions of supply of trucks for transport to the informant and it is the informant who was selling the banana directly to the traders, Adv Sant argued.After going through the facts of the case, the bench observed-“The record shows that applicant No. 1 (Mayur) had promised to give Saniya a higher price and a promise was given to pay the price of banana on the date of delivery itself. The record shows that accordingly, informant had promised to farmers to give higher price and make payment immediately after collecting the goods. The record shows that accordingly on first few days, the applicant gave higher rate and payments were made on the day of delivery. The news items and circumstances show that on those occasions farmers got higher price and the payment was made immediately. However, afterwards the payments were not made and there are allegations of aforesaid nature against the applicants that they did not make payments afterwards. This record and circumstances show that it cannot be said that there is no record against the applicants to show their involvement in the offence committed against the farmers.”Finally, the bench said-“The bilties of Khandelwal Transport were used. The receipts of weight prepared by weighbridge were made at the instance of Khandelwal Transport and there are statements to show that payments were made to applicant No. 3, the accountant of applicant Nos. 1 and 2. The allegations on the record show that applicant Nos. 1 an 2 received payment in respect of banana supplied by informant to applicant Nos. 1 and 2 which was sold by applicants. As per record they did not make the payment in respect of most of the agricultural produce to informant and in turn informant could not make payment to the farmers. Thus, it is the farmers who are in fact cheated.”Expressing surprise that the orders of anticipatory bail made by the Sessions Court were not challenged by the State, the bench dismissed the applications and observed-“Such instances are increasing day by day. It is unfortunate, but it is a fact that all the systems are not showing sensitivity towards the problems faced by the farmers. The farmers have no resources and they cannot afford indulging into litigation. This inability of farmers is used by the traders like applicants and they make money on the agricultural produce which farmers gets after working hard. The facts and circumstances show that first the atmosphere was created to lure the farmers and when the farmers started trusting, the plan was executed and payment was not made and the farmers were cheated.”Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Story
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