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Gujarat: Retired High Court judge to probe fires at four warehouses storing groundnut 19.8.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
The Gujarat government has handed over the probe into the recent fires at groundnut warehouses to a retired high court judge. This was announced by Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja on Saturday evening. The state government had faced criticism from farmers and the Opposition after four warehouses storing groundnuts were gutted and it was alleged that few leaders from the ruling party were involved in the arson. Jadeja told reporters in Gandhinagar, "Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has decided to act sensibly in the case as he is firmly against the wrongdoers. He directed to give the probe to a commission headed by a retired high court judge. We have given the probe to retired justice HK Rathod under the Commissions of Inquiry Act." Earlier, the government had given the probe to the CID of state police for the fires Gondal, Shapar-Veraval near Rajkot, Hapa in Jamnagar and Gandhidham in Kutch district. The forensic science laboratory also had been involved in the investigation, said the ...
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Good news raining: Relief for Gujarat government as fresh water fills dams 19.8.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
The rains have saved the state from a much-anticipated dro-ught. The rains have filled many dams and reservoirs, including state's lifeline Narmada dam. The new water is sufficient for irrigation for a month.  Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitin Patel, on Saturday, called a meeting to the review the situation. The CM also directed the officials to take necessary actions in the affected areas. He also asked to make water available in the Kutch region, where less rainfall has been recorded. The CM, while addressing the media after the meeting, said the inflow of water in the dams would dispel the drought situation in the state. More than 550 million cubic meters (MCM) water was stored in 203 reservoirs across the state, he added. "More than 278 MCM water has been added to Sardar Sarovar Dam in just two days. We have decided to fill Tapar dam in Kutch region immediately so that the water crisis in the parched area of the state can be solved. There are five districts in Gujarat including Kutch ...
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Friday's rain pours hope for Gujarat farmers 18.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
The rains on Friday poured a major relief for farmers, especially those sowing kharif across Gujarat. The rains that lashed the state after 21 days also brought fresh water into the dams at the catchment areas in Narmada and Tapi rivers. According to a recent weekly report of the state agriculture department, the state witnessed sowing of 72.28 lakh hectare, which is about 84% of the seasonal average of over 85 lakh hectare. However, it does not take care of sowing damaged to due flooding and shortage of water. Whatever was left was also at a risk of damage. Reports of damage to cotton in Saurashtra region and groundnut in north Gujarat have started pouring in due to inadequate rains. Nikul Patel of Dadhaliya – Umedpur village of Arvalli district said that the plants of groundnut are turning yellowish. Moreover, sowing was also infected by 'Dor' insects, which eats away the roots of the crop. Farmers are trying to save the crop by spraying more insecticides. "There was a fear that about 50% of the sowing ...
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Gujarat: Clashes between Bharwads leave one dead, three injured 17.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
A person died and three others sustained injuries after a clash erupted between groups of Bharwad community in Fedar village of Dhanduka on Wednesday. Two people were arrested on Thursday after a cross-complaint was lodged with the Dhanduka police. A complaint was lodged by one Bhana Modiya, of Dhanduka, against three accused — Kinjibhai Bharwad, Kukabhai  Bharwad and Gokulbhai Bharwad — after the trio allegedly him and his relative with lathis around 8 am on Wednesday.  The dispute broke out because one of the accused had allegedly harassed the Bhana’s daughter-in-law around five days ago. The victims had gone to deliver milk in the village. While Somdhabhai, Bhana’s cousin, who sustained head injuries, died on his way to the hospital. Bhana had a narrow escape, he said.  A cross-complaint was lodged by Gokulbhai Bharwad against four accused — identified as Bhanabhai, Jeenabhai, Somdhabhai and Chetan — for attacking him and his sons, Kinjibhai and Kukabhai. Gokulbhai was also hurt in the attack. Article ...
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Mizoram one of highest growing State economies: CM 15.8.2018 The Assam Tribune
Mizoram one of highest growing State economies: CM
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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Siemens raises a red flag post violent Maharashtra bandh 14.8.2018 DNA: Money
Four days after violence and arson was reported at some places during the Maharashtra bandh last week, global giant Siemens raised a red flag, saying that the violence had impacted the company's production at Walunj unit in Aurangabad. The company's property at Walunj was also severely damaged during the 'peaceful bandh' called by Maratha quota agitators across the state last week. Speaking to DNA exclusively, a Siemens spokesperson said, "We are extremely concerned about the incidents of violence on August 9 at our premises in Aurangabad. This has not only impacted our production schedule, but it has also resulted in damage to property. It also compromised the safety of our employees, which is of paramount importance to us." The spokesperson, however, clarified that Siemens will continue to be committed to its business in Aurangabad notwithstanding last week's violence. It may be recalled that the Siemens' plant in Aurangabad was among the 60 industrial units, where Maratha agitators demanding quota for ...
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Whimsical monsoon may push food prices higher 13.8.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Whimsical monsoon may push food prices higher
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Increasing farmers' income through reduction in cost of cultivation 13.8.2018 DNA: India
When the goal of increasing the income of farmers and workers has gained national priority across the spectrum of ideological boundaries, is not it strange that excessive focus is on increasing prices and not on decreasing cost? What is the political economy of this bias? Reducing cost requires triggering debate on sustainability, saving water, soil, seed and all inputs in such a manner that farmers improve his income by reducing the cost to oneself but also to mother nature. Reduction in cost takes place when we get more crop with less water as Harbhajan, suggested in early 2000. He suggested irrigation in alternate rows of cotton thus halving water requirement and also reducing the incidence of pest without any adverse effect on crop yield (more on it next week). Growing coriander around chickpea reduces pest attack in parts of Haryana due to predators attracted by nectar-rich coriander. Micro-toxins produced by using old bajra flour in early nineties in Gujarat were used as pesticides in Gujarat. One ...
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Handover groundnut scam probe to sitting High Court judge: Congress 12.8.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) chief Amit Chavda sought an inquiry into the ongoing groundnut scam in the state by a sitting High Court judge. Chavda was addressing the media on Saturday. "We want a judicial inquiry into the groundnut scam. This is an organized scam. Each groundnut warehouse is being run in a corrupt way. The ruling party is targeting the small fish while big ones are free," said Chavda. "The ruling party is blaming the Congress for the scam and saying no BJP members are involved. Rather than playing a blame game, the chief minister should seek a judicial inquiry," added Chavda. The Congress also announced to stage a protest and conduct rallies across the state on Monday. "The top BJP leaders are saving themselves. Hence, they are not in favour of any probe. We are going to stage protest and rallies in districts across the state," Chavda said. Paresh Dhanani, leader of opposition in state assembly also addressed the media in Gandhidham, Kutch. He said the government is only ...
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Formalin in your fish? Sorry, FSSAI can’t do anything! 11.8.2018 Citizen Matters
FSSAI, constituted under the food safety law in India, is responsible for formulating and enforcing safety standards for our food. The Act, however, governs only manufacturers and processed food, even as we find increasing contamination in primary and raw produce. What could be the way out?
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MCAER UG 2018-19: Third allotment result released; check result at maha-agriadmission.in 10.8.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
Maharashtra Council of Agricultural Education and Research (MCAER), Pune has released the third allotment results for undergraduate admissions on Thursday. Those who clear the exams can apply to agricultural universities. Candidates who have applied for the counselling process of MCAER can visit the official website, maha-agriadmission.in, to check the third allotment result. Here is how to check the MCAER UG admission third allotment result: Log on to the official MCAER UG Admissions website when the MCAER UG allotment results are announced.  Click on the link for the ‘Round 3 allocation list’.   You will be redirected to a document that will list the names of candidates who have been allocated seats in the third round of MCAER UG counselling.   The counselling is being conducted for 11,910 seats for various undergraduate courses. ICAR is responsible for admissions to 5% of the UG seats available in Maharashtra agriculture colleges, and 2% of the available seats available under MCAER are reserved for ...
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Maha bandh: Marathas disrupt traffic, Internet services suspended in Pune 9.8.2018 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
Even as Maratha groups have excluded essential services from the bandh purview, the supply of vegetables was affected in some parts of the state, including Mumbai.
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World Breastfeeding Week: As organisations work to improve better practices, formula administration remains a challenge 7.8.2018 DNA: India
For 31-year-old Jincy Varghese, the delivery of her child was supposed to bring her joy, but fate had other ideas. In a piece written in the Indian Express, Varghese, a resident of Panvel on the outskirts of Mumbai said that she developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy and as soon as her child was born, he was taken away to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, where he was immediately administered formula instead of breastmilk. Varghese has since written a petition in Change.org where she has written to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis to pass a law where private hospitals get the consent of the mother before feeding a new-born with formula. Last month, the Delhi High Court sought the stand of the Centre, the Delhi government, and civic authorities on providing facilities that allowed mothers to breastfeed i n public places. As World Breastfeeding Week ends today (August 7), the lack of public spaces in India for mothers to feed a new-born is still a societal issue that needs serious ...
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PM Narendra Modi’s insurance scheme for farmers sees poor response in Rajasthan 7.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
The farmers’ interests to avail Modi government’s flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna has declined drastically in Rajasthan. A dip of 33 per cent in its coverage has been reported, which is the highest as compared to the other states across the country. In a reply made in Parliament recently the Union state minister for Agriculture Purushottam Rupala shared details of progress of the scheme which was launched in the year 2016-17. The details underline poorest response of farmers to the scheme in Rajasthan, registering a decline of over 3 million farmers here.  Nearly 91.5 lakh farmers were registered under the insurance scheme in 2016-17, which in the following year reached to 60.1 lakh, recording a dip of 33 per cent. Rajasthan is not alone where the crop insurance scheme failed to attract farmers. In Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, West Bengal etc, the scheme’s coverage has declined.  In these states the farmers coverage dipped in lakhs up to 10 lakh ...
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Centenarian Britannia hungry for acquisitions 7.8.2018 DNA: Top News
As it turns 100, biscuits and bakery major Britannia Industries is looking at new businesses beyond its comfort zone and may go for acquisitions. "After putting the company on strong financial and management footings, we are now ready and poised to look at businesses outside of our adjacencies and able to look at acquisitions if they make sense. We have the strength in terms of balance-sheet and people to do it," chairman Nusli Wadia told shareholders. "Going forward, we will grow Britannia substantially, expand our geographies and business opportunities, for which we already have a plan which we will roll out in not too distant future," Wadia said at the 99th annual general meeting of the company. The brand that successfully drove premiumisation of the staid biscuits, would be aggressively launching new brands and variants in the next six months. "Britannia is driving innovation of which you will see a lot in next six months," he said. Among new things that are being worked on include products like ...
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Maharashtra industries minister Subhash Desai keen on Thai touch for state's food, dairy processing and allied SME sectors 4.8.2018 Sify Finance
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PMFBY: Gujarat High Court directs insurance company to pay for crop damage 4.8.2018 DNA: Top News
The Gujarat High Court has directed an insurance company to pay the dues to a farmer under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).  The high court's direction came after it was brought to the notice of the court that despite a recommendation by district level committee of PMFBY, the insurance company has not bothered to act on it.  The court has asked the company to act as expeditiously as possible on the order and preferably within a period of four weeks. The matter pertains to a petition filed by a farmer who alleged that the insurance company was not acting on his insurance claim application. This was despite the fact that his application for insurance claims was forwarded by the district level committee.  He had further stated that despite having put a claim, the company was not dealing with it and not giving any reason for the delay. The petitioner said that he had paid an insurance premium of Rs 2,801 under the PMFBY for his paddy crop through the SBI.  The said crop was affected by a ...
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How India consumes tobacco: PART 2 2.8.2018 Rediff: News
In the second part we will explain the ways of tobacco use and its consequences.
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Bitter pill for India's sugar market 2.8.2018 Rediff: Business
UP's mills, dominated by the private sector's 94 units, have already expressed their inability to participate in the next crushing season
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GROUNDNUT SCAM: Gujarat Congress seeks HC-monitored SIT probe 2.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
Alleging direct involvement of BJP leaders in groundnut procurement scam, the Opposition Congress on Wednesday demanded a HC-monitored probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT). The demand came a day after stones and mud were found to be mixed in large quantities with groundnut stock in a warehouse in Pedhla village of Rajkot district. State Congress president Amit Chavda, former president Arjun Modhwadia, and MLA Harshad Ribadiya said at a joint press conference that procurement of the groundnut stocked in the warehouse had taken place in a farm owned by BJP taluka president Mulu Junjiya in Nani Dhanej village of Junagadh, in place of the office or godown of Moti Dhanej Mandli. "NAFED procured groundnut from middlemen and not farmers. Quality stock of groundnut was sold to oil mills, and replaced with low quality groundnut mixed with stones and mud to perpetrate this Rs 17.17-crore scam," they alleged. Ribadiya said he had written to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on February 5 and complained about the ...
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