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Domestic production of edible oils inadequate: Paswan

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Ram Vilas Paswan

The domestic production of edible oils is not adequate to meet their demand in India and the gap between demand and production of edible oils is met through imports, said Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ramvilas Paswan on Friday.

Replying to a query in Rajya Sabha, the Minister said: “The production of Soyabean in Maharashtra for 2019-20 is expected to be 42.08 Lakh MT as compared to 45.48 Lakh MT in 2018-19. However, the expected production of 42.08 LMT of Soyabean in 2019-20, in Maharashtra, is more than the last five year average production of 34.77 LMT.”

Paswan was replying to query of Congress Rajya Sabha member Kumar Ketkar who had asked the Minister whether there is a huge gap between demand and supply of edible oil in the country due to the failure of soyabean crop to a very large extent in Maharashtra; and if so, the steps taken by the government to arrest the surge in prices of edible oil in the open market due to this?

He stressed that in case of any decline in the domestic production, the gap between demand and availability is met through import of edible oils.

The Minister also said, “The wholesale prices of major edible oils varied from (-) 0.68 per cent Ato (+) 6.88 per cent while the retail prices varied from 0.17 per cent to 7.05 per cent over the past one year.”

He, however, pointed out that during the period, the wholesale and retail price of soyabean oil has increased only by 3.13 per cent and 2.79 per cent, respectively.


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Shatrughan Sinha praises new BJP President

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New Delhi, Jan 22 Veteran actor and Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha praised and congratulated J. P. Nadda for being appointed as the National President of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Sinha, a former BJP leader, said that the moment was emotional and affectionate to him too as his political career was nurtured in the party.

Taking to the Twitter, the congress leader wrote: “Heartiest Congratulations! To the #BJP for their new National party President #JPNadda. Though it’s entirely an internal matter, but since my political career/journey was nurtured here it’s an emotional & affectionate moment for me too. Some people may take it otherwise…”

He also praised Prime Minister Modi and the outgoing president “master strategist” Amit Shah for this decision, saying: “Giving it different meanings as I say this in my personal capacity, as the bond is emotional & natural. Hats off & salutations for the Hon’ble PM @narendramodi & Hon’ble HM, outgoing President, master strategist’ #AmitShah for having elevated/selected #JPNadda as…”

Clarifying that he was making the remarks in his personal capacity as ‘some people may take it otherwise’, he praised Nadda and said that he ‘rightly deserves’ to be the National President of the BJP.

“National President & bringing him in the forefront in the national interest. He is truly a brilliant, nice, balanced, very good human being, old friend, former colleague, experienced, matured, senior activist, former Cabinet minister & his roots are from both #HimachalPradesh..”& our #Bihar.

“His sheer dedication, commitment & immense contribution for the party have been tremendous & he rightly deserves to be the National President of #BJP. Best wishes for the future ahead. Jai Hind!”#NationalPresidentBJP,” Sinha tweeted.

J.P. Nadda was on Monday elected as the new BJP National President.

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Andhra Capitals issue: TDP MLAs stages walk out after the speaker called marshals

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Andhra Pradesh, Jan 22: There was ruckus inside the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday, with MLAs belonging to the opposition Telugu Desam Party walked out of the assembly after the speaker called marshals inside the house, to stop opposition MLAs from entering podium and raising slogans over the YSR Congress Party government’s move to create three capitals in the state.

Later the Speaker referred the matter of behaviour of TDP MLAs to the ethics committee.

As TDP lawmakers shouted slogans of ‘Jai Amaravati’, Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy said: “They are making a mockery of the democracy”. Amid the uproar, the Assembly Speaker appealed to the TDP MLAs to take their seats and also called in marshals inside the house.

On Monday, the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly had passed two Bills brought in by the Jaganmohan Reddy government for the creation of three capitals in the state. The Bills are due to be taken up by the Legislative Council today.

But the YSRCP government suffered a setback in the upper house on Tuesday, with the Legislative Council adopting a resolution moved by the TDP in the house disapproving the government’s policies.

While 27 members voted in favour of the resolution, 13 voted against it and nine MLCs abstained.

The YSRCP has nine MLCs in the 58-member house, while the TDP has 34 members.

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Sonia Gandhi reconstitutes Punjab Pradesh Congress’ coordination committee after discussions with Amarinder Singh

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New Delhi, Jan 22: After Chief Minister Amarinder Singh held discussions with Congress president in New Delhi, Sonia Gandhi has dissolved the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and all district committees in the state with immediate effect, while retaining Sunil Jakhar as the state unit chief.
The AICC president has constituted a high level 11-member coordination committee for ensuring better coordination between the party and the Punjab government, with AICC in-charge for Punjab Asha Kumari as its chairperson.

It will have Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Sunil Jakhar as members, besides AICC general secretary Ambika Soni.

The Congress president has dissolved the “executive committee of the Pradesh Congress Committee and District Congress Committees of Punjab with immediate effect. The president of the Punjab PCC shall remain unchanged”, the party statement read.

Rajya Sabha MP Pratap Bajwa’s call for a “Captain-Mukt Congress” in a recent interview to a television channel.

The cause of Bajwa’s discontent was a recent public declaration by Captain Amarinder Singh that he will not quit politics “until every youngster in Punjab is employed”.

Amarinder Singh is widely referred to as “Captain” in the state.

Last week, the Punjab Assembly had passed a resolution against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, after the Kerala government passed a similar resolution against the law.

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