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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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Rajasthan Cong MLAs demand action against rebels including Sachin Pilot

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Ashok Gehlot

Jaipur, Aug 10 : Ahead of the Rajasthan Assembly session, Congress MLAs have demanded action against Sachin Pilot and other rebel MLAs at the Congress’ Legislature Party meeting for creating the political crisis in the state. The Congress has accused the BJP of indulging in horse-trading to bring down the Gehlot government.

State Congress in-charge Avinash Pandey said that he is not in favour of rebels and will convey to the party high command of the situation created by them.
“MLAs in yesterday’s Congress Legislature Party meeting demanded action against Sachin Pilot and other rebel MLAs. State Congress in-charge Avinash Pandey said he will not advocate for rebels in front of party high command,” ANI reported quoting sources.

Gehlot is likely to seek a trust vote during the session which is likely to start on August 14. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has already sent out a three-page communication urging all MLAs in the 200 member House to listen to the voice of the people to save democracy and stand with the truth in the interest of the state.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had on Sunday held CLP meeting at Hotel Suryagarh in Jaisalmer.
Gehlot has accused the BJP of horse -trading as Amit Shah led BJP has already taken down the Congress led governments in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and now Nadda led saffron party wants to forcibly install BJP government in Rajasthan.

Pilot was removed as the Deputy Chief Minister and as the state chief of the party on July 14. Pilot was reportedly miffed after the SOG sent him a notice to record his statement. Gehlot also targeted the 19 Congress dissident MLAs for wronly “creating the impression” that notices issued to them by the SOG which filed three sedition cases last month, had been engineered by state government but Gehlot said he also received a notice.


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BJP MP urges Modi to table Population Control Bill in Parliament

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New Delhi, Aug 10 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Anil Agarwal has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to introduce the Population Control Bill in the next session of the Parliament.

In a letter addressed to Modi, the BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP said “population explosion” needs to be checked, and the only way to make India ‘Atmanirbhar’ or self-reliant to is to introduce the population control law.

“Everyone wants the population control law… be Hindu or Muslim. This law will eliminate most of the country’s problems. China (the world’s most populous country) will soon be left behind by the rate at which the population in India is increasing,” Agarwal told IANS.

“Arable land in the country is also continuously decreasing. If there is no population control law in time, many problems will arise,” the BJP MP said.

The letter addressed to PM Modi reads: “On August 15, 2019, you talked about population control while addressing the country from the Red Fort. The time has now come… I urge you to bring an effective population control bill in the next session of the Parliament.”

Agarwal said Modi stays firm on his promise — whether it is on Triple Talaq, Article 370 or Ram temple.

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CISF orders inquiry after DMK MP Kanimozhi asked ‘are you Indian’ at Chennai airport

Tamil Nadu is tipped to go the polls in the first half of next year with the BJP looking to make an entry into the southern state.

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New Delhi, Aug 10 : After DMK leader Kanimozhi cried of Hindi imposition while narrating an incident in an airport where she was allegedly asked about her citizenship, the BJP took a sharp jibe at her, alleging that the southern party’s charge is motivated with electoral benefits in mind.

The saffron party fielded its tallest southern leader and General Secretary (Organisation) B.L. Santhosh who took to Twitter to counter Kanimozhi’s charge, saying “Assembly elections are 8 months away … Campaign starts.”

Tamil Nadu is tipped to go the polls in the first half of next year with the BJP looking to make an entry into the southern state.

This whole row erupted after the DMK leader said that a CISF officer allegedly asked her if she was an Indian after the MP asked to be communicated in either Tamil or English, citing her inability to talk in Hindi.

“I would like to know from when being an Indian is equal to knowing Hindi,” she said, sparking off a political row with other southern leaders like Karni Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, joining the bandwagon to ‘condemn’ the act.

While the CISF, which is entrusted with the security in most Indian airports, reached out to her seeking details, BJP’s Santhosh didn’t spare the opportunity, saying: “CISF has asked her to give details. Let her give the details. Action will follow. Let’s discuss about arrogance at that time.”

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