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Farmers made puppets of corporates through agri Bills: RJD

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Patna, Sep 22 (IANS): Taking a dig at the Modi government over the agriculture-related Bills, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has said that it has made ‘anna datas’ or food-providers the puppets of its ‘fund datas’ or fund-providers.

“The Modi government has already privatised so many government entities… agriculture is one sector that was till now considered untouched. The NDA government has privatised it too with the passage of the two agri Bills by the two Houses of Parliament,” the Leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly said.

“This government has put the future of farmers in the hands of industrialists. The latter will have complete control over foodgrains, seeds, fertilisers, agriculture and irrigation-related equipment etc. The idea is to control the whole Indian economy. Farmers will now be completely dependent on industrialists for the sale of farm produce. It’s not the farmers but industrialists who will decide the price of foodgrains.”

The Rashtriya Janata Dal leader said that ahead of the Assembly elections, all non-Bihari leaders were talking about Bihar and Bihari pride round the clock.

“Once the Assembly elections are over, they will not utter a single word in the interest of Bihar and Biharis. Nearly 86 lakh persons in 17 districts in Bihar were affected by floods in recent months, but the Centre did not send any observer to assess the situation. Even Chief Minister Nitish Kumar does not care about floods or water-logging in the state,” Tejashwi said.

Taking another dig at allies Janata Dal-United and the BJP, he pointed out that the latter had remarked in the past that Nitish’s DNA was bad. “They put a question mark on his DNA; now they are pointing at Bihari pride.”

Tejashwi questioned what had happened to Nitish’s demands for a special package and a special status for Bihar in the past. “Have they forgotten these issues?”

“When the Prime Minister visited Motihari for campaigning in the last elections, he said that its sugar mill will be reopened and he will drink tea made from sugar supplied by it. But the mill is still closed. This is the ‘Chaal’, ‘Charitra’, and ‘Chehra’ of the National Democratic Alliance government.”

Meanwhile, Bihar’s Public Health Engineering Minister Vinod Narayan Jha accused the RJD and Congress members in the Rajya Sabha of “attacking” Deputy Speaker Harivansh Narayan Singh and demanded an apology from them.

BJP Bihar unit chief spokesman Nikhil Anand said: “The attack on the Deputy Speaker is tantamount to the murder of democracy. Such an incident has never occurred in the history of Parliament.”

“He has set an example by serving tea to the eight suspended Rajya Sabha members who were sitting on a dharna in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s status in the Parliament Complex,” he added.

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RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das tests positive for coronavirus

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das tests positive for coronavirus

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Mumbai: Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, he announced in a Twitter post.

“I have tested COVID-19 positive. Asymptomatic.Feeling very much alright.Have alerted those who came in contact in recent days.Will continue to work from isolation. Work in RBI will go on normally. I am in touch with all Dy. Govs and other officers through VC and telephone,” Governor Das wrote.

Governor Das is one of the many high-profile individuals who have been infected by Covid-19 in recent months in India as the pandemic raged. However, the rate of growth of positive cases has come down off-late.

India now has recorded a total of 77,61,312 COVID-19 cases, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data. The death toll from COVID-19 has now touched 1,17,306.

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Paddy procurement gained 23% increase over last year’s purchase

Seed cotton (Kapas) procurement operations under MSP are going on smoothly in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

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New Delhi, Oct 25 : Paddy procurement for Kharif crops this year so far has gained “good momentum” in nine procuring states and Union Territories (UTs), said an Agriculture Ministry data.

As per the data, over 144.59 LMTs of paddy was purchased till October 24 this year against last year’s corresponding purchase of 117.55 LMT — an increase of 23 per cent.

Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat and Kerala are among the procuring states. Out of the total purchase of 144.59 LMTs, Punjab alone has contributed 95.20 LMT which is 65.84 per cent of total procurement.

About 12.41 lakh farmers have already been benefited from the ongoing Kharif crops procurement operations with Minimum Support Price (MSP) value of Rs 27,298.77 crore at MSP of Rs 18,880 per metric ton.

Further, based on the proposal from the states, approval was accorded for procurement of 45.10 LMT of Pulse and Oilseeds of Kharif Marketing Season 2020 for Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh under Price Support Scheme (PSS).

Sanction for procurement of 1.23 LMT of Copra (the perennial crop) for Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala was also given.

For other states and UTs, approval will also be accorded on receipt of proposals for procurement of pulses, oilseeds and Copra under PSS so that procurement of FAQ grade of these crops can be made at notified MSP for the year 2020-21 directly from the registered farmers, if the market rate goes below MSP during the notified harvesting period in the respective states and UTs by the Central nodal agencies through state nominated procuring agencies.

Till October 24, the Central government through its nodal agencies has procured 894.54 metric ton of Moong and Urad having MSP value of Rs 6.43 crore benefitting 871 farmers in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Haryana.

Similarly, 5,089 metric ton of copra (the perennial crop) having MSP value of Rs 52.40 crore has been procured benefitting 3,961 farmers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In respect of Copra and Urad, rates are ruling above MSP in most of the major producing States.

The respective state and UTs governments are making necessary arrangements for commencement of procurement from the date as decided by the respective states based on the arrivals in respect of Kharif pulses and oilseeds.

Seed cotton (Kapas) procurement operations under MSP are going on smoothly in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

“Till October 24 this year, a quantity of 3,53,252 cotton bales valuing Rs 1,04,790.17 lakh has been procured benefitting 68,419 farmers,” the ministry said.

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Harish Salve to get married to London-based artiste Caroline Brossard

Brossard is an artist, who grew up in the UK and has an 18-year old daughter of her own.

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New Delhi, Oct 25 : The year 2020, has been blissful for one of the top legal eagles in the country. Senior advocate Harish Salve, who was Indias former Solicitor General, became Queens C ounsel (QC) in England and Wales in January, a title which is recognized all over the world, and also recently revealed his wedding plans to a London-based artist, slated next week.

65-year-old Salve, has been associated with many high-profile cases: Kulbhushan Jadav, Vodafone, Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, ITC hotels etc., and also one of the prominent lawyers who are actively before several courts in India through video conferencing. He divorced his wife for 38 years Meenakshi Salve in June this year.

Salve has adapted to being a Londoner. He lives in North London. On October 28, he will marry Caroline Brossard in a church wedding. According to reports, Salve and Brossard have been seeing each other for close to a year, after they first met at an art event. Brossard is an artist, who grew up in the UK and has an 18-year old daughter of her own. Elaborating the factors, which solidified the couple’s connection, Salve had said they share a passion for theatre and classical music, along with art.

Salve had said that wedding will be a very small affair, as only 15 are allowed to gather in London. It is learnt that other than Brossard’s family, Salve’s guests include Camellia and Namita Panjabi, renowned Indian restaurateurs in the UK.

Amid the lockdown, Salve, was also one of the busiest lawyers, as he appeared in some high-profile cases in the Supreme Court — represented Facebook Vice President in a case against Delhi Legislative Assembly, journalist Arnab Goswami against Maharashtra government and Indian Banks Association in a matter regarding the loan moratorium – and had expressed that he is very comfortable in arguing in matters, through video conferencing, from London.

Salve was raised in Nagpur. His father NKP Salve was a chartered accountant and he was associated with the Congress party. Harish Salve did his LL.B. from Nagpur University. He was designated as senior advocate by the Delhi High Court in 1992. He was the Solicitor General for India from 1999-2002. Salve was called to Blackstone Chambers in 2013. And, in the same year, Salve was appointed to the English Bar. Salve’s name featured on the list of silk appointments, which was released by the UK Ministry of Justice in January and he was appointed QC in the same month. The title of QC is awarded to those who have demonstrated particular skill and expertise in the conduct of advocacy.

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