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Steep rise in tomato prices in Jharkhand

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Ranchi, July 18: Tomato prices in Jharkhand have touched the sky, selling at between Rs 80-100 per kg.

This is in sharp contrast to a few months ago, then farmers were throwing tomatoes on the roads as prices had dipped to Rs 3 per kg.

“The prices of green vegetables, particularly tomatoes, are touching the sky. In January and February, we were buying tomatoes at Rs 3 to Rs 5 per kg. It touched Rs 50 last month and now it is available at Rs 80 to Rs 100 per kg,” said Dezi Kumari, a housewife.

The prices of French beans and capsicum have touched Rs 100 per kg.

Jharkhand witnesses bumper production of tomatoes every year but the vegetable is thrown on the roads due to lack of cold storage facilities and no support from the state government, farmers said.

“We get no support from the state government… We were not able to get even the transport cost this year which forced us to throw tomatoes on the roads. Taking back tomatoes from the market would have cost much more than the production cost,” Sarthi Mahto, a tomato grower, told IANS.

The tomatoes rot when not preserved in cold storage, say farmers.

“The farmers’ lives could be changed if the state government makes arrangements for its (tomatoes) preservation. Jharkhand is one of the states where good quality of tomatoes and peas are produced but the farmers are not getting the market,” said another farmer, Nandlal Munda.

Four farmers have committed suicide this year in Jharkhand due to debt.

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Six dead in road accidents in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar, Jan 22: At least six persons were killed and four others injured in two separate road accidents in Odisha on Monday.

A deadly head-on collision between a truck and an auto-rickshaw on new Jagannath Sadak in Satyabadi area of Puri district claimed five lives and left three others injured on Sunday night, said police on Monday.

Satyabadi Inspector-in-Charge Krushna Chandra Sethy said the deceased and the injured have been identified as the residents of Andalsingha village.

Eight persons were returning after attending a funeral at Swargadwar in Puri when the auto they were travelling in was hit by a truck, said police.

While four died on the spot, one succumbed to his injury at Puri District Headquarters Hospital (DHH).

The condition of the injured was stated to be critical.

In another road accident, a person died and his wife sustained critical injuries after being hit by an unidentified vehicle at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

The deceased was identified as Dambarudhar Behera, 50. His wife has been admitted to Capital Hospital here.

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Uttar Pradesh: Dense fog causes bus-truck collision, 36 injured

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Lucknow, Jan 22: Three dozen passengers, travelling on a Uttar Pradesh roadways bus, were injured on Monday after the vehicle was hit by a speeding truck due to low visibility, police said.

The head-on collision took place near the Charpaan turn near Belipaar on the Gorakhpur-Varanasi highway.

The impact was so severe that the bus was badly damaged. A police officer said fog and poor visibility led to the accident.

The injured included 33 passengers from the bus, the bus driver, truck driver and a cleaner of the truck. Condition of two persons were serious.

The injured were admitted to the district hospital while the serious ones were rushed to the the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur.

The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) bus belonged to the Allahabad Depot. It was on its way to Gorakhpur when the accident occurred.

While the weather has cleared in most parts, fog and poor visibility continues in eastern parts of the state, especially on the national highways leading to such accidents.

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CISF recovers 20 live cartridges from woman at Adarsh ​​Nagar Metro Station

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New Delhi, Jan 22: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel on Monday seized twenty  live cartridges from a woman at Adarsh Nagar metro station in the national capital during security checking.

The Adarsh Nagar metro station is located on the Yellow Line stretch of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), runs from Samaypur Badli to Huda city centre in Gurugram.

More details awaited.

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