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Madhya Pradesh plans MSP for vegetables and fruits

PUBLISHED ON NOV 28, 2020 11:29 AM IST
The plan is to initially provide MSP for 12 vegetables including cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, onions, carrots. The list of fruits is yet to finalised.
Haryana BJP president OP Dhankar on Thursday dismissed the farm bills passed by the Punjab assembly as ineffective.(HT File)
Haryana BJP president OP Dhankar on Thursday dismissed the farm bills passed by the Punjab assembly as ineffective.(HT File)

Punjab farm bills are ‘zero’, says Haryana BJP chief

Himdustan Times/Ambala | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 12:58 AM IST
Asks with purchase of crops under MSP made punishable if the market price of a crop is already low and a farmer wants to sell it, who buy the crop?
Public standing in line for Free Ration at Nahar Road,Malad during lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic.(Hindustan Times)
Public standing in line for Free Ration at Nahar Road,Malad during lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic.(Hindustan Times)

Calls for free ration grow as migrants fight hunger

By Zia Haq, Smriti Kak Ramachandran and Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2020 03:51 AM IST
The Union government has allowed charities and states to buy extra stocks of federally held foodgrains at a reserve but cheaper-than-market price as several migrant workers battle a food crisis.
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Midday Meal Scheme: Teachers face problems selling used gunny bags, education dept refuses to budge

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Harmandeep Singh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2019 10:04 PM IST
The government has fixed prices at 12 for jute gunny bags and 4 for plastic gunny bags but teachers said scrap dealers will not buy the used bags at such high rates
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Chapati-milk not enough to tackle protein deficiency in pet dogs: Vet varsity

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Amarpal Singh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2019 11:22 PM IST
The Adityanath government has presided over unimaginable misgovernance, brought an unprecedented despondency to the state, vehemently worked towards weakening democracy, and sought to dismantle the fabled(PTI)
The Adityanath government has presided over unimaginable misgovernance, brought an unprecedented despondency to the state, vehemently worked towards weakening democracy, and sought to dismantle the fabled(PTI)

Adityanath has wasted his astounding mandate

By Lalitesh Pati Tripathi and Akash Satyawali
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2019 07:06 PM IST
The government has failed in the areas of agriculture, health care, women safety, media freedom, and economy
Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik has ordered a probe by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) into alleged instances of cornering high-value prime land in Jammu and Srinagar(ANI Photo)
Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik has ordered a probe by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) into alleged instances of cornering high-value prime land in Jammu and Srinagar(ANI Photo)

J-K Governor orders probe into ‘land-grab’ cases

Srinagar | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 11:22 PM IST
Governor Malik ordered the probe on a spate of complaints of cornering prime pieces of land by irregular or fraudulent implementation of the now repealed law, which had been enacted to tackle encroachments by giving land rights to its occupants on payment of market price.
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Ludhiana Improvement Trust to hold e-auction for 36 commercial properties

UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 10:23 PM IST
Properties to be auctioned at half the market price
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed a real estate developer to either deliver a vacant 2BHK flat admeasuring 800 sqft or refund an amount of ₹5 lakh with 20 per cent interest to the widow of the deceased who had booked an apartment by the developer in 2002. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed a real estate developer to either deliver a vacant 2BHK flat admeasuring 800 sqft or refund an amount of ₹5 lakh with 20 per cent interest to the widow of the deceased who had booked an apartment by the developer in 2002. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

Pune builder fails to give flat; consumer forum orders 2 BHK or Rs 5 lakh compensation to victim

Pune | By Nadeem Inamdar
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2019 01:54 AM IST
The forum has also directed the builder, identified as Kailas Narayan Kale of Kale and Associates, Sadashiv peth, to pay an additional amount of 50,000 to the complainant, Bharati Baban Shewale, by way of compensation towards mental and physical agony.
Cardinal Mar George Alancherry was removed from the post last year after a section of believers and priests alleged that he had sold a prime land owned by the church in Kochi.(Wikipedia/ Emmanuel Parekkattu)
Cardinal Mar George Alancherry was removed from the post last year after a section of believers and priests alleged that he had sold a prime land owned by the church in Kochi.(Wikipedia/ Emmanuel Parekkattu)

Crisis grips Syro-Malabar church as over 150 priests oppose Cardinal’s reinstatement

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
PUBLISHED ON JUN 29, 2019 11:59 AM IST
Over 150 priests have decided not to co-operate with Cardinal Mar George Alancherry who was reinstated as the head of the diocese by Vatican on Thursday as he faces allegations of corruption.
A joint raid by the Delhi food safety department and Delhi Police on Wednesday led to the seizure of at least 5,700kg of counterfeit ghee from two wholesale shop in Shahdara and Khanpur.(HT File (Representative Image))
A joint raid by the Delhi food safety department and Delhi Police on Wednesday led to the seizure of at least 5,700kg of counterfeit ghee from two wholesale shop in Shahdara and Khanpur.(HT File (Representative Image))

5,700kg of spurious ghee recovered in Shahdara, Khanpur

New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2019 07:24 AM IST
The raid was conducted following complaints from dairy brand Milkfood, which led to the seizure of 330 cartons of 15kg each filled with fake brand labels.
The raid was conducted on the complaint of the company whose products were being counterfeited.(HTPhotos)
The raid was conducted on the complaint of the company whose products were being counterfeited.(HTPhotos)

Food safety dept seizes over 1,000kg counterfeit ghee after raid on market

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2019 07:18 AM IST
Although legal proceedings will be filed after an analysis of the samples in Delhi’s food safety lab, even upon a physical inspection, the counterfeit ghee was not found to be up to the mark.
The villagers have decided to hold a Mahapanchayat and threatened that they would boycott the Lok Sabha elections on May 12 if chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and sitting BJP MP from Gurugram Rao Inderjit Singh do not sort out the matter.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)
The villagers have decided to hold a Mahapanchayat and threatened that they would boycott the Lok Sabha elections on May 12 if chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and sitting BJP MP from Gurugram Rao Inderjit Singh do not sort out the matter.(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Told to ‘return’ compensation, 72 Manesar villages may boycott polls

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 10:10 AM IST
The notices were served to meet the directive of a February 8 Supreme Court order to reverse the compensation amount in a time-bound manner by June 30.
The Centre may consider a higher subsidy for families refilling cooking gas cylinders under its welfare scheme Ujjwala, which offers free cooking gas connections to poor households.(HT File Photo)
The Centre may consider a higher subsidy for families refilling cooking gas cylinders under its welfare scheme Ujjwala, which offers free cooking gas connections to poor households.(HT File Photo)

Centre may boost subsidy on refilling cooking gas under Ujjwala scheme

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2019 07:47 AM IST
Ujjwala subscribers don’t receive any extra subsidy for refilling their gas canisters beyond the normal discount of around Rs 217 per refill per month.
A farmer in Kota engaged in the cultivation of Kharif crops.(HT File Photo)
A farmer in Kota engaged in the cultivation of Kharif crops.(HT File Photo)

Procurement worth Rs 30,000 crore failed to lift prices of pulses: Nafed

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2019 07:46 AM IST
Minimum support prices (MSPs) are federally fixed benchmark rates that farmers ought to get to remain profitable. Prices of many pulse varieties have fallen below the minimum support prices.
Domestic cooking gas (LPG) price was cut by Rs 5.91 per cylinder Monday, the second straight reduction in a month’s time due to tax impact on reduced market rate of the fuel.(Reuters Photo)
Domestic cooking gas (LPG) price was cut by Rs 5.91 per cylinder Monday, the second straight reduction in a month’s time due to tax impact on reduced market rate of the fuel.(Reuters Photo)

Subsidised LPG cylinder gets cheaper by Rs 6, non-subsidised by Rs 120.50

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2018 08:20 PM IST
This is the second straight monthly reduction in LPG rate. On December 1, subsidised LPG price was cut by Rs 6.52 per bottle.
BSE benchmark Sensex rallied 391 points and NSE Nifty reclaimed the 10,800 level Thursday on positive cues from Wall Street as US stocks recovered from heavy losses.(HT File Photo)
BSE benchmark Sensex rallied 391 points and NSE Nifty reclaimed the 10,800 level Thursday on positive cues from Wall Street as US stocks recovered from heavy losses.(HT File Photo)

Sensex rallies over 300 points on positive global cues, Nifty reclaims 10,800 level

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2018 10:39 AM IST
The rupee, meanwhile, weakened against the US dollar, and was trading at 70.27 a dollar, down 0.27 per cent from its previous close. Brent crude, the international benchmark, was down 1.18 per cent at USD 54.64 per barrel.
The prices of tomatoes increased after long time from ₹ 30 to ₹ 60 per 10 kilogramme last week to ₹ 80 to ₹100 per 10 kilogrammes.(RAVINDRA JOSHI/HT PHOTO)
The prices of tomatoes increased after long time from ₹ 30 to ₹ 60 per 10 kilogramme last week to ₹ 80 to ₹100 per 10 kilogrammes.(RAVINDRA JOSHI/HT PHOTO)

Market watch: Onions hit an all-time low in Pune

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shrinivas Deshpande
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2018 03:50 PM IST
 On Sunday,the prices of tomatoes,capsicums,ladies finger increased by 15 per cent while the prices of peas decreased
Workers load liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cooking cylinders onto a supply truck. Image for representation.(Reuters file photo)
Workers load liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cooking cylinders onto a supply truck. Image for representation.(Reuters file photo)

Subsidised gas price cut by Rs 6.5, non-subsidised by Rs 133

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2018 07:31 PM IST
The price reduction comes soon after six consecutive monthly hikes in rates since June. Prior to this price cut, rates had gone up by Rs 14.13 per cylinder since then.
Farmers take part in a march organised by the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) organisation and Communist Party of India (Marxist) in New Delhi on November 29, 2018, as they call for pro-farmer legislation in the Indian parliament.(AFP)
Farmers take part in a march organised by the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) organisation and Communist Party of India (Marxist) in New Delhi on November 29, 2018, as they call for pro-farmer legislation in the Indian parliament.(AFP)

Government has failed to check rising input costs, claim farmers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2018 07:57 AM IST
Farmers’ march: Thousands of farmers have pitched tents in the capital to demand a session of Parliament devoted exclusively to agriculture. They also want passage of two farmer-oriented private member’s bills endorsed by 21 Opposition parties in the Parliament.
In what has been a depressing farm season, soyabean stands out as the only commodity — apart from rice — for which farmers are getting relatively better prices among 13 summer-sown commodities for which the Modi government had promised higher returns.(Reuters File Photo)
In what has been a depressing farm season, soyabean stands out as the only commodity — apart from rice — for which farmers are getting relatively better prices among 13 summer-sown commodities for which the Modi government had promised higher returns.(Reuters File Photo)

US-China trade war helps raise soya price

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2018 12:01 AM IST
The gap between MSP and actual market prices received by farmers in the case of soyabean has been far narrower than what it has been for other commodities. Low farm-end prices are a key reason why retail food inflation shrunk 0.86% in October, its steepest fall in 13 months, official data show.
The Centre is offering states nearly 3.4 million tonnes of pulses at a deep discount to pare its own ballooning reserves, following record procurement during 2017-18, to calm farmers roiled by low prices.(Bloomberg)
The Centre is offering states nearly 3.4 million tonnes of pulses at a deep discount to pare its own ballooning reserves, following record procurement during 2017-18, to calm farmers roiled by low prices.(Bloomberg)

To clear stocks, Centre gives big pulse discounts to states

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
PUBLISHED ON NOV 09, 2018 11:59 PM IST
Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh has written letters to all chief ministers, offering them centrally stocked pulses at a heavy discount of Rs15 a Kg to prevailing wholesale prices (which are anyway low) in their respective states.
The availability of DBT may even help improve the existing PDS, as it will have to deliver value for people to continue to choose it over DBT. The economic viability of PDS dealers can be improved by allowing them to stock other products too, so that PDS is not their only source of revenue.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
The availability of DBT may even help improve the existing PDS, as it will have to deliver value for people to continue to choose it over DBT. The economic viability of PDS dealers can be improved by allowing them to stock other products too, so that PDS is not their only source of revenue.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

We need a choice-based approach in the Public Distribution System

By Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2018 07:24 PM IST
The choice-based approach reflects the reality that people in different places and times want different things, and improves beneficiary welfare by expanding their options. It also reduces the political and ethical risks of the reform
If farmers, the world over, including in emerging economies such as India, are able to benefit from such approaches towards price and yield risk management, they will be able to build a great deal of resilience in their approaches towards agriculture.(Getty Images)
If farmers, the world over, including in emerging economies such as India, are able to benefit from such approaches towards price and yield risk management, they will be able to build a great deal of resilience in their approaches towards agriculture.(Getty Images)

Risk management is the way forward for farming

By Nachiket Mor
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2018 11:53 AM IST
If agriculturalists can benefit from price and yield variations, they will be able to build long-term resilience
The government sets MSPs for 24 crops that are meant to act as a profitable, base price. However, over the past two years, market prices have trended well below these benchmark thresholds in many crops — the root cause of farm distress. (AP File Photo)
The government sets MSPs for 24 crops that are meant to act as a profitable, base price. However, over the past two years, market prices have trended well below these benchmark thresholds in many crops — the root cause of farm distress. (AP File Photo)

Cabinet unveils three options to guarantee MSP

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2018 12:16 AM IST
The policies envisage, for the first time, the role of private firms in acting as a buyer on behalf of the government on a trial basis.
The government may choose to subsidise a part of the price but tax will have to be paid at market rates. This has led to increase in price.(Reuters/File Photo)
The government may choose to subsidise a part of the price but tax will have to be paid at market rates. This has led to increase in price.(Reuters/File Photo)

LPG price hiked by Rs 1.76 per cylinder

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2018 01:08 AM IST
All LPG consumers have to buy the fuel at market price. The government, however, subsidises 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each per households in a year by providing the subsidy amount directly in bank accounts of users.
Balbharati, the Maharashtra state bureau of textbook production and curriculum research, has planned to copyright its books in order to prevent commercialisation.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Balbharati, the Maharashtra state bureau of textbook production and curriculum research, has planned to copyright its books in order to prevent commercialisation.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

Private publishers seek CM’s help to address Balbharati copyright fee

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Ananya Barua
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2018 03:05 PM IST
As per a policy announced on May 25, any textbook published with excerpts from Balbharati textbooks, without necessary permission, will face legal action. The move restricted private publishers from releasing supplementary books for the academic year 2018-2019.
The prices of milk and sugar in the wholesale market have fallen between ₹5 and ₹10.(HT File (Representational Image))
The prices of milk and sugar in the wholesale market have fallen between ₹5 and ₹10.(HT File (Representational Image))

Cut retail prices of milk, sugar: Maharashtra consumer activists

Hindustan Times | By Surendra P Gangan
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2018 01:08 AM IST
Despite the dip in the wholesale prices, the retail prices of these commodities are still high.
The estimates are that the rates may further go up.(Representative image)
The estimates are that the rates may further go up.(Representative image)

Windfall for potato growers as prices shoots up to double after years

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Brajendra K Parashar
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2018 03:04 PM IST
After getting low price for years, the potato-growers can finally heave a sigh of relief, all thanks to shooting up of prices to more than the double from what it was just a few months ago.
The government’s attempts to revise rates for leased out plots has been caught up in litigation.(HT FILE)
The government’s attempts to revise rates for leased out plots has been caught up in litigation.(HT FILE)

Will Maharashtra government succeed in revising rates for leased plots this time?

Hindustan Times | By Faisal Malik
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2018 11:33 AM IST
The government tried to revise rates in 1983, 1999 and 2012, but failed each time. Now it’s trying again
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