Hoarding of pulses – raids in Bhopal, Neemuch, Ratlam

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pulses hoardingBhopal : Rising prices of daily commodity such as pulses forced the district administration to take cognitive steps resulting in rounding up of hoarders and confiscation of huge stocks of pulses from the central region of India, with particular reference to cities like Ratlam, Neemuch and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, as a consequence after state government imposed control order on pulses in Madhya Pradesh due to spiraling prices. The state government declared that wholesalers could stock pulses up to 2000 quintals in cities with over 10 lakh population. The order came after skyrocketing price of pulses. In Bhopal, Tuar dal traded at almost as high as Rs 197/kg in the retail market.

District administration sprung into action and conducted raids in many establishments which wrer hoarding pulses in the cities of Bhopal, Neemuch and Ratlam on Sunday and seized large amounts of pulses from their godowns and business establishments. In Bhopal itself, raids were conducted on establishments of six suppliers of pulses, from where 2100 quintals of pulses were confiscated from a mill and around 18.10 quintal pulses was seized from a mart, from raids done at late midnight of Saturday, and carried forward to Sunday.

District Food Controller in-charge, Vivek Saxena confirmed – after Madhya Pradesh Essential Commodities Trade Stock Limit and Restriction of Hoarding order 2015, we have raided at six places. At two places, we found pulses more than limit. We have seized the pulses. He further added that raids would continue to dissuade illegal hoarding of pulses.

Neemuch and Ratlam district administration conducted search operations at pulse godowns and seized large quantity of hoarded pulses on Sunday. From Neemuch, they seized 774 quintals of pulses stocked by two traders, while in Ratlam, the team confiscated 503 quintals of pulses from seven godowns.

Flustered with this swift action taken by government agencies, traders began to raise slogans and registered their protest against the order. Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) state president Vivek Sahu said, ‘This order will promote inspector raj in the state. The prices have increased nation-wide and it’s not a local problem. Now, traders will have to face trouble. The condition of trade will deteriorate.’

The recent raids have brought some relief to the consumers and it is expected to clamp down rising pulses’ prices in the short term, and would thereby make way for a stable priced retail trade in the medium to long term time period.

Iran and P5+1 announce implementation of nuclear deal

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iranTehran : Iran’s foreign ministry has taken a major step forward in implementation of nuclear deal. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif and European Union (EU) foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini issued a joint statement, in which they highlighted the announcement concerning nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, P5 + 1, namely – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States plus Germany. The joint statement announced the start of implementation of the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the six world powers in the earlier month of July this year. An immediate impact of this announcement would be that now, Iran would start implementing its obligations pertaining to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the UN nuclear watchdog would prepare the means to monitor Iran’s measures.

According to the nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers reached on July 14 in the Austrian capital of Vienna, Iran would improve transparency of its nuclear plan, downsize its capacity for uranium enrichment and do changes in the structure of its heavy water reactor in exchange for international and Western sanctions relief.On July 14, Iran reached the JCPOA with P5+1 over its controversial nuclear program after more than 18 months of marathon talks.Under the deal, all of the nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran would be lifted if the Islamic republic adheres to abide by the deal over the next 10 years, the lifting of sanctions would then proceed in a step-by-step manner.

Iran took another firm step in the direction of its Safeguards Agreement, wherein, Iran notified Yukiya Amano, Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), that it would provisionally apply the Additional Protocol to its Safeguards Agreement when the nuclear deal would come into effect.

As a consequence of this announcement by Iran on beginning of implementation of nuclear deal, the United States of America took its administrative responsibility on Iran sanctions. In Washington, US President Barack Obama on Sunday ordered his administration to take steps to lift sanctions on Iran, as part of the nuclear agreement.He stated these exact words in a memorandum to US secretaries of state, energy, commerce and the treasury – I hereby direct you to take all necessary steps to give effect to the US commitments with respect to sanctions on Iran. The steps will take effect upon confirmation by the secretary of state that Iran had met its commitments under the JCPOA, after the IAEA verifies that Iran had fully complied with the terms of the agreement.

Kashmir calls for a bandh, as violence erupts over truck attack victim’s death

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kashmir bandhSrinagar: Violence erupted in many parts of Kashmir Valley on Sunday after a victim of the October 9 fire-bomb attack on a truck in Udhampur died in Delhi. This death triggered a demand from separatists and others, who called for a bandh on Monday, amidst violent protests and disruptions. Police sources revealed that a bandh is anticipated in the beginning of week, as protesters have decided to take out protest march in support of the deceased.

Zahid Rasool Bhat, who was being treated for serious burn injuries in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, died early on Sunday, as confirmed by police personnel. As news of the death in Delhi spread on Sunday, mobs took to the streets in the southern district of Anantnag in Kashmir Valley and blocked Jammu-Srinagar highway by burning tyres. This highway happens to be the most strategic road link between Kashmir Valley and the rest of India. Protesters resorted to stone pelting and threw stones at security personnel who tried to disperse them with tear gas, triggering street battles.

Meanwhile, separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik and local traders, transporters and manufacturers unions called for a complete protest shutdown on Monday against the incident. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the state government was to blame for Bhat’s death as it failed to provide security to the truckers.

Zahid Bhat and another Kashmiri from Anantnag district, Showkat Ahmad Dar, 35, sustained major injuries when a mob hurled a petrol bomb on their stationary truck at Udhampur on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. The attackers, identified as a total of five, namely – Sandoor Singh, Danish alias Pamma, Harish Singh, Balbahadur Singh and Varinder Singh alias Kaka – were booked with murder charges added to the FIR, besides being accused of rioting and stoking communal passion, under the Public Safety Act, normally used against terrorists in the country’s only Muslim-majority state.

The attack took place following a beef party hosted by independent legislator Engineer Rashid in Srinagar. Both the victims of the attack were flown to Safdarjung Hospital, where Zahid succumbed to his injuries.Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed had visited the injured at the hospital three days back.

Amidst protests over his death, Bhat’s body was flown from Delhi to Kashmir on Sunday evening in a state-owned aircraft, which was received at the Srinagar airport by ruling Peoples Democratic Party president and Lok Sabha member Mehbooba Mufti, state Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, and state Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Syed Basharat Bukhari, besides state police chief K. Rajendra Kumar and other senior officials.

A large contingent of police and paramilitary forces formed part of the convoy in which the body was taken to Batango village in Anantnag district, where the burial would take place. People gathered in large numbers, on the highway from Bijbehara town onwards to Batango village, 52 km from Srinagar city.

Former chief ministers Dr. Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah expressed shock over the death of the youth and blamed the BJP and its ruling alliance partners for stoking communal passions which led to the Udhampur attack. Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed too condoled the death of the youth and assured speedy investigation.

In the wake of the bandh call, major events and schools and colleges are expected to be closed down this Monday as a security measure.

Amit Shah pulls up top party leaders over Beef row

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amit shahNew Delhi : The entire political community had been actively involved in Beef row, ever since Dadri lynching mishap created a divide between politicians forcing them to voice their opinions in public. Many leaders from the ruling BJP government in centre too made statements which evoked further discussions and forced Prime Minister himself to take cognizance of the beef row and give a word of sympathy on Dadri lynching, With Bihar election on the rolls and two phases already under voting, the Beef row escalation reached the doors of BJP President Amit Shah who, in the wake of Bihar polls, decided to hold a meet with in-house babbling politicians and draw a line.

Media and opposition as well as allies screaming about BJP’s fringe elements hurting its credibility with irresponsible utterances, lead to a meeting scheduled between Amit Shah and other leaders who have been in the limelight very recently for provoking sentiments and triggering the beef row and escalating it to the next level. Under fire from its allies and the Opposition — and as a damage control measure on reports that the party is losing the edge in Bihar — the BJP on Sunday reprimanded some of its top leaders for their controversial remarks on the Dadri lynching and cow slaughter.

BJP chief Amit Shah summoned Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan, MP Sakshi Maharaj and Uttar Pradesh MLA Sangeet Som to the party office in the morning and pulled them up for ‘making unnecessary inflammatory remarks’. Information trickling from the meet revealed that Shah’s message was directed at Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma as well, though Sharma was not present at the meeting. According to party sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his disapproval over the statements and conveyed his displeasure to Shah. It is being said that under PM Modi’s request to tighten the noose, party President Amit Shah took the step of issuing a strict warning against such remarks. Amit Shah is supposed to have conveyed to the leaders about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s uneasiness with their reckless remarks which threatened to dent image of party at a time when Bihar was in poll mode and the fallout of the controversy could create an adverse situation for the the party.