For the second week in a row, onion prices on December 10 stayed above the Rs 100 per kg mark, as government efforts to cool the rates seem to be taking more time than expected. The rates were as high as Rs 165 a kg in Panaji, while the average of 114 major cities in the country came to over Rs 100, according to official data available here.Onion prices started to climb from September and have averaged over Rs 100 per kg since November 25.Onion, which is an essential ingredient in many food preparations, is a politically sensitive item and its high prices have been a cause of defeat for many governments in the past.Close According to the data, onion prices are ruling at Rs 96 per kg in the national capital, Rs 102 per kg in Mumbai, Rs 100 in Chennai and Rs 140 per kg in Kolkata. related news India asks Japan to reduce trade surplus before Shinzo Abe's visit Gold slips Rs 33 to Rs 37,766 per 10 gram, silver gains Rs 50 to Rs 43,275 per kg U.S. Democrats announce impeachment … [Read more...] about Onion prices remain high across major cities; Avg rate Rs 100/kg, highest Rs 165/kg at Panaji
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After disrupting the packaged goods industry, yoga guru-turned-businessman Baba Ramdev has set his eyes on India’s estimated $67-billion apparel market, of which more than 90 percent is unbranded. On November 5, Patanjali Ayurved entered the branded apparel segment with Paridhan and three sub-brands -- Livefit, Aastha and Sanskar -- to sell every kind of clothes with his unique swadesi twist.Ramdev’s ambition is to generate Rs 1,000 crore by March 31, 2020, or within a period of less than one-and-a-half-year, which will likely be record growth for any apparel brand in India, if not the entire world. But will cheap pricing, coupled with Ramdev’s unique marketing that comes with the swadesi twist, disrupt established brands in the apparel sector?In apparel, Patanjali plans to start with some 3,500 stock keeping units (SKUs) of around 1,100 different clothes – from yoga wear to jeans – which will be priced around 40 percent cheaper than established … [Read more...] about Opinion | Can Patanjali’s Paridhan be a threat to big apparel brands?
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) is a flagship project of the Government of India that aims to provide affordable housing for the urban poor, rural poor, and other sections of the society who are homeless. The scheme was launched in 2015 with an aim to build 20 million houses by 2020. There are two categories of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana:Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban: This has specific project verticals to address the needs of those who are in urban areas. Individuals who belong to Economically Weak Section or Low Income Group or Middle Income Group can also avail of the benefits under this scheme.Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin: Under this category, those who are homeless or reside in zero, one or two-room kutcha houses as per the data collected from the Socio-Economic and Caste Census 2011 are eligible to avail of the benefits.Close Types of PMAYAs mentioned above, there are two categories of PMAY: related news Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana … [Read more...] about About Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana
Normal life was impacted on December 10 in Assam's Brahmaputra Valley due to a state wide bandh called by two students' organizations in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.After being debated for many hours, the contentious Bill was passed in the Lower House on December 9 with 311 members favouring it and 80 voting against it.However, the 11-hour shutdown, called by the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and the North East Students' Organisation (NESO) -- an apex body of the region’s student unions -- failed to evoke much impact in the Bengali-dominated Barak Valley.Close In Maligaon area of the city, a government-run bus was pelted with stones and a scooter set on fire, news agency PTI reported. related news Imran Khan asks international community to press India to lift Kashmir restrictions Won't support Bill till we get clarity on Shiv Sena queries: Uddhav Thackeray BJP's Vijayvargiya slams Mamata Banerjee over her opposition to CAB, NRC Also … [Read more...] about Citizenship (Amendment) Bill protests: Bandh agitators clash with security forces in Assam, train services affected
In August 2014, The Lancet – perhaps the world’s best-known medical journal – had published “An Open Letter for the People of Gaza,” criticizing Israel in the wake of the 2014 Gaza conflict.Richard Horton, the editor-in-chief of the journal since 1995, had taken a lot of heat, with Sir Mark Pepys, ex-Head of Medicine at University College London saying, “Horton’s behaviour in this case is consistent with his longstanding and wholly inappropriate use of The Lancet as a vehicle for his own extreme political views.Close It has greatly detracted from the former high standing of the journal.” Richard Horton had responded then with a telling rebuttal: “How can you separate politics and health? The two go hand-in-hand.” Horton, it appears, truly stands by that line, as he has inserted his fingers into the most bountiful political pie of all – the Indian General Elections. related news Simply Save podcast | It's time … [Read more...] about Podcast | Editor’s pick of the day: Medical journal Lancet lauds PM Modi’s ‘Ayushman Bharat’ programme