New Delhi: Onion prices, which are ruling as high as Rs 70-80 per kg in some parts of the country, will calm down in the next few days with supply being boosted through agencies like Nafed, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday. Onion prices have gradually increased in the last one month due to supply disruption from flood-hit onion-growing states like Maharashtra. Last week’s rainfall has further affected the supply, due to which onion prices have surged up to Rs 70-80 per kg in the national capital and other parts of the country, as per trade sources. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “Onion situation will improve in the next few days. Cooperative Nafed is releasing stock from the central buffer at a lower price. We have enough stock of onions,” Tomar told reporters after the launch of two mobile apps for farmers. The government is aware of the onion situation and taking measures to balance in the interest of both farmers and consumers, he said. “At times, consumers have to pay high price for farm items; and at times, farmers get less price for their produce. Our role is to balance this. We are aware of it and are taking several measures,” Tomar added. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Right now, stored onions are sold in most parts of the country, as fresh Kharif (summer) crop will hit the market from November onwards, traders said. Traders further said that there is enough supply of stored onion of the previous year’s crop in the country, but its transportation has been affected because of heavy rains. The centre has taken several measures to arrest the prices of onion in Delhi and other parts of the country. It is offloading onion from its buffer stock through agencies like Nafed and National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India (NCCF) which are selling at around Rs 22/kg and state-run Mother Dairy at Rs 23.90 per kg in the national capital. The state governments have been asked to boost supply in their states lifting central buffer stock. Some states like Delhi, Tripura and Andhra Pradesh have shown interest so far. The centre has a buffer stock of 56,000 tonnes of onion, of which 16,000 tonnes has been offloaded so far. In Delhi, 200 tonnes a day is being offloaded. Besides, the centre has discouraged export of onion by increasing the minimum export price and withdrawing incentives. It is also cracking down on black marketers. Besides rains, prices are under pressure on likely fall in Kharif production of this year owing to the less planted area under onion on account of excess rains, the sources added.
New Delhi: The Delhi Commission For Women (DCW) on Tuesday issued notice to police seeking details of investigation in a case where a female journalist was injured while resisting a snatching bid. In her complaint, the woman stated that after shopping in south Delhi’s CR park on Sunday evening, she was returning home in an autorickshaw when two men on motorcycle snatched her mobile phone. In the struggle, she fell from the auto while the men fled from the spot, a senior police officer said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles “This is a very serious matter. Incidents of snatching and subsequent assaults especially on women and girls are on rampant rise in Delhi,” the DCW said in the notice. The panel has sought a copy of the FIR, details of steps taken by the police to identify and arrest the accused persons and copy of the CCTV footage related to the incident. The DCW has sought a detailed status report on the investigation in the matter. The police have been given time till September 28 to respond to the notice.
New Delhi: A 49-year-old Nepal national was arrested after four years for raping a minor girl in Okhla area. Police, with the help of a secret informer, brought back rape accused to India on the pretext of tailor job and arrested him from Delhi Gate.Police identified the accused as Vijay Kumar Damai. The accused was declared Proclaimed Offender (PO). According to police, a woman complainant reported on August 10, 2015 when she went to the school to bring her daughter back to the home, she came to know that one person aged about 50 years, posed himself as the grandfather of the child, had already taken away her daughter at about 1 pm. The woman recalled that person as Vijay living in the same building as a tenant and her daughter usually called him ‘Dada’. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarShe and her husband searched her daughter everywhere in the locality and adjoining areas but not found. In the evening, her daughter was found in a pool of blood in the jungle near Sanjay Colony. On the basis of MLC result, a case of rape and attempt to murder was registered at Okhla police station. The suspect Sanjay was found absconding. After this incident, several teams were formed and all out efforts were made to nab accused Sanjay. During investigation, it was revealed that Sanjay fled to Nepal and it became difficult for the police team to bring him back to India. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaDeputy Commissioner of Police (central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that recently they received information related to the whereabouts of the accused in Nepal. A secret informer was sent to Nepal who developed good intimacy with the accused Vijay. Soon, the informer convinced the accused that the case of rape registered against him has been closed and now he can arrange a good job for him in Delhi since there is a shortage of good tailors in Delhi. “Earlier, accused Vijay did not show any interest to come back to India but after regular pursuance of the secret informer, accused Vijay finally planned to shift Delhi,” DCP Central said adding that on September 28 he was arrested from Delhi Gate. Police said that the accused was living in the same building and on two to three occasions, the victim’s father abused him. He planned to teach him a lesson. “Vijay took the girl from the school and went in the jungle near Sanjay Colony where he raped her and tried to kill her,” police said. “In the last four years, he worked as a tailor in Kathmandu, Bhutwal and other places in Nepal and occasionally visits his house in Nepal and therefore, he could not be tracked by the police team,” police said.