The News 20th Sept

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Apple blushes to humble ‘ONION’

Housewives find apples are far less cheaper to buy than the everyday essential vegetable

Courtesy-Sudhir Suryawanshi @ss_suryawanshi

Mumbai: Now, onions are costlier than apples. The cost of one kilo of apples is between Rs50 to Rs70. However, onions are being sold at rates between Rs70 to Rs80 per kg. And, there is no sign of its price coming down.
Last month, Asia’s largest onion market Lasalgaon received only 1.33 lakh quintals of onions (a quintal is 100kg) against 3 lakh quintals in August 2012. This September, the market received less than 50,000 quintals against 2.7 lakh quintals last year. Actually, by September every year, onion price starts receding because of abundant supply of onions and stock left from the year before.
Rajshree Patil, a resident of Nerul, Navi Mumbai, said, apples have become cheaper than onions for the first time. “Apples are being sold at Rs40 to Rs70 per kg while onions from Rs70 to Rs80. Onion price is continuously soaring. There is no sign of it falling. It has badly hit my household budget. We want to skip onions but we cannot do without them. Onion is an important ingredient in non-vegetarian dishes,” she said.
This year because of excessive rainfall onions failed to mature properly and that hit supply. On the other hand, the old stock of onion dried up.
“We imported 5000 tonnes of onions from Egypt, but they were sold out within a week. Prices will continue to remain high for some time. We are
getting onions from Hubli
in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh,” said Ashok Walunje, director of agriculture product market committee (APMC) .
NCP chief and agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said, “Whenever farmers get a lower price for their products nobody does anything for them. So, let them get a good price for some time. My farmers should not suffer because of the export ban. Most of the time, farmers are deprived of getting a good price,” he said.
“It will take two or three weeks to ease onion prices,” he tweeted.
The Congress party blames Pawar for the high price of onions. “This is a deliberate ploy of Pawar to increase onion prices and disturb the arithmetic of the Congress in New Delhi, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh state polls.
“Most of the onion traders and onion market committees are either owned by members of the Nationalist Congress Party or are indirectly controlled by them. So, Pawar is the main person behind this volatile situation. He is indirectly helping the Bharatiya Janata Party. This is nothing but Pawar politics,” said a Congress leader, who requested anonymity.
However, Nanasaheb Patil, president of Shetkari Kruti Samiti, told dna that Pawar was not to be blamed.
“If there is no onion production, then from where will Pawar bring the onions? The drought of last year, followed by continuous and heavy rainfall damaged onion crops. There is less supply against the demand, therefore prices are shooting up. The buyer has to bear with this for some time for the benefit of farmers,” he said.


The show must go on-‘ Leander Paes’

Mumbai: “The next time anyone calls you old, tell them that you are half my age and have a lifetime to live,” Leander Paes said that’s what his neighbour told him.
When the whole country is speculating about 40-year-old Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement, Paes, who is also of the same age, is never far away from the same question.
“As long as I am happy, not lonely and I enjoy the game, the show must go on,” Paes said after being felicitated at the Khar Gymkhana for winning the US Open men’s doubles title recently.
“Both Sachin and Vishy (Vishwanathan Anand) have been my contemporaries. Sachin’s contribution is unquestionable. We were not only born at the same time but we had a same sort of journey in our respective careers.
“Though the physical attribute of chess is not recognised but having known Vishy, I know how much he trains to keep his mind, body and soul to maintain his concentration,” Paes said.
Paes added that he still has lot of tennis left in him and is eyeing 2016 Rio Olympics.
“The last Olympics left a bad taste in the mouth. However, gearing up for Rio is the biggest motivating factor for me but I have to ensure both my form and health hold me in good stead.
“I have to make sure I am ready.”
The audience gave the legend a standing ovation after he spoke about his game and how he is still a student of his craft. “I still need to improve my game around the baseline. I keep watching Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic to learn the balance they have on court.”
Despite many accolades coming his way, Paes said he believes he is yet to perfect his game and asserted that it is possible if one can get his body and mind to it. Age is not a factor.
Paes’ next target is the World Championships and a couple of preparatory tournaments leading to that.
“I leave on Sunday for Thai Open, Chinese Open. It is going to give me a couple of months to prepare for a trophy that is missing from my cabinet.”
He concluded stating how blessed he felt to have the support of people. “People have been supporting me for 27 years now. When the economy is getting tough day by day, people still reach out to their pockets to buy a ticket for my match. That keeps me going. If a kid picks up the racket after watching my game, that’s where I score.”

‘Hope action against Lee will serve as deterrent to youngsters’

Eight-time world snooker champion Pankaj Advani tells Chander Shekhar Luthra that ban on Stephen Lee, for involvement in match-fixing, is a right step to clean up the sport

Courtesy-Chander Shekhar Luthra

Do you think that the Stephen Lee episode has opened Pandora’s Box and there could be other black sheep in the sport?
I am pretty sure there are characters and they try to take advantage of the system. I hope the stringent action taken against Lee will serve as a deterrent to all those youngsters who are taking up the game and could be tempted by big money proposals.
Have you ever been approached by anyone?
Not really, I have never been approached by anyone so far in my career. But these things happen in sport.
Do you believe that the
system to check this menace is in place?
Sure, the World Professional Snooker Association has a separate anti-corruption unit to deal with such issues. Because of the fact that betting is legal in United Kingdom and in Europe, they keep a strict vigil on every betting site and the matches. They try and investigate anything which they find fishy, if anything unusual happens during the course of any tournament. Nothing escapes their investigation.
Does having a legal betting system help?
Look, help only comes from educating the youngsters. All these procedures will help securing the future generations. The more tough you come down on one generation is always going to make youngsters think hard about their future. I think you can hardly manage to fix exact scores. But if somebody wants to do something, there is always a way.
Are you sceptical about mixing with other players or officials during the course of tournaments?
I am a pretty outgoing person. That doesn’t mean that I’m friendly with every other fellow, but I do mix up and try to discuss the game with my fellow colleagues even when am playing league in UK. I can understand that one has to be careful when you are playing a game like snooker where huge money is involved at the professional sport. There is zero tolerance about fixing in our game. It has happened on many occasions that when authorities found any betting pattern suspicious or huge betting on any particular match, all bets on that match were cancelled immediately. It’s sad that this has still been happening, but measures are being taken to curb this menace.
Do you feel the future is secure for the game?
It is sad that someone as accomplished as him (Lee) is associated with something like this. These are isolated incidents and I am sure that the action taken will in a way secure the future of the game.


India A’ falter in big chase again

West Indies ‘A’ emerge victors in 3rd one-dayer, clinch series 2-1

Courtesy-Vivek Phadnis @vivekphadnis

Bangalore: It was six years ago to the day that Yuvraj Singh had thrashed Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over in the inaugural T20 World Cup. The crowd of about 15,000 was thrilled with this message at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Chasing 313, India ‘A’ needed their captain to repeat the super feat. Instead, the hosts fell short by 45 runs handing the third match and the three-match series (1-2) to West Indies ‘A’.
The manner in which India ‘A’ went about chasing the target, at least initially, gave the crowd hope. However, it turned out to be a story similar to that of the second match.
After West Indies scored 312 for nine, thanks to 104 from Kirk Edwar ds, the Indians had their task cut out. During the chase, it looked like Yuvraj (61, 59b, 4×4, 3×6) and Baba Aparajith (78, 95b, 6×4, 1×6) would see the hosts comfortably home.
Both batsmen put on 112 runs for the third wicket with some lusty hitting. However, after Yuvraj and Aparajith got out, lack of good partnerships proved to be the undoing for India ‘A’.
Earlier, the cloudy weather and drizzle did not hamper the visitors’ charge, even as lights were switched on.
Edwards was dropped by Mandeep Singh off Aparajith in the 34th over on 35, but it was a tough chance. That was the boon Edwards got and he cashed in on it.
Edwards stayed strong at the wicket and went on to score his century even as wickets kept falling at the other end. The Barbadian was involved in good partnerships, the highest being 93 off 80 balls for the fourth wicket with Leon Johnson (54).
The highlight of the Indian bowling was the five wicket haul by Jayadev Unadkat, his first in List A matches.


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Sachin great but it is about RR vs MI: Dravid

Jaipur: The Champions League Twenty20 is all set to be Sachin Tendulkar’s swansong as a Mumbai Indians player but Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid feels it still doesn’t make their opening clash on September 21 any special.

“Yes, Sachin is a great player and we have played against each other and also as team mates but I feel that there is nothing important in this match. It would be a challenge for us but it should be seen as a match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians only,” Dravid said.

“I wish we come face to face in semifinals too in this tournament,” added Dravid at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium.

Asked if this CLT20 could also be his last, Dravid said he has not yet taken a call on that.

“Speaking about the emotions for this being my last T20 tournament, I have still not decided about the next year. I wish to concentrate on this tournament only,” he said.

“The performance and the spirit would be decisive and if we are able to play to our potential than we would be in contention. Every tournament is important whether it is first or last,” he added.

Dravid praised local hero southpaw Ashok Menaria and hoped he might get a bigger role. “He had a lean last season but has come back strongly with fine performances in Emerging trophy and also for India ‘A’. I hope to get him bowl a few overs and also more opportunities to bat,” said the captain. —PTI


Other ‘s making the News

Dedicated Mayor like New York needed-Milind Deora

During his visit to the dna office on Thursday, Milind Deora, MP from South Mumbai, reiterated his demand for an elected and empowered mayor to tackle the problems of Mumbai. The Union minister of state for IT, communication and shipping emphasised that this could be done even as Mumbai continued to remain the capital of Maharashtra. “Indeed, Mumbai should continue to remain in Maharashtra,” he said.
Deora explained in detail why a dedicated mayor for Mumbai was necessary. “At present, the mayor has little or no powers. All the MPs, MLAs and municipal councillors elected from Mumbai are capable, but are hostage to an inefficient governance model. There’s no one person in charge of the city,” he said. “Today, we have several agencies like the municipal commissioner’s office, the police commissionerate, the MMRDA, etc. Multiple agencies are posing a major hurdle to the efficient management of the metropolis. We need to be run by Mumbaikars who understand the intricacies of governing the metropolis.”
He said the directly elected mayor will be accountable to Mumbai’s voters. “The directly elected mayor may seek powers from the urban development, home, housing departments, etc for better coordination. Devolution of power like New York, is the answer to our problems,” he said.


Head Line News  real Quick……..

*India’s new Reserve Bank governor Raghuram Rajan marked his first policy meeting Friday with a bold decision to hike interest rates, wrong-footing analysts and leading to sharp falls on the stock market.

Rajan, who had warned he was prepared to be unpopular, ordered a rise in the benchmark interest rate from 7.25 to 7.50% at a mid-quarter policy review in  Mumbai.



Mumbai: Indian Mujahideen terror group operative Afzal Usmani on Friday escaped from the police custody. Usmani fled while he was being brought to a court here from Taloja Jail along with 22 others by the Mumbai police.

He was brought to the court for a hearing in his case. A massive search operation has been launched to nab the terror suspect.


The government on Friday said it will take decision on actions to be taken on an Army report about a secret intelligence unit set up by Gen VK Singh after its careful examination while asserting that it had measures in place to prevent any such “undesirable” activity.

In a statement, the defence ministry said it has not yet taken a decision on whether to go for a CBI inquiry into the issues raised by the Army in its report on the secret technical support division (TSD) established by the then Army chief.


LUCKNOW: BJP MLA from Thana Bhawan Suresh Rana accused of inciting communal violence in Muzaffarnagar was arrested here on Friday. He was arrested after the state assembly session was adjourned sine die. Rana was present in the assembly and was given a chance to present his defence on the floor of the house.

Later, while talking to reporters he dared the government to arrest him and punish if found guilty. Rana was arrested from Gomtinagar area soon after he left the state assembly in the evening.



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