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Sugar output may drop by over 7 per cent in 2016-17 : ISMA

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016 11:12

India’s sugar production could decline by over 7 per cent to 23.26 million tonnes next marketing year starting October on a likely drop in sugarcane output due to poor rains in Maharasthra and Karnataka.

The sugar output is estimated to fall for the second straight year in 2016-17 marketing year (October-September) because of drought in major growing states.

Sugar production in India, the world’s second largest sugar producer after Brazil, is estimated to have fallen to 25.1 million tonnes in the current 2015-16 marketing year ending September from 28.3 million tonnes in the previous year.

Releasing the preliminary estimate, Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said sugar output was pegged at 23.26 million tonnes in 2016-17. “This is about 1.8-1.9 million tonnes less than the current 2015-16 production of around 25.1 million tonnes.”


This is in line with the government’s estimate of 23-23.5 million tonnes for the next year. ISMA attributed the likely fall in sugar output to 5.5 per cent decline in sugarcane acreage to 4.99 million hectare in 2016-17 as against 5.28 million hectare in the previous year.

This would result in lower cane output.

According to ISMA data, sugar production in Maharasthra — the biggest producing State — is estimated to decline to around 6.15 million tonnes in 2016-17 from 8.40 million tonnes in the current year.

“Maharashtra’s cane area has declined in 2016-17, which is mainly due to drought-like situation last year, poor rainfall and lesser water availability for irrigation,” ISMA said in a statement.

The cane area in the state is down at 7,80,000 hectare as against of 1.05 million hectare in 2015-16, it added.

Sugar production in Uttar Pradesh — the second largest sugar producing state — is estimated to rise to 7.54 million tonnes in 2016-17 marketing year from 6.82 million tonnes in the current year.


Modi ties unity to development

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Monday, 26 October 2015 11:25

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a pitch for unity and diversity on Sunday, saying the mantra of unity should pervade “our thought, conduct and articulation.”

Saluting Sardar Patel for geographically uniting India, Mr. Modi called for social unity in his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation. “India is a nation of diversities. There are many sects, communities, languages and castes. India is a diverse country and this diversity is our adornment,” he said. “Peace, harmony and unity are necessary for development.”

Mr. Modi’s statement follows statements made by him and President Pranab Mukherjee in the wake of an outcry over the killing of a Muslim at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh on the suspicion of storing beef and the “insensitive” statements made by some BJP leaders after the incident.

Read: Live update of PM's address on 'Mann ki Baat'


Dalit youth killed for keeping Ambedkar song as ringtone

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Friday, 22 May 2015 12:33

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A Dalit youth was brutally assaulted and killed in the temple town of Shirdi in Maharashtra allegedly over his mobile ringtone of a song on Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar. Four assailants have been arrested while four others are absconding.

Sagar Shejwal, a nursing student , had come home to Shirdi to attend a wedding. On May 16 around 1.30 p.m., he went to a local beer shop with two of his cousins.

According to Vivek Patil, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sagar was assaulted by eight youths over his ringtone. Mr Patil said: “Eight youths were sitting at a table at the shop. When Sagar’s mobile rang with the Ambedkar song as its ringtone, the youths told him to switch it off. In a police statement, the cousin has described the song as Tumhi kara re kitihi halla / Mazbut Bhimacha quilla [Shout all you want / Bhim’s fortress is strong]. An altercation ensued and the assailants hit Sagar with a beer bottle and started kicking and punching him. Then they dragged him out, put him on a motorbike and took him away to a nearby forest. They crushed him under the bike. Sagar’s body was found around 6.30 p.m. in a naked state near Rui village. The cause of death was multiple fractures. The autopsy says Sagar sustained around 25 injuries. He died between 2 and 4 p.m.”

The perpetrators, a group of local youths from the dominant Maratha and OBC communities, ran their bike repeatedly over Sagar’s body mutilating it .

“I can understand that they hit him. Quarrels can happen anytime, but look at the brutality of the act. Why would they do this on such a trivial matter?” Sagar’s father Subhash Shejwal asked, unable to comprehend the horror of the assault.

CCTV footage

The initial assault was captured on the CCTV cameras at the beer shop. The 21-minute footage, in which the faces of the assailants are clearly seen, provides strong electronic evidence to the police.

The shop itself is within a stone’s throw from the Shirdi police station, raising serious questions about police inaction. “I called the police at 1.45 p.m. when the youths were beating up Sagar, but for a long time they did not come,” said Sandeep Ghorpade, manager of the beer shop. Sagar’s cousins, who managed to escape, also alerted the police, but in vain.

The family alleged that the officers on duty demanded an air-conditioned vehicle to look for Sagar. The police said a departmental inquiry would be initiated against Inspector Pramod Wagh and constable Sharad Kadam.

“Only our relatives were looking for Sagar. No police vehicle was in sight. The body was also discovered by family members,” said complainant and Sagar’s cousin Satish Gaikwad.

The police arrested Vishal Kote, Somnath and Rupesh Wadekar, who are historysheeters and Sunil Jadhav.

They have been booked under the Sections 302 (murder), 395 (punishment for dacoity), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 109 (punishment of abetment) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 3 (2) (v) and 3 (1) (x) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.


Sensex rises 228 points on global cues, Budget hopes

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 05:19


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The benchmark BSE Sensex rose over 228 points in early trade on Wednesday amid a firming global trend and hopes of a growth-oriented Budget.

Further, covering-up of short positions by speculators ahead of Thursday’s monthly expiry in the derivatives segment, supported the upside.

Rising for the second straight session, the 30-share barometer spurted by 228.67 points, or 0.79 per cent, to 29,233.33.

The index had gained 29.55 points in Tuesday’s session.

All sectoral indices, led by oil & gas, metal, realty and banking were trading in positive zone with gains up to 1.03 per cent.

Similarly, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty was trading above the 8,800-mark by gaining 60.10 points, or 0.69 per cent, to 8,822.20.

Brokers said pre-Budget buying by optimistic participants on hopes of growth-oriented measures and foreign capital inflows mainly buoyed the trading sentiments.

Besides, a firming trend at other Asian markets following strong cues from Wall Street as U.S. Federal Reserve hinted that a rate hike is unlikely before June and relief over Greek debt deal, triggered buying by investors and foreign funds, they added.

The U.S. Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.51 per cent higher on Tuesday.


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