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India imposes ban on wheat exports with immediate effect to control rising prices in country

The central government has banned the export of all wheat from the country. The decision comes a day after annual consumer price inflation hit an eight-year high of 7.79 percent in April.

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The central government has banned the export of all wheat from the country. The decision comes a day after annual consumer price inflation hit an eight-year high of 7.79 percent in April. In addition, retail food inflation has risen to 8.38 percent.

In a new order, the export of all wheat, including high protein durum and normal soft bread varieties, has been shifted from ‘free’ to ‘prohibited’ category with effect from May 13. The commerce department notification said that from now, only two types of shipments will be allowed.

The first is on the basis of permission granted by the Government of India to other countries to meet their food security needs, and on the basis of requests from their governments.

Second are the exports under transitional arrangements where an irrevocable credit note has been issued on or before the date of this notification, subject to production of such documentary evidence as prescribed.

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Drop in Purchases

It is said that the government procurement of wheat is decreasing. There is a possibility that procurement of wheat by government agencies will come down to a 15-year low this time from the highest so far last year in the current marketing season. This time around 18.5 million tonnes (MT) will likely be procured.

This figure will be the lowest since the procurement of 11.1 million tonnes in 2007-08. Farmers mostly sell from April to mid-May, although government wheat procurement technically extends until June and the marketing season until the following March.

Moreover, this will be the first time that wheat procured from the new crop (18.5 million tonnes) is less than the public stock at the start of the marketing season (19 million). Fresh purchases have always been higher than the opening balance stock.

This was also the case during the last two low procurement years of 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. This year will be an exception and in stark contrast to 2021-22, which saw unprecedented levels of both opening stock (27.3 million tonnes) and procurement (43.3 million tonnes).

There are two main reasons why procurement has dropped to a 15-year low this time around. These are export demand and low production.

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Bihar cabinet expansion: Nitish Kumar retains home, Tejashwi Yadav gets health, check full list of 33 ministers and their departments here

All the ministers were sworn into the Bihar cabinet on Tuesday.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who recently shocked everyone by breaking his alliance with BJP, has expanded his cabinet on August 16. Kumar has inducted 30 ministers from the Grand Alliance.

All the ministers were sworn into the Bihar cabinet on Tuesday. Reports said Nitish Kumar has retained the home department and the Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav has been inducted in health, urban housing and development, road construction, and other rural works. Tejashwi’s elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav has been given the responsibility for the environment, forestry, and climate change.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will conduct a meeting with all the ministers at 4:30 pm today.

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Here’s the full list of 33 ministers and their departments:

  • Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister: Home, cabinet secretariat, supervision, election, general administration
  • Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Deputy Chief Minister: Health, road construction, rural development, urban development and housing
  • Vijay Kumar Chaudhary: Finance, trade tax, parliamentary work
  • Bijendra Prasad Yadav: Energy, plan and development
  • Aalok Kumar Mehta: Revenue and land reforms
  • Tej Pratap Yadav: Environment, forestry and climate change
  • Md Aafaq Aalam: Animal and fish resources
  • Ashok Chaudhary: Constructions and buildings
  • Shravan Kumar: Rural development
  • Surendra Prasad Yadav: Cooperative
  • Ramanand Yadav: Mines and Geology
  • Leshi Singh: Fertilisers and consumer department
  • Madan Sahani: Social welfare
  • Kumar Sarvjeet: Tourism
  • Lalit Kumar Yadav: Public health
  • Sanjay Kumar Jha: Water conservation, Information and public relation
  • Sheela Kumari: Transportation
  • Sameer Kumar Mahaseth: Industry
  • Chandra Shekhar: Education
  • Sumit Kumar Singh: Science and technology
  • Sunil Kumar: Prohibition excise and registration department
  • Anit Devi: SC and ST Welfare Department
  • Jitendra Kumar Rai: Art, Culture, and Youth Department
  • Jayant Raj: Minor Water Resources Department
  • Sudhakar Singh: Agriculture
  • Md Jama Khan: Minority Welfare Department
  • Murari Prasad Gautam: Panchayati Raj Department
  • Kartik Kumar: Planning and Development Department
  • Shamim Ahmad: Sugarcane Industries Department
  • Shahnawaz: Disaster Management Department
  • Surendra Ram: Labour Resources Department
  • Md Israel Mansoori: Department of Information Technology

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Pahalgam: ITBP bus carrying 39 personnel falls down in river due to brake failure, 7 dead

Around 6 more Indo-Tibetan Border Police are in critical condition. A Border Security Force (BSF) helicopter was sent for the rescue efforts.

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Pahalgam: ITBP bus carrying 39 personnel falls down in river

A major accident took place in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pahalgam on Tuesday when a bus carrying 37 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans along with 2 J&K policemen fell into the riverbed after a reported brake failure.

Seven ITBP jawans have lost their lives in this incident while others have received serious injuries. Eight of these shoulders with serious injuries have been airlifted for medical treatment to Srinagar while others are being treated at a hospital in Anantnag.

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The security forces were returning from Amarnath Yatra duty when the unfortunate accident took place. The ITBP bus fell into the river bed of a river which flows between Pahalgam and Chandanwari. The bus was on its way from Chandanwari to the police control room in Srinagar.

Two jawans reportedly died on spot while other five later succumbed to their injuries. However, the death toll could rise further, if immediate action would not have been taken. Around 6 more Indo-Tibetan Border Police are in critical condition. A Border Security Force (BSF) helicopter was sent for the rescue efforts.

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Mukesh Ambani and family receive threat calls, Mumbai Police detains one

A man has been detained in the Dahisar area in the western suburbs of Mumbai. He has been arrested on the grounds of his alleged connection to the threat calls.

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Industrialist Mukesh Ambani and his family have received three threat calls today on August 15. Reportedly, the calls were made on the number of Reliance Foundation’s Harskisandas Hospital on Monday around 10:30 am.

The complaint was filed at the DB Marg police stations and their team is trying to get more information about the same. However, in the official statement given by the Mumbai Police, “the complaint filed by the Reliance Foundation states that three threat calls were made to Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and his family and the probe is underway.”

And soon after the complaint was filed, a latest update suggests that a man has been detained in the Dahisar area in the western suburbs of Mumbai. The man has been arrested on the grounds of his alleged connection to the threat calls.

However, this is not for the first time that, Mukesh Ambani and his family have received threat calls. Even last year, a Scorpio car with 20 explosive gelatin sticks along with a threat letter was found outside Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani ‘Antilia’.

Soon after the police were informed, a team of cops including Mumbai’s crime intelligence unit headed by Sachin Vaze, who also took over as the lead investigator of the case, had reached Antilia for investigation.

As per reports, later the case was handed over to NIA after a mysterious death case took over the headlines. The victim was none other than the Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiren.

For the unversed, Hiren was the owner of the Scorpio car that was found outside Mukesh Ambani’s residence. Earlier, the late businessman had claimed that the car was stolen a week ago.

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