Times of India | 5 days ago | 05-08-2022 | 08:39 am
Lucknow: A day after the Centre hiked the fair and remunerative price (FRP) for sugarcane by Rs 15 to Rs 305 per quintal, arclights shifted to UP vis-a-vis possibility of increase in state advisory price (SAP) for the cash crop ahead of the upcoming cane crushing season. Officials in the cane development department, however, maintained that there was least possibility of a hike in SAP this year after it was increased by Rs 25 to Rs 340 per quintal (for normal variety) in September last year, ahead of the 2022 UP assembly elections.Besides, sources said, a hike in SAP may lead to burden on the mills while crippling their paying capacity and leading to rise in cane arrears – in what may potentially arm the opposition to train its guns at the BJP ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. This is especially true in the case of politically crucial west UP region which accounts for a sizeable number of sugar mills in the state.“Increasing or decreasing the SAP is largely a political decision. Any further increase would, however, be detrimental to the sugar industry in the state,” a senior official said. The existing SAP for the best variety of cane in the state was Rs 350, which was almost Rs 45 more than the FRP.The SAP paid to farmers did not cover the cost of maintenance and refurbishment of the 120 sugar mills in UP. “It was through diversion to ethanol and constitution of escrow account that the state government was able to ensure timely payment to farmers,” an official said. Having ensured payment of well over Rs 1.5 lakh crore until last year, the state government has managed to pay over Rs 29,000 crore of cane dues as against the target of around Rs 35,000 crore for the 2021-22 crushing season. This was almost 85% of the target – in what is being touted as the fastest cane price payment made in the last two decades.UP happens to be the biggest producer of sugar after Maharashtra which compensates the cane growers as per the FRP. This year, the Centre has announced that a premium of Rs 3.05/quintal will be provided for each 0.1% increase in recovery over and above 10.25%. However, for every 0.1% decrease in recovery, the FRP will be reduced by Rs 3.05 per quintal.The Centre has decided that there shall not be deduction in case of sugar mills where recovery is below 9.5%. Such farmers will get Rs 282.125 per quintal for sugarcane in the ensuing sugar season 2022-23 in place of Rs 275.50 per quintal in current sugar season 2021-22.
The video has accumulated over 31,000 likes and 488,000 views.A video of a man rescuing a dog from railway tracks as a train approached a station in Mumbai has gone viral on the internet. The short clip was shared on Instagram by an account called 'Mumbai Meri Jaan' and credited to Nikhil Lokhande. It has accumulated over 31,000 likes and 488,000 views. In the video, a dog can be seen walking on the railway tracks while a train approached the station. The short clip then showed a man walking towards the arriving train which is moving at a very slow speed and signalling it to stop. Many onlookers can also be seen watching as the man took the dog off the tracks and put it on the platform. Watch the video below: View this post on InstagramA post shared by Mumbai Meri Jaan (@mumbai7merijaan)According to social media users, the incident took place at Nallasapora, which falls within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Viral Video | Bride And Groom Break Into Intense Fight On Big Day, Internet Asks "What On Earth Is Happening?"Internet users praised the man for saving the dog. One user wrote, "My heart is melting seeing this! God Bless The loco pilot and the man who saved the dog!" Another added, "God bless the man. Small acts like these really matter." A third wrote, "Respect to the guy who saved the dog and to the motor men as well.. very brave guy who saved the Dog," while a fourth simply called the video "heart-touching". Meanwhile, in another instance, the alertness of a Railway Protection Force (RPF) officer saved the life of an elderly woman and her son at the Bankura railway station in West Bengal. The video of the incident was shared by the Railways Ministry on Twitter. PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comViral Video | Anand Mahindra's Tweet On "Out Of The Box" Thinking Goes ViralThe clip had garnered hundreds of likes and retweets. Users made suggestions to the Indian Railways to install automatic doors to avoid such incidents, while others appreciated the bravery of the RPF officer.Click for more trending news
MUMBAI: Maha Mumbai Metro Operations Corporation Limited has warned of penal action - jail term or fine or both - against anyone found obstructing working of Metro. The warning was issued after Dahisar Metro station CCTV footage revealed that a man attempted to open platform screen door which halted train operations for three minutes on August 8.
MUMBAI: The Kurla GRP has arrested a 28-year-old man for flashing a woman commuter while she was travelling in a Central Railway local train with her family recently. The 31-year-old complainant, who is an HR consultant, had gone to Dadar with her brother, husband and their daughter on August 7 for an event. Heading back home, the family boarded the 6.32pm Kalyan local from platform No. 1 at Dadar. While the general compartment was crowded, the woman's husband and daughter found a seat while she and her brother stood close to them. When the train was at Kanjurmarg, a co-traveller pointed out to the woman that a man standing behind her was flashing. She slapped the accused, A Ansari, who was also thrashed by her husband, brother and other passengers. Ansari, who is a Byculla resident and does odd jobs for a living, was taken off the train at Thane. He has been booked under IPC for molestation.
The footfall of commuters in Central Railway’s AC suburban locals has increased manifold in the last six months, as per an official statement.According to a release issued Tuesday, the daily average of commuters in AC locals was 5,939 in February which rose to 34,808 in July.The maximum tickets sold across stations in the past six months were 94,932 at Dombivli, 84,309 at Thane, 77,412 at Kalyan, 70,444 at CSMT and 53,512 at Ghatkopar.Recently, the Central Railway slashed the single journey ticket fare by 50 per cent.Till June, the Central Railway has a total of five AC rakes and a total of 56 AC train services.
The services of the Hubballi-Banaras weekly train will be resumed from August 12, Minister of Railways Ashiwini Vaishnaw said.In a tweet, the minister said the train was cancelled due to maintenance work at the Daund-Kurduwadi section in Maharashtra. However, he said, the service will be resumed as requested by Pralhad Joshi, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Coal and Mines Minister and MP from the Dharwad constituency of Karnataka.Hubballi – Banaras (17323/24) weekly train was cancelled because of track & signal maintenance work at Daund – Kurduwadi section.As requested by @JoshiPralhad Ji, from 12th Aug onwards, trips from Hubballi will resume. pic.twitter.com/oB9WF3RNtF— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) August 6, 2022As per the schedule, the train (17323) departs from Hubballi junction every Friday at 6:15 pm and arrives at Banaras at 8:40 am on Sunday. In the return direction, the train (17324) leaves Banaras station on every Sunday at 8:40 pm and reaches Hubballi at 10:40 am on Tuesday.En-route the train halts at Gadag, Badami, Bagalkot, Almatti, Vijayapura, Solapur, Daund, Ahmednagar, Kopargaon, Manmad, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Pipariya, Narsinghpur, Jabalpur, Katni, Maihar, Satna, Manikpur, Prayagraj and Mirzapur.