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33% samples of mustard oil found misbranded and substandard in Haryana

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The Haryana government recently decided to transfer subsidies in the account of beneficiaries in areas of giving them mustard oil directly due to a hike in the rate of mustard. Amid this, it is learnt that a string of shopkeepers continue to put the lives of people at risk as more than 33 percent of the sample were found sub-standard and misbranded. Lab reports revealed that as many as 248 samples of mustard oil were taken and out of these 84 were not found to expectations which constitute nearly one-third of the total samples.

The samples were taken at source and production sites across the state. Following the result, what came to light is that 72 samples were found misbranded while 6 were banned by the concerned department and these were being sold. Banned Mustard oil was being sold in Jhajjar and Rewari districts, 3 each.

Rajiv Rattan, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, Haryana said that the department continues to take stern action against those selling low-standard food and other products. Besides, a penalty would be imposed on such elements. Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of the concerned district has been given the power to impose a penalty on those mocking at regulations. Any shopkeeper who sells low-quality mustard oil can be fined up to 5 lakh, while those selling misbranded oil would also be subjected to fine up to 5 lakh.

Rohtak and Jind districts emerge on the top in terms of misbranded samples of oil. Another issue which is of utmost importance is that the above department continues to go through the shortage of staff which emerges as a huge obstacle in the working. Although the department has demanded more staff but scenario continues to remain the same as more than 40 posts of Food Safety Officers are still vacant. Several times, the crunch in staff resulted in the delay of the lab reports which puts the lives of people at stake to some extent.

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12 BODIES RECOVERED IN BOAT MISHAP, SEARCH UNDERWAY

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A total of twelve bodies have been recovered so far in the August 11 boat capsize incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Banda district, police said. On Saturday, eight bodies were fished out. Rescue operations is being carried out by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Kishanpur Police who employed divers. “NDRF, SDRF and police teams are carrying out rescue operations along with local divers and twelve dead bodies have been found so far and three are still missing. The flow in the river is high which is creating problems in the operation,” Banda SP Abhinandan said.

The mishap took place on Thursday morning when a boat carrying between 30 to 40 people was on its way from Marka to Jarauli Ghat in the Fatehpur district. The passengers were on their way to visit relatives on the occasion of Rakshabandhan.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to provide financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased from the Disaster Relief Fund. The CM condoled the loss of life and directed the DM and DIG in charge of the district to conduct a search and rescue operation im

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WHY ARE YOU AGAINST WELFARE SCHEMES FOR POOR? KTR ASKS CENTRE

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Amid the ongoing debate on freebies culture, Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao on Saturday hit out at the Centre stating that the Narendra Modi-led BJP government has completely ignored the welfare of the people and now started the debate on freebies to make the lives of the common man “more miserable”.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been talking about freebie culture whenever he gets an opportunity. It is very surprising to hear his words. The BJP government at the Centre has completely ignored the welfare of the people during its eight-year rule and burdened the life of the common man. The Modi Government has now started the debate on freebies to make the lives of the common man more miserable,” said KTR.

Slamming the Modi government for imposing Goods and Services Tax (GST), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president said, “The Modi government is imposing GST on essential items like milk and curd. The ever-increasing inflation has broken the back of the poor.”

He further claimed during eight years of Modi’s rule, poverty in the country has increased so much that now we are infamous for having more poor people than that of Nigeria.

“India now ranks at 101st place among 116 countries in the Global Hunger Index – which is a matter of national shame. The statistics released by the Centre make it clear that 35.5 per cent of the children born in the country are malnourished,” he said.

KT Rama Rao said that the 14 Prime Ministers before Modi together were responsible for the country’s debt of Rs 56 lakh crores whereas Modi’s government alone borrowed more than Rs 80 lakh crores.

Recently, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) issued a severe warning that 37 per cent of the country’s annual income is being spent on paying interest for the money borrowed by the Central government, he claimed.

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TWO BANGLADESHI NATIONALS HELD WITH FAKE STAMPS OF VARIOUS MINISTRIES

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Delhi Police apprehended two Bangladeshi nationals from the Palam area of the city and recovered several passports and 10 fake stamps belonging to Bangladesh ministries from their possession, according to an official on Sunday. The arrested Bangladeshi nationals have been identified as Md Mostafa and Md Husain Sheikh, who was staying at Palam Extension, Near Ramphal Chowk. Further investigation into the matter is underway, said DCP Dwarka, M Harsha Vardhan.

Regular special checking drives are being conducted ahead of the Independence Day celebrations. The police said that during one such drive, the personnel checking in the area of Ramphal Chawk working on information went to the house of two Bangladeshi Nationals living near Ramphal Chowk.

“On search, they were found to be in possession of 11 passports of different Bangladeshi citizens and also 10 fake stamps of various ministries and notary of Bangladesh. About the fake rubber stamps, they had no substantive answer,” said the police.

Accordingly, a case under the appropriate sections of the law has been registered against the two at PS Dwarka South.

“They stated that they used to act as agents for Bangladeshi nationals who come for medical treatment. However, the recovery of a large number of fake stamps from them is being investigated,” said the police.

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Strict action should be taken: BJP to SC body over Dalit boy’s death in Rajasthan

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Demanding strict action against a teacher accused of killing a Dalit student of a private school in Rajasthan, National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Tarun Chugh, on Sunday, wrote a letter to National Commission for Scheduled Castes Chairman Vijay Sapanla.

Tarun Chugh wrote in the letter that a Dalit student of a private school in the Jalore police station area of Rajasthan was beaten up because he drank water from a teacher’s pot. The BJP leader asked for justice for the child and demanded a commission team to probe this case.

“I request to the SC commission that strict action should be taken against the accused teacher and strict punishment should be given so that such misdeeds should not happen again,” he said.

The incident took place on 20 July at a private school in Surana village of Rajasthan’s Jalore district, where the teacher allegedly beat up the minor for touching the pot of water in the school.

Condemning the incident, he further said, “I ask for a team of commission to get justice at the earliest to the family. The accused teacher should be punished under the sections of Scheduled Caste Act so that such incident would not take place again in society.”

Meanwhile, the state government announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for the kin of the deceased.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot condemned the incident and said in a tweet, “The accused teacher has been arrested and a case has been registered against him for murder and under sections of the SC/ST Act.”

“The matter has been taken under the case officer scheme for speedy investigation and punishment for the accused. It will be ensured that the victim’s family gets justice at the earliest. The family members of the deceased will be given a relief amount of Rs 5 lakh from the Chief Minister’s relief fund,” he added.

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DRDO CONDUCTS PROJECTION MAPPING AT ITS HEADQUATERS

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Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Sunday conducted a projection mapping at its headquarters in the national capital as part of the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign ahead of the celebration of Independence Day.

As part of Har Ghar Tiranga initiative in the 75th year of Independence, projection mapping was done at the DRDO headquarters.

The ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign commenced on Saturday and will run till 15 August. The campaign under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is to encourage people to bring the tiranga home and to hoist it to mark the 75th year of India’s independence.

This year, the country is observing great enthusiasm to celebrate the 75 years of India’s Independence with the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign launched by PM Modi, wherein he appealed to the country persons to bring home the national flag and hoist it.

Earlier, Indian citizens were not allowed to hoist the national flag except on selected occasions. This changed after a decade-long legal battle by industrialist Naveen Jindal culminated in the landmark SC judgement of 23 January 2004 that declared that the right to fly the national flag freely with respect and dignity is a fundamental right of an Indian citizen within the meaning of Article 19(1) (a) of the Constitution of India.

A 6,600 feet long tricolour yatra was taken out in Jhajjar as part of celebrations ahead of Independence Day.

Lauding the Centre and the Prime Minister for the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign, Naveen Jindal has appealed to every Indian to make ‘Har Din Tiranga’ their motto.

The programme envisages inspiring Indians everywhere to hoist the national flag at their homes. The aim of the programme is to make the relationship with the national flag a more personal one rather than just keeping it formal or institutional. The campaign is launched under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

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AS WATER LEVEL RISES, KEJRIWAL SAYS AVOID GOING NEAR YAMUNA

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As the Yamuna River flowed just below the danger mark on Sunday morning, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the people to avoid going towards the banks. The Yamuna was flowing at 204.91 meters, just below the danger mark of 205.33 meters. People are living on the roadside as overflowing water from the Yamuna inundated low-lying areas.

Low-lying areas near Mayur Vihar Phase I and Akshardham Temple were flooded due to the overflowing Yamuna river.

“The water came gushing in, and I immediately rushed to evacuate my family members and our goats. Some of my belongings got left behind in my house,” said a woman.

Expressing concerns over the development, Kejriwal asked the people to cooperate with the government and the administration. He also said that the government is ready to deal with any situation.

“The water level of the Yamuna has increased in Delhi. My appeal to all is to avoid going towards the banks of the river. We have made adequate arrangements for the people living near the Yamuna. Cooperate with the government and administration. We are monitoring the situation and are ready to deal with any situation,” the Chief Minister tweeted.

Breaching the danger mark of 205.33 meters, the river overflowed at around 4 pm on Friday.

It flowed over the danger mark for over a day.  

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