Food Inflation
Combined food inflation stood at 6.13% for January 2015, compared to 5% recorded for December 2014. For rural and urban areas, food inflation was 5.69% and 6.93%, respectively, in January. Inflation in vegetable prices was seen at 9% in January, compared to inflation of 0.58% in December. Inflation in fruit prices was 10.62% in January, while pulses were dearer by 9.37% year-on-year. Inflation for cereals stood at 2.76% and inflation for milk products was 9.38%. The price rise of non-vegetarian items, such as eggs, meat and fish, was 4.21% in January compared to 5.24% in December 2014. 

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Rajnath Singh asks for detailed report on BBC interview of convict in ‘Nirbhaya’ case

The Home Minister has sought detailed report from Tihar jail chief on BBC interview of 16th December 'Nirbhaya' gangrape convict Mukesh Singh

 

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday took strong exception to a British filmmaker interviewing 16th December gangrape convict Mukesh Singh in Tihar jail, and sought a detailed report from the jail chief on the whole issue.
 
The Home Minister spoke to Tihar jail Director General Alok Kumar Verma and sought a detailed report urgently, official sources said.
 
Media reports said British filmmaker Leslee Udwin and the BBC were given permission to interview bus driver Mukesh Singh, who was awarded death sentence for the brutal rape and murder.
 
In the interview, Mukesh said the women who went out at night had only themselves to blame if they attracted the attention of gangs of male molesters.
 
"A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy," he had said.
 
Mukesh also said that had the girl and her friend not tried to fight back, the gang would not have inflicted the savage beating, which led to her death later.
 
Describing the killing as an "accident", he had said, "When being raped, she shouldn't fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they'd have dropped her off after 'doing her', and only hit the boy.
 

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Maharashtra bans sale, possession of beef

Under the new law, anyone selling beef or in possession of it in Maharashtra can be jailed for up to five years and fined Rs10,000

 

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday signed a bill banning cow slaughter in Maharashtra that had been pending for almost two decades, state finance minister, Sudhir Mungantiwar has said.
 
Under the new law, anyone selling beef or in possession of it can be jailed for up to five years and fined Rs10,000.  Maharashtra is now the 25th Indian state to enact a law that bans the slaughter or sale of cows.
 
According to a report from Business Standard, among Hindus, a variety of lower castes still eat beef, alongwith most Muslims and Christians, for whom beef is a cheap source of protein, since it is cheaper than mutton or chicken.
 
The President's decision comes on the heels of a meeting with a delegation of seven state BJP MPs led by Kirit Somaiya, which submitted a memorandum seeking Mukherjee's assent for the bill.
 
The memorandum said that the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995, passed during the previous Shiv Sena-BJP regime, had been awaiting approval for 19 years.
 
According to newspaper report, the passage of the new Act will ban the slaughter of bulls as well as bullocks. However, it still permits the slaughter of water buffaloes, whose meat is generally seen as inferior in quality. 
 
"I am very happy that the President finally gave his assent. We have been trying hard from the last several years to get the bill passed into a law. It not only ensures that animals are not killed, but would also stabilise the agricultural situation. Prevention of the killing of animals will increase the productivity of farms...Even healthy animals were being killed for money, but it will stop now," Mungantiwar said.
 
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis too expressed happiness over President Pranab Mukherjee's decision to give assent to the bill.
 
"Thanks a lot honourable President Sir for the assent on Maharashtra Animal Preservation Bill. Our dream of ban on cow-slaughter becomes reality now," Fadnavis said on Twitter.
 

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