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Onion prices soar, MMTC to import 10,000 tonnes
In a bid to control onion prices, the central government on Wednesday decided that the MMTC will import 10,000 tonnes of onion.
"In order to contain rise in prices of onion and ensure its increased availability, the government has decided that (state-run trading company) MMTC will float a global tender for import of 10,000 tonnes of onion shortly," the agriculture ministry said.
Onion prices are on the rise due to mismatch in supply and demand. 
In the national capital, the retail prices of onion have risen to Rs.60 per kg. A similar trend prevails in other parts of the country.
The prices are rising due to the fall in production and sluggish supply of stored onions, meant for meeting the demand during the lean period of July-September, the ministry said in a statement.
Total onion production is estimated to be less than 189 lakh tonnes in 2014-15 crop year (July-June), down from 194 lakh tonnes last year.
Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh are the top three onion producing states.


Ansal brothers fined Rs30 crore each, no more prison

Sushil Ansal has undergone a sentence of five months and 20 days and Gopal Ansal four months and 20 days


In a breather to Ansal brothers Sushil and Gopal, accused in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday fined them Rs.30 crore each. They won't have to return to jail.
The court said the Ansals, the real estate giants, would deposit the fine in three months and this amount would be utilised by the Delhi government.
The fine would be accompanied by the jail sentence the brothers have already undergone for the Uphaar fire tragedy of June 13, 1997 that left 59 people dead.
The apex court bench of Justice Anil R. Dave, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel passed Wednesday's order.
It reduced the fine of Rs.50 crore imposed on each of the brothers by Justice Gyan Sudha Misra (since retired) in a split verdict who differed with the verdict of Justice T.S. Thakur. 
Sushil Ansal has undergone a sentence of five months and 20 days and Gopal Ansal four months and 20 days. 
Though the trial court had awarded them two years sentence each, the Delhi High court reduced it to one year each.
The Ansal brothers owned the Uphaar cinema in south Delhi where 59 people died due to asphyxiation after a fire broke out in the transformer room, emitting toxic gases. 
The deaths occurred as people could not escape as the exit doors were closed. There was only one operational exit door. 
The apex court bench of Justice Thakur and Justice Misra by their March 5, 2014 verdict, while upholding the conviction of Ansal brothers, differed on the quantum of sentence. 
The matter was then referred to a three-judge bench to decide on the quantum of sentence.
Justice Thakur, upholding the Delhi High Court verdict, said the Ansal brothers would undergo a sentence of one year each as awarded by the high court.
Justice Misra, while holding that Ansal brothers deserve "no leniency", said they should undergo the maximum sentence of two years as provided under Section 304A of the IPC.
Justice Misra substituted the second year sentence with a fine of Rs.100 crore to be divided equally between the two brothers which, she said, would be used for setting up trauma centre in Dwarka.



Vaibhav Dhoka

2 years ago

Supreme court has set up new trend by this verdict that you can settle your criminal case by monetary payment.By this no affluent person will ever get convicted and land in jail.And ordinary and less affluent will never be out.All courts should take clue from Supreme court and settle matter and it will reduce delay in dispensation of justice.Or Judicial system be divided as per monetary payment capacity of litigant.As mightiness can get early justice and ordinary person will further crippled at hand of Judiciary.

CBI registers disproportionate assets case against Raja, 16 others; conducts raids

According to the CBI, Raja was biased in allocating 2G mobile airwaves and operating licences to telecom firms, causing a huge loss to the state exchequer


The CBI on Wednesday registered a disproportionate assets case against former telecom minister A. Raja and 16 others and conducted raids at 20 places in Delhi and Tamil Nadu.
"It is alleged that he (Raja) and other accused persons have amassed assets disproportionate to their known sources of income. Searches are being carried out at 20 places in Delhi, Chennai, Perambalur, Tiruchirappalli and Coimbatore," a CBI official said in New Delhi.
"The cases have been registered against Raja, his brother and his wife and the wife of Sadiq Batcha, (a former Raja aide and accused in the 2G spectrum allocation case and who was found dead in his house under mysterious circumstances in March 2011), among others, a CBI official said in Chenna
On April 15, the CBI commenced the final argument in the case alleging that Raja misled then prime minister Manmohan Singh on policy matters related to 2G spectrum allocation.
According to the CBI, Raja was biased in allocating 2G mobile airwaves and operating licences to telecom firms, causing a huge loss to the state exchequer.
The court framed charges on October 22, 2011, against 14 accused and three companies under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
All the accused, including Raja, are out on bail.


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