2,500 tonnes of onion imported, another 3,000 on the way
With the price of onions hitting the century mark, the government is expediting supply from imports with over 5,500 tonnes of onion are to hit the retail markets shortly.
 
Of this, 2,500 tonnes have already reached the Indian ports in 80 containers of which 70 are from Egypt and 10 from Netherlands. Another 3,000 tonnes are to come from 100 containers in the high seas which are being diverted to Indian ports, Agriculture Ministry sources said.
 
Onions are in short supply as erratic rains have hit production by 30-40 percent this year and their price has crossed Rs 100 a kg.
 
The Consumer Affairs Ministry had announced that the government will act as a facilitator for onion imports to ease the process and ensure a quick and healthy supply from other countries.
 
To achieve this, the phytosanitary and fumigation requirements have been liberalised by the Agriculture Ministry.
 
The Indian missions in Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey and Iran have been asked to facilitate supply of onions to India. 
 
Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said that the government is taking steps to lower prices by creating a buffer stock of 56,700 tonnes of onion out of which 1,525 tonnes are available with NAFED at present, banning the export of onions so as to retain stock for domestic consumption and putting stock holding limit of 10 tonnes for retailers and 50 tonnes for wholesalers to ensure a constant and healthy supply in the market.
 
In the light of public concern over high prices of onions in the market, the Ministry of Agriculture has decided to allow relaxation from the condition of fumigation and endorsement on PSC as per the Plant Quarantine Order, 2003 for onion imports up to November 30.
 
The Agriculture Ministry said that conditions to be met are that such consignments of imported onions which arrive in Indian port without fumigation and endorsement to that effect on the PSC, would be fumigated in India by the importer through an accredited treatment provider.
 
The consignment would be inspected thoroughly by quarantine officials and released only if found free from pests and diseases of concern to India.
 
The consignments of onions for consumption will not be subjected to the four times additional inspection fees on account of non compliance of conditions of import under the PQ Order, 2003.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.
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    Importing oil from middle East is one thing but to import onions from middle East is shameful in a country where 60% of workers are said to be Farmers.

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    With the improvement in technology, many consumers prefer to use online booking sites and apps instead of the traditional travel agents. LocalCircles conducted a survey to check the consumer pulse on online travel apps and websites which received more than 27,000 votes from 12,000+ unique consumers spread across 200 districts of India. 
     
    LocalCircles survey has revealed that undisclosed high convenience fee and lack of trust at the time of cancellation of bookings as the key challenges for consumers. Local Circles wrote that just like returns and timely refunds are critical to e-commerce, timely booking cancellations and refunds or standard convenience charges would help in ensuring consumer interests. The survey also revealed that about only a third of the participants said that hotel reviews on travel apps reflect the reality. 
     
    85% consumers said they use online travel sites to book their travel while only 11% said they do not use it.
     
     
    78% consumers said that online travel sites/apps have made travel booking easier for them while 11% said that was not the case. Another 11% said that they do not use these sites/apps at all.
     
     
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    The reason why, the suits say, is a version of the active ingredient that all of the antiperspirants share: aluminum (which, by the way, is the same ingredient that temporarily clogs pores and keeps sweat from escaping, according to some experts).
     
    It has long been recognized, and is well-accepted, that “yellow stains” and “white marks” on clothing is caused, at least indirectly, by aluminum in antiperspirants (as to yellow stains, they are caused generally upon aluminum being mixed with a user’s perspiration).
     
    So states one of several lawsuits against Unilever, whose Degree, Dove and Axe antiperspirant brands are currently entangled in class-action litigation. Colgate-Palmolive’s Speed Stick rounds out the list.
     
    The complaint against Colgate-Palmolive asserts that Speed Stick Stain Guard is “nothing more than a slightly diluted version of regular Speed Stick-branded antiperspirant containing essentially the same ingredients with nothing added to fight white marks or yellow staining.”
     
    Meanwhile, the lawsuit targeting “anti-mark” claims for Dove Invisible Dry Spray, which include the on-the-bottle claim that it prevents “white marks on 100 colors,” alleges that the product “actually causes the very problem that it claims to solve.”
     
    All of the lawsuits were filed in Missouri state court in July and transferred to federal court this month.
     
    TINA.org reached out to Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive for comment. Check back for updates.
     
    Find more of our coverage on antiperspirants here.
     
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