The Union Budget had accounted for the tablets, earmarking Rs 34.20 crore towards the Livestock Census, with an additional Rs 64.20 crore being provided for the coming fiscal. The tablets were estimated to cost around Rs 30 crore at Rs 5,000-plus per piece
The state has reported a whopping 37,456 pending second appeals by the end of January- one of the highest-ever recorded since the promulgation of the RTI Act, in 2005. Three benches — Nashik (9,792) Pune (8,126) and Amravati (7,166) — by themselves corner more than 20,000 appeals.
Passengers alighting at the Pune railway station, especially those going to peripheral areas or alighting at odd hours, often find themselves at the mercy of autorickshaw drivers, who refuse to go by the meter and overcharge.
In Maharashtra, Alphonso, better known as Hapus, starts arriving in markets of Pune and Mumbai by the end of February. Both growers and traders have confirmed that, from this year, the fruit will be available only between April and May
UP mills have in the current 2017-18 sugar season (October-September), as on Wednesday, bought cane worth Rs 15,481.73 crore at the state advised price (SAP) of Rs 315 per quintal for normal and Rs 325 per quintal for early-maturing varieties.
While work is in progress for the registration of FITE chapters in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana, the Pune chapter is the first one to be officially recognised as a trade union, said Elavarasan Raja, general secretary, FITE, Maharashtra.
Yogesh Thorat, managing director, MahaFPC, said farmers found it difficult to crack such markets as they were not aware of the market dynamics. “The value chain has been created to help the farmers in such markets,” he added
In a statement issued later, the Pratishthan alleged that newly-elected Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and JNU student leader Umar Khalid were among those who had incited violence on January 1, when Dalits were celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon.
The matter was raised in the State Legislative Council by Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt, who wanted the minister to throw light upon the online sales of medicines going on in the state. Such sales, the MLC said, was being carried out without any prescriptions.
In December 2016, after the Supreme Court had banned the sale of alcohol within 500 metres of state and national highways, more than 1,600 of the 2,500 licensed establishments in the district were forced to shut shop.
The inspection reports note that there were complaints about foul odour in most of the 16 functional plants, and the total amount of biogas, produced as a by-product, was not maintained by any of them.
Prakash Naiknavare, managing director of NFCSF, said the online platform will allow for greater access as well as better price realisation. “Chances of cartelisation will be minimum on such a platform,” he said.
In many areas in Nashik, growers have uprooted their vines after the roots were waterlogged. Last year, prices of grapes had crashed both in international and domestic markets, causing distress among the farmers.
The 2016-17 season was unique as paucity of cane had set off a price war among millers to attract cane. Also, last year was the first time when Maharashtra implemented the revenue sharing formula as per the recommendations of the C Rangarajan committee.