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India now world's leading beef exporter
Report dated 23/01/2014 @ 5:03 PM
According to the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, an export promotion wing of the ministry of commerce and industry, India is now the world's number one beef exporter.
Uttar Pradesh is the leading beef exporting state followed by Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
As a result Andhra Pradesh's domestic market in buffalo meat is reeling under an acute shortage given the rise in exports to West Asia and Africa, even as rates in domestic markets have risen due to the resultant supply shortage and failure on the part of the authorities to regulate the industry. Beef prices have shot up from Rs.80 a kilo to Rs.180 a kilo with butchers worst hit and forced to shut shop.
All pre-2005 currency notes to be withdrawn
Report dated 23/01/2014 @ 4:49 PM
The Reserve Bank of India has announced that after March 31, 2014, it will withdraw from circulation all bank notes issued prior to 2005, after which the public will be required to approach banks to exchange these notes. The notes to be withdrawn includes Rs.500 and Rs.1000 denominations.
The currency notes issued before 2005 are easily distinguishable as they do not have the year of printing on the reverse, which is printed in a small font at the middle of the bottom row in notes issued after 2005.
Also after July 1 2014, persons wanting to exchange more than 10 pieces of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes will have to furnish proof of identity and residence.
Although the RBI did not give a reason for the withdrawal of pre-2005 currency notes, it is seen as a move aimed at curbing black money and counterfeit currencies, and also to unearth black money held in cash.
AAP: 'We're a party of activists here to cleanse politics'' !
Report dated 22/01/2014 @ 2:34 PM
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's recent protest near India Gate, even as he was unwell and bore the discomfort and cold, has garnered a round of praise and admiration. The Party's youngest member Rakhi Birla, 26, explained "We've always said we are not a political party, we are a party of activists here to cleanse politics.”
Another Party member Manish Sisodia deflected attempts to engage his boss, saying 'Is our protest anarchy or is it systemic anarchy that the poor father of a murdered girl gets no justice even from the police chief?'
Even Delhi's food and civil supplies minister Saurabh Bhardwaj refused to accept that the protest caused problems for the AAP, saying the central government invited the protest by their stubbornness.
CM Kejriwal wins again, 2 tainted police officers sent on leave
Report dated 22/01/2014 @ 2:33 PM
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's unprecedented 30-hour protest has ended after two police officers of the five he demanded be suspended for dereliction of duty, were sent on leave.
Kejriwal whose protest morphed into a demand for control over the Delhi Police and threatened to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations ended after a compromise with the Centre and an assurance from lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung.
Although the compromise meets Kejriwal's demand only half-way, under the compromise the Head Officer who refused to raid an alleged drug and prostitution den on the orders of law minister Somnath Bharti, and PCR officer of Paharganj where a Danish woman was gangraped, were sent on leave, paving the way for an end to Kejriwal's confrontation with the Centre.
Kejriwal told his supporters his party would continue to rake up issues of women's safety whenever they are threatened.
Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor died of a drug overdose
Report dated 21/01/2014 @ 1:41 PM
According to the findings of doctors of AIIMS who conducted an autopsy on Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of Union minister Shashi Tharoor, a drug overdose was the cause of her death.
The autopsy report was submitted to the sub divisional magistrate who is holding the inquest proceedings under the provisions of the Criminal Procedural Code. He refused to disclose the details of the autopsy report and said he would examine it along with the statements of various people including Tharoor and Sunanda's brother, as well as other evidence, only after which he will conclude the cause of death and submit a report to the police.
Police sources said two strips of the anti-depressant drug alprozalem, commonly known as alprax, were found in the hotel suite where Sunanda was found dead. At least 27 tablets may have been consumed by her, probably in a short time, judging by the emptied strips.