3 Dec
2019

Urea shortage hits sowing of rabi crop in Rajasthan

first_imgThe shortage of urea fertilizer in Kota and Baran districts of Rajasthan’s Hadoti region has created difficulties for the farmers sowing wheat, mustard, gram and other crops during the ongoing rabi season. Farmers have made long queues outside the distribution centres, while clashes between the agitating farmers and police were reported from Baran’s Chhipabarod and Relawan villages earlier this week.The fertilizer is not available in sufficient quantity even at the State government-run cooperative stores. Against the requirement of 3 lakh metric tonnes of urea in the region, only 1.39 lakh metric tonnes have been supplies so far, as the Agriculture Department’s officials have distributed slips to farmers for getting the urea bags at several police stations to maintain order.The district authorities have held the farmers’ habit of stockpiling of fertilisers responsible for the crunch. Baran Collector S.P. Singh said on Thursday that about 44,000 metric tonnes of urea had been distributed so far against the total allocation of 57,000 metric tonnes.‘Centre discriminating’Newly elected Congress MLA from Kota’s Sangod, Bharat Singh, said the Centre has started discriminating against Rajasthan by reducing the urea allocation because of the Congress being elected in the State Assembly polls. “The BJP wants to create a crisis situation, for which the farmers will blame the Congress government here. This tactic will backfire on them in next year’s Lok Sabha elections,” he said.Ironically, Kota is a major production centre for urea, as two hi-tech nitrogenous fertilizer plants of Chambal Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited (CFCL) are situated in the district. A large number of farmers have staged a dharna outside the CFCL plants with the demand that an adequate share in their daily production of 6,000 metric tonnes of urea be reserved for the local supply.Hadoti Kisan Union general secretary Dashrath Kumar told The Hindu that the demand for urea had increased in the current rabi season because of a higher sowing of wheat. ‘Withdraw condition’He said the CFCL should withdraw its necessary condition imposed on dealers for purchasing co-products along with the fertilizer and the urea should be distributed only at the cooperative stores.“Only an urgent provision of additional allocation for the Hadoti region by the Centre can improve the situation here. Farmers need an average of 20 to 30 urea bags each for their land holdings, but they are being given only 5 to 6 bags,” he said.last_img read more

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1 Dec
2019

Congress, NCP now focus on seat swap

first_imgThe Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) may have fixed a seat-sharing arrangement for the Assembly elections, but the parties are now facing the challenge of deciding which constituencies they will each contest.The two allies have agreed to contest 125 seats each, but will have to exchange seats they had previously contested based on the current political scenario. The alliance now rests on a smooth transfer of seats, talks for which are in progress. On Wednesday, the senior leadership of the State Congress held day-long deliberations in Delhi to decide candidates for 100 seats. And on Thursday, both parties held a meeting and talks are likely to be over within a day or two. “Both parties have reached an understanding that each will contest 125 seats. This formula has been reached on the basis of the present strength of the parties. A number of seats will be exchanged, and that will be finalised within a day or two,” said a senior Congress leader, who was part of the negotiations. He said neither ally wishes to push the discussions to a breaking point.A senior NCP leader, too, confirmed the seat-sharing formula. “There are allies such as Raju Shetti, Left and others. We will be sparing 38 seats for them,” he said. NCP president Sharad Pawar has already announced five candidates from Beed district. The Leader of Opposition in the Council, Dhananjay Munde, will contest from Parli against his cousin, Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde. Besides, Sandip Kshirsagar will contest from Beed, Namita Mundada from Kej, Prakash Solanke from Majalgaon and Vijaysinh Pandit from Gevrai. “The exchange of seats will take place based on the present political scenario. We may get seats which were never with us but are favourable to us now, and vice versa,” the Congress leader said.Sources said the NCP has asked for seats such as Igatpuri, which the Congress has contested in the past. Two seats in Navi Mumbai, which were with the NCP, may go to the Congress as local NCP leaders have joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In 2014, the parties had contested the elections independently. In 2009, the NCP fielded candidates in 117 seats, and the Congress in 171. The share of the Congress has come down to 125 owing to the losses it suffered in successive Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the State. Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said the alliance with the NCP was final. “We are together and will be fighting the polls in an alliance. As of now, our alliance is unaffected by whether the BJP and Shiv Sena contest together or not. We are of finalising candidates and the list will be out soon,” he said.last_img read more

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28 Nov
2019

IPL 2011: Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers- DC win by 82 runs

first_imgHyderabad opener Shikhar Dhawan scored an impressive 95 not out and later leggie Amit Mishra took a hat-trick as Hyderabad beat Punjab by 82 runs during an IPL match the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Tuesday. Score | PhotosPunjab got off to a rather poor start against Hyderabad and the reason was the daunting 199-run target that proved to be too tough for the hosts.Opener Paul Valthaty fell on the fourth ball of the first over off Dale Steyn on five and the next over saw Aussie Shaun Marsh walk back to a JP Duminy ball on 13 when the team total was 22/2.Post the early setback, captain Adam Gilchrist and Dinesh Karthik got on with a partnership to salvage the Punjab innings. But they were still lagging behind as far as the run rate was concerned as after 10 overs the Punjab total was 77/2 as compared to Hyderabad’s 85/0.Their 61-run partnership came to an end in the 11th over off Daniel Christian. A full length ball outside off was struck towards the extra covers region by opposition skipper Adam Gilchrist, where Cameroon White took an easy catch to dismiss him on 51. And Punjab lost their third wicket on 83.A ball later Karthik too walked back with caught D Ravi Teja, bowled Christian written against his initials on 11. Punjab were down to 84/4 in 11 overs.A few minutes later, Hyderabad’s left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha claimed Abhiskek Nayar to reduce Punjab to 91/5.Then in the 16th over leg spinner Amit Mishra took a hat-trick and got rid of Ryan McLaren, Mandeep Singh and Ryan Harris to reduce Punjab to 102/8.advertisementMishra finished with impressive figures of 4-1-7-4 as Hyderabad won the match by 82 runs.With this loss, Punjab’s hopes of making it to the qualifiers have gone up in smoke.Hyderabad inningsHyderabad Shikhar Dhawan opener carried his bat through scoring an unbeaten 95 as Hyderabad posted an impressive 198/2 against Punjab.Earlier, Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to field in the 67th IPL match of the season. This is the last league game for both teams as the IPL-4 now heads into the knock-out stage.Hyderabad opener Shikhar Dhawan and D Ravi Teja, opening in place of regular opener and Hyderabad skipper Kumar Sangakkara, started the innings of a positive note scoring at a brisk pace. Sangakkara is busy doing national duty for Sri Lanka in England.Teja and Dhawan batted with ease and rotated the strike to frustrate the opposition bowlers. Post the 10th over, Hyderabad score was a good 85/0.Finally, in the 14th over Teja fell after putting on a fine 60 runs on board when the team total was 131. A Paul Valthaty ball took the edge of Teja’s bat and Abhiskek Nayar at deep mid-wicket pouched it to end Teja’s 41-ball innings that was decorated with five fours and two sixes.But, post that wicket new man JP Duminy did not stay at the crease for long and departed on the first ball of the 17th over off Ryan Harris when batting on 12. Hyderabad were 158/2 post his fall.Opener Dhawan remained unbeaten on 95, hitting an impressive 14 fours and one over the fence shot in his 57-ball innings as Hyderabad scored 198/2.last_img read more

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