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  • Congress leaders named to head Parliament committees July 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as the decision over the Leader of Opposition still looms over the Congress, many Congress leaders will now chair a number of Parliament committees. KV Thomas will head the Public Accounts Committee while Kamal Nath will head the Parliament committee on Defence. Veerappa Moily will head the Parliament...
  • Congress hits out at NDA over measures announced to curb price rise June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The Congress hit out at the Narendra Modi government over the slew of measures announced to curb the rising food prices. As inflation hit fivemonth high and rising food prices have sent the Modi government into a huddle. Former Food and Public Distribution Minister KV Thomas said that the...
  • Priyanka and Rahul together can lift the Congress, says KV Thomas June 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The Congress party is still reeling under its worst ever electoral drubbing. While it has authorised Congress President Sonia Gandhi to make large scale changes there is a lot of uncertainty about the future. Many have spoken out against Rahul Gandhi's leadership. Kerala Congress leader TH Mustafa was...
  • We see Indira in Priyanka, Modi a dictator: Congress's KV Thomas June 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The demands for inducting Congress President Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Gandhi's daughter grew louder on Friday with party MP KV Thomas saying that she is a reflection of Indira Gandhi. "We see Indira Gandhi in Priyanka. She should work with Rahul to lift the party," Thomas said. Like many...
  • Congress will function as 'constructive Opposition': KV Thomas May 26, 2014

    Kochi: Congress does not believe in any confrontation with the new Narendra Modi government and will function as a "constructive" opposition, former Union minister, KV Thomas said in Kochi on Monday. "We will work as constructive opposition in the Lok Sabha and will not create a situation where even question...
  • Lok Sabha polls: Kerala records 70 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm April 10, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: 57.3 per cent voting was registered till 3 pm in all the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala on Thursday. Voters began to trickle in most of the polling stations as soon as the polling began at 7 am, to choose their representatives for the 16th Lok Sabha. At many...
  • Will Ernakulam vote for change or stand by its sitting MP KV Thomas? April 3, 2014

    Ernakulam: With the entry of senior journalist Anitha Pratap in the race for Lok Sabha, campaigning scenes in Kochi look different this year; the traditional garlands have been replaced by brooms for the AAP candidate. Pratap is relying on being a credible alternative to the ruling Congress-led-United Democratic Front and...
  • GoM okays Rs 7200cr interestfree loan to bail out sugar mills December 6, 2013

    New Delhi: An informal group of ministers, headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, on Friday recommended a slew of incentives to the sugar industry, including 12 per cent interest subsidy on Rs 7,200 crore loan that mills can avail of from banks for paying cane farmers. The PMconstituted panel also recommended...
  • Differences within the government as onion prices continue to soar October 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Food Minister KV Thomas held a review meeting with the ministers from states in Delhi over the rising prices of food commodities. Thomas said that 1,000 tonnes of onions have been contracted urgently and gave an assurance that the prices of onions should soften in 10 days. "Onion prices...
  • KV Thomas to meet Sharad Pawar as onion prices touch Rs 100 per kg October 24, 2013

    New Delhi: Despite a sharp drop in onion prices at the wholesale markets, retail prices in most cities continue to hover around the Rs 100mark. Food Minister KV Thomas will meet Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Thursday to discuss the options before the government. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will...
  • Pawar turns a blind eye towards onions, blames rain for price hike October 24, 2013

    New Delhi: With the current prices of onions in India sky rocketing, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has blamed excessive rain for the steep rise in onion prices, with one eye on China to boost it's supply. In addition, Pawar also said that importing onions from China is the only available option...
  • Onion politics: Farmers vs middle class, tightrope walk for government October 23, 2013

    New Delhi: The soaring price of onion is the biggest concern of the common people across India. The humble onion has already hit a century in the retail markets of Bhopal and Patna. It is expected to complete a century in Delhi, Chandigarh, Srinagar, Lucknow and other north Indian vegetable...
  • Government to import onions, tenders to be floated through NAFED October 22, 2013

    New Delhi: The Union government on Tuesday in an effort to bring down the rising prices has decided that it will import onions. The tenders for the import will be floated through NAFED. Sources say that the modal prices of onion has gone up from 4400 per quintal to a...
  • Food Ministry calls review meeting of onion growing states on Oct 25 October 22, 2013

    New Delhi: The Food Ministry on Tuesday has called for review meeting with onion growing states on October 25. The meeting comes in the backdrop of the increasing prices of onion. Sources said, "The wholesale price of onions in Delhi is Rs 4400 per quintal and There is no reason for...
  • Will act if onion price doesn't come down, says KV Thomas October 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Union Food and Civil Supplies Minister Prof KV Thomas on Monday said that the government was doing everything possible to bring the onion pricen down. Thomas, who is under fire for not being able to apply the brake to soaring price, said, "We are talking to the Chief Minister...
  • Cyclone Phailin: Food Minister KV Thomas rushes team to Odisha October 15, 2013

    In view of the reported damage to foodgrain stocks in central warehouses in cyclonehit Odisha, Food Minister KV Thomas on Tuesday rushed a team of officials to coordinate food distribution in the cycloneaffected areas, an official said. "The minister has asked officials to be in touch with the state government and...
  • Onion prices at Lasalgaon Mandi fall as kharif crops arrive, down by Rs 12/kg to Rs 30/kg October 2, 2013

    Onion prices on Tuesday fell sharply by Rs 12 to Rs 30 per kg at Lasalgaon Mandi in Nashik as supplies almost doubled with the arrival of new crops, raising hopes of a similar cut in retail rates. The impact of a fall in onion prices at Lasalgaon Mandi, which sets...
  • Maharashtra: Did traders collude to create an artificial scarcity of onions? September 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, who has always defended high prices for agricultural commodities arguing that it benefits farmers, on Thursday shrugged off responsibility for soaring onion prices. "I am not dealing in this, consumer affairs is dealing," Pawar said. The minister, however, later in the day said that the...
  • No need to panic, onion prices will stabilise by Oct: Food Minister September 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Food Minister KV Thomas has tried to play down the rising onion price crisis saying that there was no reason to panic. He said onion prices were being reviewed and will stabilise by October. Imports are taking place from Afghanistan, China and Egypt. "Either by the end of...
  • News 360: Onion prices skyrocket, reach Rs 80 per kg September 17, 2013

    The humble onion is again making the headlines as it touched Rs 80 per kilogram on Tuesday. The rates are likely to remain same for the next few days. The Agriculture Ministry has blamed rains and hoarding by the traders for the short supply and the spike in Onion prices. ...
  • Agriculture Ministry blames rains, hoarding for high onion prices September 17, 2013

    New Delhi: The humble onion is again making the headlines as it touched Rs 80 per kilogram on Tuesday. The rates are likely to remain same for the next few days. The Agriculture Ministry has blamed rains and hoarding by the traders for the short supply and the spike in...
  • Onion prices to soften by early next month: KV Thomas September 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Onion prices, which have again gone up to Rs 70 per kg in retail markets, are expected to soften by early next month with supplies from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka improving, Food Minister KV Thomas said on Tuesday. He also said the Centre has asked producing states like Maharashtra...
  • Onion price rise: Food Minister says states must act against hoarders September 17, 2013

    New Delhi: As onion prices soar, the Centre has said that state governments must check hoarding. "The state governments will have to take action against hoarders and speculators. The government has already controlled exports," Food Minister KV Thomas told CNN-IBN. He also said that onion prices are will stabilise by...
  • We should not abruptly stop exports or start imports: Thomas on onion crisis September 17, 2013

    Household budgets have been hit again as onion prices have soared following an acute shortage in supply. Onion prices are a whopping Rs 70 to 80 per kg in the national capital. In Kashmir too, onions are priced at Rs 80 per kg. Onion prices in the retail market in...
  • Parliament clears Sonia's pet Food Security Bill, Cong eyes poll gain September 3, 2013

    New Delhi: The United Progressive Alliance government Chairperson Sonia Gandhi's dream project, the Food Security Bill, has been passed by the Rajya Sabha on Monday night paving the way for it to become a law and give the ruling alliance a powerful electoral issue in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls....
  • Food bill should recognise panchayats' role, demands Mani Shankar Aiyar September 2, 2013

    New Delhi: Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Monday demanded that the guidelines on the Food Security Bill should recognise the role of panchayats in distrubution of food grain to the beneficiaries. Aiyar, who is a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha, said he supported the bill but Food Minister KV Thomas...
  • Watch: KV Thomas initiates discussion on Food Bill in Lok Sabha August 26, 2013

    The Lok Sabha took up the Food Security Bill on Monday. Food Minister KV Thomas initiated the debate in the House saying the Bill will improve the Public Distribution System. ...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai August 20, 2013

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • News 360: Opposition wants PM to answer over missing coal allocation files August 20, 2013

    The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been adjourned till Thursday after uproar over missing coalgate files. BJP members demanded a statement from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the missing files related to the allocation of coal blocks. ...
  • Disruptions by TDP MPs again mar debate on Food Bill August 14, 2013

    Government's attempts to take up the muchhyped National Food Security Bill on Wednesday failed for the second consecutive day due to disruptions caused over the Telangana issue. After two adjournments, when the House met at 2 PM, Food Minister K V Thomas stood up to make a statement on the legislation. Amid...