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  • Lok Sabha polls: Kerala records 70 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm 10-04-2014 07:39 AM

    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...
  • Will Ernakulam vote for change or stand by its sitting MP KV Thomas? 03-04-2014 08:18 AM

    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Pratap in the race for Lok Sabha, campaigning scenes in Kochi look different this year; the traditional garlands have been replaced by brooms for the AAP candidate.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 interest-free loan to bail out sugar mills 06-12-2013 04:46 PM

    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 PM-constituted panel also...
  • Differences within the government as onion prices continue to soar 25-10-2013 02:12 PM

    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...
  • KV Thomas to meet Sharad Pawar as onion prices touch Rs 100 per kg 24-10-2013 09:26 AM

    New Delhi: Despite a sharp drop in onion prices at the wholesale markets, retail prices in most cities continue to hover around the Rs 100-mark. 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 23-10-2013 11:00 PM

    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...
  • Onion politics: Farmers vs middle class, tightrope walk for government 23-10-2013 02:29 PM

    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 22-10-2013 05:24 PM

    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 22-10-2013 02:34 PM

    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...
  • Will act if onion price doesn't come down, says KV Thomas 22-10-2013 12:53 PM

    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...
  • Cyclone Phailin: Food Minister KV Thomas rushes team to Odisha 15-10-2013 03:37 PM

    In view of the reported damage to foodgrain stocks in central warehouses in cyclone-hit Odisha, Food Minister KV Thomas on Tuesday rushed a team of officials to coordinate food distribution in the cyclone-affected areas, an official said. "The minister has asked officials to be in touch with the state government...
  • Onion prices at Lasalgaon Mandi fall as kharif crops arrive, down by Rs 12/kg to Rs 30/kg 02-10-2013 08:37 AM

    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...
  • Maharashtra: Did traders collude to create an artificial scarcity of onions? 23-09-2013 01:15 PM

    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...
  • No need to panic, onion prices will stabilise by Oct: Food Minister 19-09-2013 03:51 PM

    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 17-09-2013 09:06 PM

    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 17-09-2013 07:40 PM

    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 17-09-2013 05:24 PM

    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...
  • Onion price rise: Food Minister says states must act against hoarders 17-09-2013 02:28 PM

    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 17-09-2013 02:03 PM

    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 02-09-2013 11:54 PM

    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 02-09-2013 09:09 PM

    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...
  • Watch: KV Thomas initiates discussion on Food Bill in Lok Sabha 26-08-2013 02:42 PM

    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 20-08-2013 11:50 PM

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  • News 360: Opposition wants PM to answer over missing coal allocation files 20-08-2013 09:01 PM

    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 14-08-2013 07:41 PM

    Government's attempts to take up the much-hyped 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...
  • Congress issues whip to MPs to attend Food Bill debate in Lok Sabha 13-08-2013 05:10 PM

    New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday issued whip to party MPs to be present in the Lok Sabha during debate on Food Security Bill on Wednesday. The Bill was introduced in Parliament by Food Minister KV Thomas on August 7 to replace the an ordinance passed by the Cabinet in...
  • UPA's flagship Food Security Bill to be discussed in Lok Sabha today 12-08-2013 09:38 AM

    New Delhi: United Progressive Alliance's flagship scheme, the Food Security Bill will be taken up for discussion in the Lok Sabha on Monday. Opposition parties are likely to move amendments to the bill that proposes to give two-third of the population the right to highly subsidised food. Food Minister KV...
  • Food Security Bill introduced in Lok Sabha 07-08-2013 05:02 PM

    New Delhi: The Food Security Bill 2013 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday and will be taken up for discussion on Monday. The Bill was introduced in Parliament a month after the Cabinet passed an ordinance. Introducing the Bill in the lower house, Union Food Minister KV Thomas...
  • UPA brings Food Security ordinance but grains still rotting in the open 12-07-2013 11:09 AM

    New Delhi: While the Congress is pushing hard for the Food Security ordinance as its big election ticket for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, nothing has changed on the ground and the foodgrains are still rotting in the open. But Food Minister KV Thomas claimed that there is no rotting of...
  • India has the economic capacity to implement Food Security scheme: KV Thomas 07-07-2013 09:04 PM

    New Delhi: Food Minister KV Thomas said India can afford the Food Security scheme and that the government's priority is to provide food to the people of the country. In an interview with CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar, the Minister also dismissed the BJP's claims that it was not consulted on the...