Centre offers processed moong, urad to states at subsidised rate for retail

Centre offers processed moong, urad to states at subsidised rate for retail


The Centre has offered to provide processed and urad from its buffer stock to state governments for retail sale at a subsidised rate in the current lean period in a bid to check any possible price rise, according to Consumer Affairs Secretary Leena Nandan.


will be offered at Rs 92 per kg and urad at Rs 84-96 per kg, much lower than prevailing retail market prices, she said.



“This is a new retail price intervention mechanism which has been approved by the Group of Ministers recently. Under this initiative, the central government will provide processed and urad to state governments either in bulk quantity or in one or half kilo pack for retail sale,” Nandan told PTI.


will be offered from the buffer stock created with the Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF). States after evaluating

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Delhi records ‘moderate’ air quality, may turn ‘poor’ by Monday

Delhi records ‘moderate’ air quality, may turn ‘poor’ by Monday


The capital recorded its air quality in the “moderate” category on Saturday morning, while a government forecasting agency predicted that it will turn “poor” by Monday.


At 9.30 am, Delhi’s (AQI) was 168, which falls in the “moderate” category. On Friday, it recorded a 24-hour average AQI of 134.



An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.


The Ministry of Earth Science’s air quality monitor, SAFAR, said dust from arid regions in the southwest has started affecting Delhi.


“Farm fires have begun in Amritsar, Punjab, and neighbouring border regions and are likely to influence the city’s air quality,” it said.


The farm fire count on Friday was around

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This is why coronavirus may be life-threatening for some patients

This is why coronavirus may be life-threatening for some patients


When two brothers fell critically ill with Covid-19 around the same time in March, their doctors were baffled. Both were young — 29 and 31 years old — and healthy. Yet within days they couldn’t breathe on their own and, tragically, one of them died.


Two weeks later, when a second pair of Covid-stricken brothers, both in their 20s, also appeared in the Netherlands, geneticists were called in to investigate. What they uncovered was a path leading from severe cases, genetic variations, and gender differences to a loss of immune function that may ultimately yield a new approach to treating thousands of patients.



The common thread in the research is the lack of a substance called interferon that helps orchestrate the body’s defense against viral pathogens and can be infused to treat conditions such as infectious hepatitis. Now, increasing evidence

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Gujarat Pipavav RoRo segment takes a hit on fall in automobile volumes

Gujarat Pipavav RoRo segment takes a hit on fall in automobile volumes


With auto demand taking a hit across categories during ongoing pandemic, APM Terminals-promoted Gujarat Pipavav has had to face the heat as volumes at its Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) segment have almost halved in the last few months.


“Currently, the drop in volumes in our RoRo business is about 50 per cent. Since the yard is now vacant, we could look to use the space for storage of containers,” Jakob Friis Sorensen, managing director at APM Terminals Pipavav told Business Standard.



The Netherland-based APM is one of the biggest container and port terminal operator in the world. Its Pipavav port has chalked out a capital expenditure worth Rs 700 crore subject to approval of concession extension of at least 20 years beyond the year 2028. The Gujarat Maritime Board is expected to announce its decision on the concession period of Mumbai-listed

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TikTok purges 37.6 mn videos from India for community guidelines violation

TikTok purges 37.6 mn videos from India for community guidelines violation


Chinese short video-making app purged more than 104.5 million videos from its platform in the first half of this year (the pre-ban period) for violating its community guidelines and majority were from India at 37.68 million.


At second place was the US, where the app has just averted the ban with Oracle-Walmart coming to its rescue, with 9.82 million videos that were removed in H12020, according to TikTok’s latest transparency report.



The total number accounts for less than 1 per cent of all the videos uploaded on


Before the India ban, had nearly 200 million users in the country, nearly the double from its US market.


Apart from India and the US, the highest numbers of videos were removed from Pakistan, Brazil and the UK at 6.45 million, 5.53 million, and 2.95 million, respectively.

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Covid-19 Factoid: India’s active case tally drops below 1 million

Covid-19 Factoid: India’s active case tally drops below 1 million

The global count of cases is over 31 million, with over 7.4 million cases currently active. Of this number, over 2.55 million cases are located in just the US. The global death toll has now reached over 969,000, with more than 204,000 deaths in the US alone.

India has the fastest rising pandemic curve in the world with the total case tally nearing 5.5 million. Over 17.5 per cent of its cases, or nearly 1 million cases, are currently active. With almost 4.5 million people beating the infection, the recovery rate for India is over 80 per cent.


Here are some data insights on the pandemic:

India recorded its highest-ever daily recoveries

India added over 100,000 new recoveries on Sep 21, biggest single-day spike.

This the fourth straight day with over 90,000 recoveries. Overall 4.5 million people have recovered from the virus in the country

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