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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Solapur: Nationalist Congress Party’s Ramesh Kadam along with thousands of supporters attacked a police station in Mohol town of Solapur district on Sunday afternoon. At least  13 policemen were injured in the resultant clashes, officials said.

According to a police official M. N. Jadhav of Solapur Control, the local NCP legislator Ramesh Kadam, accompanied by more than 3,000 supporters, led a noisy procession, to ‘surrender’ at the Mohol police station.

The surrender was to pre-empt his impending arrest after a summons was served on him for damaging public properties near the Pune-Solapur Highway on June 28, Jadhav said.

On his part, Kadam issued advertisements in the local media and circulated messages on social networking sites about his decision to ‘surrender’ which attracted hundreds of supporters joining the procession this afternoon.

As they walked shouting anti-police slogans, police attempted to stop them with barricades, but the activists started stoning police and the station house and also knocked down the barricades.

In the free-for-all, police resorted to a minor cane charge to disperse the agitated activists, but at least 13 policemen sustained injuries due to the stone-throwing.

Later, Kadam and around 15 of his supporters were detained and process was on to arrest them for rioting, damaging public properties, attacking police and other charges.

Speaking to media persons, Kadam denied that his supporters had attacked the police station or stoned policemen.

“All this is instigated by the district collector Tukaram Munde who is ‘mentally deranged’ and a ‘corrupt’ officer … He had deliberately tried to frame me in this matter,” Kadam alleged.

Top police and civil administration officials have rushed to Mohol, around 40 km from the district headquarters and the situation was brought under control by Saturday evening.

Police were deployed in large numbers in the town to defuse the tense situation and ward off any untoward incidents.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Food wastage in developed countries inexcusable: India

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United Nations: In a world grappling with the hunger of millions, it was “inexcusable” that consumers in developed countries waste as much food as all of Sub-Saharan Africa produces every year, India said here on Monday.

Speaking at a session of a General Assembly committee dealing with economic matters, Supriya Sule said over 100 kg of food is wasted every year for each person in the developed countries.

“It is indeed a travesty that the world today produces enough food to feed the global population and yet millions of poor go hungry every day,” she said citing Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) figures.

“This happens because over one-third of all food produced — as much as 1.3 billion tonnes — is wasted every year.”

Sule blamed “unsustainable and wasteful consumption patterns” for the “colossal wastage” that is “inexcusable”.

“It is important to focus greater efforts at awareness creation and attitudinal change in the developed world which will enable us to save huge amounts of food,” she added at the discussion on “Agriculture Development, Food Security and Nutrition”.

Sule, a Nationalist Congress Party member of the Lok Sabha representing Barmati in Maharashtra, is currently among parliamentarians in India’s UN delegation.

Turning to the problem in developing countries, she said there was an “unacceptably high level of post-harvest losses”.

This was due to poor infrastructure and lack of advanced technologies for production, processing and transportation, she said.

“This problem needs to be addressed by means of enhanced investments in rural infrastructure and transportation and storage facilities as well as better access to and deployment of technologies,” Sule said.

Sule, whose Barmati constituency is a major farming area, paid tributes to farmers.

“It is a matter of pride for us that Indian agriculture has achieved self-sufficiency,” she said.

“Today it is not only able to meet the needs of India’s population but is also playing a major role in agricultural trade.”

Referring to the UN’s declaration of 2015 as the International Year of Soils, she said: “In India, a new ambitious scheme has been launched to provide Soil Health Cards to all farmers in the country in a time-bound manner.”

Under the programme launched in February, more than 140 million farms will have their soils tested and issued Soil Health cards detailing the fertiliser and nutrient requirements for productivity and preservation.

More directly for combating hunger and malnutrition, Sule said the National Food Security Act, which seeks to ensure access to quality food at affordable prices, “has already started showing positive results in combating hunger and malnutrition”.

(IANS)