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New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday increased the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of crops ranging from Rs.15 to Rs.275 for this year’s kharif season.

The new support prices will be effective from October 1 this year.

While the cabinet raised the price of common rice by Rs.50 to Rs.1,410 per quintal, it hiked the price for hybrid and Maldandi variety of ‘jowar’ by Rs.40 a quintal.

A comparatively better hike, however, was on the pulses front. Both ‘Tur‘ (arhar) as well as ‘Urad‘ prices were raised by Rs.275 while that for ‘Moong‘ by Rs.250 per quintal.

Now, the MSP of both ‘tur‘ and ‘urad‘ will be Rs.4,625 per quintal while for ‘moong‘ the MSP will be Rs.4,850 — that is a farmer would get a minimum assured price of Rs.46.25 for his kg of ‘tur‘ and ‘urad’ pulses, and Rs.48.50 for a kg of ‘moong’.

MSPs of ‘ragi’ and sesamum were hiked by Rs.100 per quintal to Rs.1,650 and Rs.4,700 respectively.

Prices of both medium and long staple ranges of cotton have been increased by Rs.50 to Rs.3,800 and Rs.4,100 respectively.

Bajra and Maize saw moderate increase in MSPs.

Interestingly, the MSP for black variety of Soyabean oil remains unchanged at Rs.2,500.

The Centre said the increase was expected to send out a strong signal to farmers to increase acreage and invest for increase in productivity of pulses.

Under the MSP system, the Centre purchases the produce from farmers at the declared price, thereby preventing distress sale.

Due to lower procurement from the Eastern region of the country, the cabinet directed for necessary arrangements to strengthen procurement of agricultural produce from that part of the country. (IANS)

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Microsoft Surface Pro Now Available In India

There is a full-size glass trackpad with five-finger multi-touch capabilities that allows for ultimate precision and the keyboard is wrapped in soft Alcantara material

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Global chip-maker Qualcomm Technologies and Microsoft have collaborated with leading retailers from across the world to offer new "always connected" Windows 10 PCs powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform. Wikimedia Commons
  • Microsoft released its Surface Pro in India
  • It is a high-resolution tablet with 12.3-inch touch-display
  • Customers can buy the Surface Pro from a number of retailers in India

Microsoft on Thursday announced its Surface Pro notebook and accessories are available in India. Surface Pro features a high-resolution 12.3-inch “PixelSense” touch display that supports the new Surface Pen 4.

The first generation, 2-in-1 detachable of the Microsoft Surface series — with a configuration of Intel Core m3, 128 GB SSD, 4GB RAM and Intel HD Graphics 615 — will cost Rs 64,999.

Microsoft introduces its Surface Pro Indian markets. Wikimedia Commons
Microsoft introduces its Surface Pro Indian markets. Wikimedia Commons

Customers can buy the device through more than 130 commercial resellers, the company said in a statement.

“We are delighted to announce the launch of Surface Pro in India and offer our consumers another superior device that will enable them create, study, work and play virtually anywhere,” said Vineet Durani, Director, Windows and Devices, Microsoft India.

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With a new hinge that adjusts to 165 degrees, users can now put the device into “Studio Mode”, thus, creating the optimal position to write or sketch.

It also has a tilt functionality that detects the angle of the Surface Pen to enable more natural shading.

At 8.5-mm thickness and weighing 767 grams, the notebook packs the in 7th-generation Intel Core processor with a fanless design.

Surface Pro has a battery life of 13.5 hours. Wikimedia Commons
Surface Pro has a battery life of 13.5 hours. Wikimedia Commons

 

Its battery supports up to 13.5 hours of life.

There is a full-size glass trackpad with five-finger multi-touch capabilities that allows for ultimate precision and the keyboard is wrapped in soft Alcantara material. IANS

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