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By Jaideep Sarin
With onion prices across the country on the upswing, the common man is feeling the pinch. Onion prices crossed the Rs 70 per kg mark at many places on Thursday with most people complaining that the government was not doing enough to contain the price rise.
The Nashik-based National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation (NHRDF), in its latest report, has said that the onion prices are likely to remain on the higher side till September-end.
The foundation also pointed out that out of the storage stock of 40 lakh tonnes in July this year, 50 per cent has been consumed and only about 16-18 lakh tonnes is left over.
In the national capital, onions were selling at Rs 65 per kg in retail, up from Rs 25 per kg just over a month ago. In Chandigarh, Shimla and adjoining areas, onions were selling at Rs 70 per kg and even more.
“We have told our customers that onions will no longer be served as a salad item free of cost. They have to pay Rs 30 extra for a plateful of onions,” Pritam Singh, a dhaba owner in Chandigarh told IANS.
With the festival season round the corner, onion prices in Mumbai could breach the Rs 100 per kg mark soon, a top official said in India’s commercial capital on Thursday.
“Presently, the wholesale rate is around Rs 55/kg, which is expected to go up another average of 15 per cent over the next couple of days. This will have a natural effect in the retail markets,” Agriculture Produce Market Committee (Onions & Potato) chief Ashok Walunj told IANS.
Given the ongoing dry spell in most parts of Maharashtra, Walunj apprehended that the retail onion prices in urban centres like Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur could breach the Rs 100 per kg mark in the next couple of weeks.
The wholesale prices of onion in Lasalgaon market in Maharashtra’s Nashik district, during August increased by around 65 per cent compared to the previous month and around 117 per cent compared to last August.
“Onion prices started increasing from mid-July onwards in the Maharashtra and other markets due to less rainfall and slow release of stored stock by the farmers with the expectation of more prices in the coming days due to erratic rains in Maharashtra and the delayed kharif crop,” the NHRDF pointed out.
“The wholesale prices of onion in Delhi market during the month of August 2015 increased by around 52 per cent compared to previous month and around 63 perc ent compared to last year during August,” the foundation added.
As per data available with Agmarknet, an initiative of the agriculture ministry, the average all-India wholesale price of normal sized onion was Rs 5,000 per quintal and Rs 6,800 per quintal for the large-sized ones.
Local vendors in Maharashtra say that transportation issues and irregular rains have led to the hike in the onion prices, adding to the miseries of the buyers. The prices are likely to increase even further, they said.
“Last week most of the stock got destroyed due to rain. We cannot transport the commodity everyday to the mandi but have to store them here,” Shashi Kumar, an onion trader at New Delhi’s Azadpur mandi told IANS.
A vegetable seller in Lucknow’s Hariharnagar Market told IANS that the onion prices last month were Rs 25 a kg and then started to rise steadily.
Housewives blame the onion price rise to “hoarding and black marketing”.
Bina Sharma, a retired doctor living in Lucknow’s Nirala Nagar, told IANS: “Onion prices are out to destroy our household budget once again. We were very hopeful after the (Narendra) Modi government was sworn in but prices have gone up and now we are a worried lot.”
Two people connected with onion trade in Bengaluru blamed the rains for the high onion prices.
“Onion prices have shot up because all the sown onion seeds got washed away due to rains. Now, the prices will only reduce if onions from Maharashtra get supplied. If onions do not come from Maharashtra, the high prices will prevail,” said S. Balakrishna, vice president, Bagatha Onion Union Association, Bengaluru.
“All the old onion stock is over, new onions should come from Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh for the onion price to reduce. It will take three months, maybe from December better onion prices will be available,” said Santosh Kumar of Annai Traders in Russell Market, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru.
Kumar is currently selling onions in three grades, a kilogram of premium onions at Rs 56-60, medium onions at Rs 28 and basic quality at Rs 24.
In Kerala, where Onam festival is round the corner, onion prices are causing worries.
“Today, I am selling it at Rs 65 a kg, whereas a week back it was Rs 40. With the festival season of Onam round the corner the price could cross Rs 70,” vegetable vendor Ramesh told IANS in Thiruvananthapuram.
Reshmi Nair, a housewife in the Kerala capital, said that for the time being, she is saved as last week she purchased around five kg of onions at Rs 39 per kg and this would last through the Onam week.
Some housewives are cutting down on onion usage in their homes.
“I use onions in every vegetable, but the steep hike in the prices has now forced me to do without onions in my kitchen. For me, it is no more affordable at Rs 70 a kg,” Archana Bharti, a housewife, told IANS in Shimla.
“The common man feels cheated by the continuous price rise of essential commodities,” she added, blaming the Modi government for not doing enough to check onion prices.
Amitabh Bachchan is adored by the public for his unforgettable on-screen performances as well as his magnetic demeanour. Not only do fans love Amitabh Bachchan's outstanding performance, but the actor's heartwarming words are also highly regarded. A much moved Amitabh Bachchan, during his speech to the crowd of over 80,000 people at the Reliance Industries' annual event, said that the legacy left by Dhirubhai has had a positive impact on millions of people's lives worldwide.
When Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan became bankrupt in the late 1990s, Dhirubhai Ambani stepped forward to give him financial assistance. In his speech, Bachchan remembered that Dhirubhai had sent Anil Ambani to offer him financial assistance during the crisis, which he had respectfully declined. Lenders began knocking on his door, losses mounted, and his bank account dwindled to nothing. He said, "Dhirubhai's money might have gotten me out of the problem quickly. However, I respectfully declined his offer and gradually began to find work again, which let me pay off my debt."
Amitabh Bachchan is adored by the public for his unforgettable on-screen performances as well as his magnetic demeanour. | Flickr
Later, after Bachchan had recovered from the bankruptcy, one day he was invited to an event at Dhirubhai's residence; Bachchan added, "Dhirubhai was standing and having a chat with his industrialist friends when he saw me there, he called me, firstly I felt shy even to present myself in front of such big industrialists but then, I went there, and Dhirubhai declared in front of all of them that 'This young man had fallen but managed to get back up on his own, I have a lot of respect for him because of that.' Those words of his were worth much more to me than any amount of money that he could have offered me."
It was the "Reliance Family Day" event and was attended by members of the Ambani family from all generations. The event commemorated the company's 40-year journey since its inception. It also celebrated the 85th birthday of the late Dhirubhai Ambani, RILs (Reliance Industries Limited) founder.
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In comparison to adults, children are prone to getting traumatized by troubling events easily, and this makes it important for parents to help their children when the times are tough. It could be a brutal accident, an unprecedented pandemic, a violent crime, or other disasters but with the right parental support, children have a higher chance of coming out stronger from an awful situation.
Anuja Kapur, Psychologist shares few tips wherein you can assist your child when tough times comes calling:
Every child responds differently to disturbing events: What children feel about a current disaster in their life and how they react to it can come and go in waves. Children can act moody and withdrawn at times, struck with sorrow and fear at other times. There's no absolute "right" or "wrong" way to feel after a traumatic event so make sure not to dictate what your child or how your child should feel and react to the event.
Children can act moody and withdrawn at times, struck with sorrow and fear at other times. | Photo by Kat J on Unsplash
Encourage your child to be transparent: Just make sure you let your child know that whatever feelings they're experiencing is normal. The unpleasantness will pass if your child opens up about it and that the phase is temporary. While many teens may be reluctant to talk about their feelings with a parent, encourage them to confide in another trusted adult such as a family friend, relative, or a counselor and teacher. It's important to talkeeven if it's not with you.
Just make sure you let your child know that whatever feelings they're experiencing is normal. | Photo by Sebastián León Prado on Unsplash
Deter your child from reliving the disturbing event: Dwelling over, watching the footage, or imagining the event can be overwhelmingly stressful for children and this stress can even block their nervous system. However, to negate such things from happening encourage activities that keep your child's mind occupied so they're not obsessive about the event. You could encourage your children to read, play games together, or simply watch an uplifting movie.
Dwelling over, watching the footage, or imagining the event can be overwhelmingly stressful for children and this stress can even block their nervous system. | Photo by Юлія Дубина on Unsplash
Cocoon your child with warmth: In order to reassure your child that they are safe with you and feel secure, that the worst is over your physical affection is important in making them feel safe again. Teens may try to be tough through it and avoid being held, but they still need the proximity.
In order to reassure your child that they are safe with you and feel secure, that the worst is over your physical affection is important in making them feel safe again. | Photo by adrianna geo on Unsplash
Maintain routines. Establishing a predictable structure and schedule for your child's life can help to make the world seem more stable again. Try to maintain regular times for meals, homework, and family activities. Make sure your child accommodates time and space for rest, play, and fun. Keeping up with a schedule can help countercheck the obnoxious feeling of stress and worry in children about the future being dark, hopeless, and unpredictable.
Try to maintain regular times for meals, homework, and family activities. | Photo by Paico Oficial on Unsplash
Acknowledge and validate your child's concerns. The disastrous events in life may give place to unrelated fright and concerns in your child. However, understanding and accepting your child's present state is a comfort for the child. If at any point the child blames himself for the event make sure to make it clear and crisp the event was not their fault, you love them, and it's okay for them to feel upset, angry, or scared but not guilty.
Understanding and accepting your child's present state is a comfort for the child Photo by Jeremiah Lawrence on Unsplash
Irrespective of the age of your child, it is vital for parents to offer that extra support and assistance following an unsettling event. The traumatic event may bring up unrelated fears and issues in your child. However, by accepting their thoughts and replacing their fear with your love and direction, the ominous feelings will start to fade away. Eventually, the child will be able to return to a normal and healthy life. (IANS/ MBI)
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The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), has announced plans for smartphone and other electronics manufacturers to fit a common USB-C charging port on their devices in an effort to reduce waste. In addition to phones, the rules will apply to other devices like tablets, headphones, portable speakers, videogame consoles, and cameras, reports The Verge. The decision will have a huge impact on Apple, as the company still uses its own Lightning connector to charge iPhones. The proposals only cover devices using wired, not wireless and a USB-C port is only mandatory for devices that charge using a cable.
"Chargers power all our most essential electronic devices | Photo by Solen Feyissa on Unsplash
"Chargers power all our most essential electronic devices. With more and more devices, more and more chargers are sold that are not interchangeable or not necessary. We are putting an end to that," the report quoted EU commissioner Thierry Breton as saying.
The Commission also wants to unbundle the sale of chargers from the sale of electronic devices, which it says will improve the consumers' convenience. "With our proposal, European consumers will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics - an important step to increase convenience and reduce waste." In addition, the Commission will require manufacturers to provide relevant information about charging performance. (IANS/MBI)
Keywords: Electronic Devices, Chargers, Cable, smartphone, Adapters, Charging Cord