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Cabinet approves minimum support price hike for rabi crops; shares list

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved increase in minimum support price (MSP) for rabi crops for 2022-23 rabi marketing season (RMS).

The highest absolute increase in MSP over the previous year has been recommended for lentil (masur) and rapeseeds and mustard at Rs 400 per quintal each, followed by gram at Rs 130 per quintal. The MSP for rapeseed and mustard will be Rs 5,050 per quintal in RMS 2022-23, while that for lentil (masur) will be Rs 5,500 and for gram Rs 5,230 per quintal

While MSP for safflower has been increased by Rs 114 per quintal to Rs 5,441, that for wheat and barley has been hiked by Rs 40 and Rs 35 per quintal, respectively. The MSP for wheat will be Rs 2,015 per quintal and Rs 1,635 for one quintal of barley.

“The increase in MSP for rabi crops for RMS 2022-23 is in line with the Union Budget 2018-19 announcement of fixing the MSPs at a level of at least 1.5 times of the all-India weighted average cost of production, aiming a reasonably fair remuneration for the farmers,” the government said in a release.

The expected returns to farmers over their cost of production are estimated to be highest in case of wheat and rapeseed and mustard at 100 per cent each, followed by lentil at 79 per cent, gram at 74 per cent; barley at 60 per cent and safflower at 50 per cent, it said.

The government said it has made concerted efforts over the last few years to realign MSPs in favour of oilseeds, pulses and coarse cereals to encourage farmers to shift to larger area under these crops and adopt best technologies and farm practices, to correct demand-supply imbalance.

The increase in MSP along with the recently announced National Mission on Edible Oils-Oil Palm will not only aid in expanding area and productivity but also benefit the farmers by increasing their income and generating additional employment.

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Banks to remain shut for 21 days ; check dates, full list here

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If you are planning to visit your bank in October, plan very carefully as the upcoming month is going to be packed with several bank holidays as per the mandated list of leaves issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). In total, there are 21 bank holidays in the month of October. However, most holidays are state-wise celebrations which means banks in specific states will be close.

Except for a few days, the majority of these holidays are only applicable for a handful of cities and states at a time. As per RBI’s Bank Holiday 2021 list, out of the 21 holidays in October, only 14 of them are holidays because of an occasion, the other seven days are weekend leaves, which encompass Sundays, as well as the second and fourth Saturday of the month.

The RBI mandated holidays are grouped under the categories of ‘Holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act’, ‘Holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act and Real Time Gross Settlement Holiday’ and ‘Banks’ Closing of Accounts’. In the month of October, the majority of the holidays come under the ‘Holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act’ classification, however, October 1, the very first holiday on the list, comes under the ‘Banks’ Closing of Accounts’ classification, which is only a holiday for banks located in Gangtok.

The first holiday on the list that falls under the ‘Holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act’ is set to happen on October 2, in the form of Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti. This national holiday is one of the few that is applicable to all states and cities that the RBI considered for its list of bank holidays next month. The other big holiday that is set to take place and see a large majority of states participate is Durga Puja/Dasara/Dusshera (Vijaya Dashmi), on October 15. This holiday will apply to all banks across India, except those located in Imphal and Shimla.

Full list of holidays for the month of October 2021:

October 1 – Half Yearly Closing of Bank Accounts (Gangtok)

October 2 – Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti (All States)

October 6 – Mahalaya Amavasye (Agartala, Bengaluru, Kolkata)

October 7 – Mera Chaoren Houba of Lainingthou Sanamahi (Imphal)

October 12 – Durga Puja (Maha Saptami) / (Agartala, Kolkata)

October 13 – Durga Puja (Maha Ashtami) / (Agartala, Bhubaneswar, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi)

October 14 – Durga Puja/Dussehra (Maha Navami)/Ayutha Pooja (Agartala, Bengaluru, Chennai, Gangtok, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna, Ranchi, Shillong, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram)

October 15 – Durga Puja/Dasara/Dusshera (Vijaya Dashmi) / (All Banks except those in Imphal and Shimla)

October 16 – Durga Puja (Dasain) / (Gangtok)

October 18 – Kati Bihu (Guwahati)

October 19 – Id-E-Milad/Eid-e-Miladunnabi/Milad-i-Sherif (Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday)/Baravafat / (Ahmedabad, Belapur, Bhopal, Chennai, Dehradun, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jammu, Kanpur, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, Raipur, Ranchi, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram)

October 20 – Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday/Lakshmi Puja/Id-E-Milad (Agartala, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Shimla)

October 22 – Friday following Eid-i-Milad-ul-Nabi (Jammu, Srinagar)

October 26 – Accession Day (Jammu, Srinagar)

October Bank Holidays

Weekend Bank Holidays in October:

October 3 – Sunday

October 9 – 2nd Saturday

October 10 – Sunday

October 17 – Sunday

October 23 – 4th Saturday

October 24 – Sunday

October 31 – Sunday

While the bank branches will remain closed on these days, mobile and internet banking will remain functional as usual. Customers can make transactions through online modes.

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Get your learner’s licence at home now, here’s how!

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Driving learner’s licence will now be available at your doorsteps within few days after your test. According to the new consent by the Jammu and Kashmir Administration, candidates for the learner’s licence can now apply online for the learner’s licence and give the test from home.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a new guideline about the online learner’s licence test that is now applicable in the entire J&K UT which means the applicants don’t have to visit the Regional Transport Office (RTO) for the procedure.

Here’s how you can apply for the learner’s licence:

Go to parivahan.gov.in website and click on Driving licence related services. Select your State/UT and apply for the learner’s licence. Select the correct options given further and fill your Aadhar Card details. Write the OTP messaged on your contact number and continue with the procedure.

Upload your signature and submit the required fee amount. Watch the tutorial video in the portal which is about 5-7 minutes. Answer the given 10 questions. 6 correct answers are required to pass the online test. If you pass the test, you get the learner’s licence and can have the print out.

This is a good initiative by the Government as people in Jammu and Kashmir UT had issues about the slots for learner’s licence.

Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media

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Aadhaar Card Update: Aadhaar not a valid proof of age – High Court

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From time and again, many Indians have tried to produce an Aadhaar Card as a document to verify age. However, in a recent case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has clarified that the 12-digit identification number cannot be used as proof of age.

The court noted that since no documentary details are asked at the time of Aadhaar Card enrollment, the document can’t be used as valid proof of age.

The Aadhaar Card, which is issued by the Unique Identity Development Authority of India (UIDAI), has become a really crucial document in recent times. From availing several services offered by the central and state governments to applying for banking facilities, one needs to produce an Aadhaar card.

Punjab and Haryana High Court were hearing a petition filed by a couple who had run away from Haryana’s Jind district, according to a report by TOI. Justice Amol Rattan Singh had passed the order related to Aadhar’s validity as a valid proof of age.

The HC reportedly said that there is no proof of age of either of the petitioners other than their Aadhaar cards. “….Hence, if upon actual verification the age of the petitioners, especially petitioner No. 1 (girl), is found to be below marriageable age in terms of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, this order will not bar proceedings under the provisions of that act, all offences punishable under the provisions of the said act being cognisable in terms of Section 15 thereof,” the HC was quoted as saying by TOI.

The court has also directed authorities to determine the actual age of the girl. Legal action will be taken against the couple if the true age is found false. However, for now, the court has granted police protection to the couple.

 

 

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