Lok Sabha Passes Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 To Remove Stock Limit On Agricultural Produce

first_imgNews UpdatesLok Sabha Passes Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 To Remove Stock Limit On Agricultural Produce Akshita Saxena15 Sep 2020 8:06 AMShare This – xThe Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 by voice vote, to replace its corresponding Ordinance, which was promulgated in in June this year. The Bill seeks to amend the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. When read with Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 by voice vote, to replace its corresponding Ordinance, which was promulgated in in June this year. The Bill seeks to amend the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. When read with Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 (both of which have been introduced in the lower house), the Bill aims to increase the availability of buyers for farmers’ produce, by allowing them to trade freely without any license or stock limit. Key Features Regulation of food items The Essential Commodities Act, 1955 empowers the central government to designate certain commodities such as food items, fertilizers, etc. as essential commodities and regulate its production, supply, distribution, trade, and commerce, for securing their ‘equitable distribution’ and ‘availability at fair prices’. The Bill provides that the Central Government may regulate the supply of certain food items including cereals, pulses, potatoes, onions, edible oilseeds, and oils. This power can be exercised only under “extraordinary circumstances” like (i) war, (ii) famine, (iii) extraordinary price rise and (iv) natural calamity of grave nature. Stock limit The Bill requires that imposition of any stock limit on agricultural produce must be based on price rise. A stock limit may be imposed only if there is: 100% increase in retail price of horticultural produce;50% increase in the retail price of non-perishable agricultural food items. The increase will be calculated over the price prevailing immediately preceding twelve months, or the average retail price of the last five years, whichever is lower. Parliamentary Debate Congress MP Dr. Amar Singh opposed the Bill and said that it completely departs from the original intention of the principal Act. He highlighted that whereas the mother Act empowers Govt to issue directions to ensure ‘equitable distribution’ & ‘maintenance fair prices’, the Bill restricts power to ‘extraordinary circumstances’ alone. He also pointed out that the provision for imposition of stock limit only when prices of certain commodities increase by a hundred per cent is highly unreasonable. He illustrated, if price of a cereal is Rs.100, the Government would not act even if its prices rises to Rs. 199. In such circumstances, he said, the farmers will suffer indiscriminately. Other Members widely opposed delimitation of stock, emphasizing that it will only benefit private investors at the cost of poor farmers. “Since stock limits are being removed, a large number of corporate investors will hoard stock when prices are low,” a member said. Minister of State for Consumer Affairs defended the Bill and claimed that it is necessary to control price volatility, partly induced by the pandemic. He further assured that the farmers will benefit from this legislation as it will attract investment in cold storage and save crop produce. Click Here To Download Bill Read Bill Next Storylast_img read more

Amsterdam all set for latest Gaming in Holland conference

first_img Perform picks Amsterdam as DAZN’s innovation home September 14, 2018 Related Articles Share The seventh annual Gaming in Holland (GiH) conference is to get underway next week (Tuesday June 19 – Wednesday June 20) in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, which promises to be “the place to connect with all the key players in the Dutch gaming industry”.Amongst those set to be brought together are Erwin van Lambaart, CEO of Holland Casino, Niels Onkenhout, CEO of Nederlandse Loterij, and Marja Appelman, CEO of the Netherlands Gaming Authority, at the De Hallen Studios in the 19th century Amsterdam West district.With a stacked two day conference programme lined up, a plethora of industry issues and topics are to be discussed, with day one set to focus on the latest regulatory and legal developments, whilst day two switches its focus to the possible opening of the Dutch retail betting market.With a number of networking opportunities also afforded to those attending, amongst the specifics set to be featured across the two days is a discussion on whether the Netherlands is set to be the loser in light of European developments.This comes in light of Spain recently celebrating the fifth anniversary of its successful online market debut, whilst Sweden is also poised to strike for quick market re-regulation.GiH also states that you can “learn how to launch a successful iGaming brand in a liberalized Dutch remote market,” for which creative brand strategist Erik Pas offered a little insight “don’t follow the herd, be different by building a brand based on relevant values”.Furthermore, GiH 2018 is to also see the inaugural Responsibility in Gaming Awards, which is set to be held at an exclusive awards dinner.Here attendees can also show their support for Gehandicaptensport, a Dutch charity which helps to raise vital funds for disabled sports.Ahead of GiH 2018, is stated that seven is very much the magic number, with the Netherlands ranked 7th among the EU28 in GDP per capita, as well as 7th with regards to the size of its gaming, betting and lottery marketShould you wish to attend GiH, you can do so by registering here. René Jansen sheds light on Dutch age verification framework December 18, 2019 StumbleUpon Submit All-in Translations prepares for All-in Global rebrand July 11, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

Middletown’s Halloween Hullabaloo Set for Oct. 28

first_imgCome to Poricy Park on Friday, October 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a Halloween Hullabaloo presented by Middletown Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, the Middletown Arts Center and the Poricy Park Conservancy. Free admission. Costume contests begin at 5 p.m. Categories are Ages 2 & Under, Ages 3-5, Ages 6-8, Ages 9-12 and Groups of 2 or More. Haunted Hayrides begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the awe inspiring Mad Science Show at 6 p.m. Don’t miss cartooning with the Doodle Dude and a free candy bag for the kids. Weather permitting. Poricy Park is located at 345 Oak Hill Road, Middletown, NJ. (Use Red Bank for GPS). Call (732) 842-5966 for voicemail.last_img

Big Bad Joel Stewart now a Nelson Leaf

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily Sports Leaf coach and GM Chris Shaw continues to tinker with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League squad. The Leafs added 6’1, 190-pound winger Joel Stewart to the roster in a futures deal with the Spokane Braves. “(Joel) is a tough two-way player who can score goals and is a big-time agitator,” Shaw said Saturday when asked about his new recruit. “Guys (in this league) don’t like to play against him.” “I know the guys were saying when I told them I acquired (Joel) is about how they hated playing against that guy,” Shaw added. In 16 games this season with the Braves Stewart scored eight goals for 16 points. The larger stat may be Stewart’s 86 minutes in penalties. “He going to bring some secondary scoring as well as a little more toughness added to our team,” Shaw explained. Stewart is the latest deal for the rookie Leaf skipper. Last month Shaw acquired Kyle Alexander from the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Alexander’s stay was a short one — two games before being traded south of the border to Helena, Mont.Shaw then picked up winger Evan Moir. The 6’2”, 190-pound Moir played with the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. “With the core group of guys we have there might be one or two moves made,” Shaw said. “You never know what’s going to happen with injuries . . . . Right now we’re kind of hit with the injury bug so you’ve got to bring another player in when you’ve got a player out for four to six weeks.”[email protected]last_img read more

Sentinel grad, Kendra Wayling, joins Heat at Nationals

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsKendra Wayling once again is bound for a major tournament.The Mount Sentinel Wildcats grad is in St. John’s, New Brunswick to compete in the Canada College Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Championships.The top-ranked Heat bent but didn’t break against the longtime rival Vancouver Island University Mariners last month at UBCO gymnasium in Kelowna, winning the B.C. Championship for the third consecutive year in five sets (25-27, 25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 15-7).The Heat advanced to the final with a straight set win (25-20, 25-17, 25-16) over University of the Fraser Valley.Top-ranked UBCO opens the tournament Thursday at 2 p.m. PST against host St. Johns.The other teams in the eight-team field include FX Garneau of Quebec City, Mount Allison of Sackville, NB, Humber College of Toronto, Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island and Alberta reps Grand Prairie and Mount Royal College of Calgary.Semi finals go Friday with the final set for Saturday at 3 p.m. PST.Wayling, 21, is no stranger to the spotlight.During her senior year at Mount Sentinel the 5’9” middle player led the Cats not only to the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball title, but also the B.C. High School A Girl’s Basketball crown.After graduating, Wayling, who lives in Castlegar, played a season in Idaho for Coeur d’ Alene College before taking a year off to rehab an injury knee.UBCO, entering Nationals with a 20-6 overall mark and 13-1 in BCCAA league play, heavily recruited Wayling to come to Kelowna to play this past season for the Heat.Kendra Wayling is the sister of Katie Wayling who attends Palm Beach State College, located 60 miles north of Miami in Lake Worth, [email protected]last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Emergency Services Camp Team

first_imgAlmost 30 students between Grades 10-12 from throughout the West Kootenay successfully completed the 2016 Nelson Emergency Services Camp.The camp is coordinated by the Nelson Police Department in conjunction with the Nelson RCMP, Nelson Fire Rescue, Nelson Search and Rescue, and BC Ambulance and is based on previous successful years of Police Camp in Nelson.Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the students and instructors at the three day camp with Team of the Week.last_img

Redknapp wants Celtic and Glasgow Rangers to join Premier League

first_imgQPR manager Harry Redknapp says the time is right for Celtic and Glasgow Rangers to be admitted to the Premier League.Celtic are dominant north of the border, while their rivals at Ibrox are threatening to quit Scottish football because of a planned restructure of the game.And Redknapp said: “I’d like Celtic and Rangers to play in England. I’ve said that for a year or two.“They are two of the biggest clubs in word football and it would also give someone else a chance to win something in Scotland if they left.“Look at their support – if you go all over the world you’ll find supporters of Celtic and Rangers.“We’ve got a Welsh team in the Premier League, so why not two Scottish teams?”Meanwhile, Redknapp says he is not looking to sell Alejandro Faurlin.Click here for our QPR v Tottenham 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South African young football champs off to Spain

first_imgRay Maota Members of the Barkerville PrimarySchool team after being crownedthe Danone Nations Cup winnersin South Africa.(Image: Flickr) The international ambassador of thetournament is French soccer legendZinedine Zidane.(Image: Danone Nations Cup)MEDIA CONTACTS• Danone Southern Africa+27 87 350 2000RELATED ARTICLES• Centre for SA’s future football stars• Grassroots football alive and kicking• Boost for South African football coaching• Fifa awards Tutu’s football spiritFootball players from Barkerville Primary School will be holding the hopes of the nation when they represent South Africa at the 2011 Danone Cup world finals in Spain from 5 to 9 October 2011.Forty countries will be represented in the annual event, which has come to be known as the football world cup for 10- to 12-year olds. Fittingly, South Africa hosted the Cup in 2010.Sandra Dorville, communications manager for Danone South Africa, said: “Football as a universal sport is the perfect way to promote values such as fair play, the pleasure of the game, team spirit, sharing and above all, human values like openness and respect.”Danone, a dairy product brand, is the main sponsor of the tournament.The Barkerville boys from Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape qualified to compete in Spain after defeating Kgwahlele Primary School from Limpopo in the South African Danone Nations Cup.Neil Tovey, a South African football legend, said: “Barkerville dominated more than the others teams, and they deserved to win the finals.”The team’s coach Mpilo Canga added: “The message I instil in the boys is to always play with confidence and have trust in your ability. This will be the first time that any of these boys, as well as myself, will travel out the country and I am glad that the hard work that we have put into training has paid off.”The draw to determine fixtures will take place on 5 October and the group round-robin stage will start on 6 October.The finals will take place on 9 October at the Santiago Bernabéu, the home of Real Madrid.Dreams come trueAlthough competing overseas will be a first-time experience for the team members, some players have already dreamed of it.Asivuyise Ndzamela, central defender for the team, said: “Having won the Danone Nations Cup and getting to travel to Spain in October, I have realised that dreams do come true and sometimes our dreams are closer than we think.”Ndzamela rates his grandmother as his biggest inspiration. “My grandmother is very strong and has taught me how to persevere.”He says this perseverance has enabled him to go from playing on rough fields, where the ball is made out of plastic bags and mud bricks stand as goal posts, to representing his country in Spain and competing at the Santiago Bernabéu.“I hope to make my country and the people of Mount Frere very proud,” said Ndzamela.Qhamani Mandlevu, who scored the winning goal to send the team on their way to Spain, said: “It was my dream to win and get to go to Spain. I have heard that there are scouts at the Danone Nations Cup world finals and I would really like to play well in front of them and hopefully catch the eye of one of them.”Mandlevu said although he’s only 11 years old, he wants to start an international career as soon as possible.Triple win to make historyIf the Barkerville boys are victorious this year, they could set a new record by securing a triple win for the African continent. Teams from South Africa have won the world title twice before in the event’s 11-year history.This is matched only by France and Reunion Islands.The Cup’s ambassador is legendary footballer Zinedine Zidane, a former Real Madrid player.He will be observing the young teams from the sidelines and will present the winner’s trophy.last_img read more

Indian TT team rides high on success wave

first_imgTwo gold medals at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games have ensured that India will look at table tennis with a great deal of anticipation.Playing at home can give them the edge and the Indian paddlers will be keen to make the most of the advantage at the Yamuna Sports Complex.Achantha Sharath Kamal was the catalyst for the golden run four years ago as he came up trumps in the men’s singles and guided the men’s team to first place.After clinching the US Open and Egypt Open titles a few months ago, Kamal broke into the top 50. He is currently world No. 41 and will be leading the country’s campaign.Several other players have also risen up the rankings recently. The likes of A. Amalraj (181), Subhajit Saha (214) and Soumyadeep Roy (249) will be called upon to lend support to Kamal.The men’s team opens its campaign against Vanuatu on Monday. Guyana and Dominica are the other two teams in the group. “This is a favourable draw and we should not face any problem in winning all three matches,” national coach Bhawani Mukherji said.India is seeded second in the team event after Singapore and is fancied to make it to the medal rounds. The women’s team event also starts on Monday and the Indians have New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ghana in their group.India won a bronze medal in this event in Melbourne and will be keen for a podium finish.Among the women, Mouma Das is ranked highest at No. 214, followed by Madhurika Patkar (220), Poulomi Ghatak (258) and Kumaresan Shamini ( 280).advertisementIndia is seeded second in the women’s draw as well, behind Singapore. “The women’s draw is OK. We were expecting either New Zealand or Malaysia in our group, so there is nothing to worry about,” Mukherji said.India faces Sri Lanka on Monday morning before taking on the Kiwis in the afternoon. The team events conclude on October 9 after which the focus will shift to the individual events – the men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.Kamal, defending his individual gold medal on home turf, is expected to face stiff opposition from world No. 17 Gao Ning of Singapore.The Indian women are expected to find the going tough in the singles against Singapore, led by world No. 2 Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu (7) and the experienced Li Jiawei.Kamal will team up with Saha in the men’s doubles and Shamini in the mixed doubles. Amalraj and Roy will be the other men’s pair. In the women’s doubles, Patkar and Shamini will team up, as will Ghatak and Das.Amalraj and Patkar, who won bronze at the Commonwealth Championships, will be keen for another medal. Das will team up with Saha, as will Ghatak with her fianc Roy.last_img read more