The ongoing Income Tax Department raids on large onion traders in Lasalgaon and other areas of Maharashtra has pushed the market in a bearish mood. Protesting traders did not participate in the auctions on Friday. On Thursday, as the raids commenced, prices dipped by 30 per cent, resulting in farmers protesting against the raids and stopping the auction process. Depending on onion quality, the average prices crashed from ₹1,330 per quintal to ₹900 per quintal.
The Right to Information Act was brought in with great hopes in 2005. After 12 years the law is losing steam as information is routinely denied. Sometimes, even the denial is sent months after the original application. For example, the Indian Railway Board recently took 624 days to finally dispose of an RTI application filed by BusinessLine. This period, a little over 20 months and 15 days, is what it takes for a female Asiatic elephant to deliver her baby.
Sugarcane crop in South and Central Maharashtra, the key growing regions, has suffered extensive damage due to pest attacks, and yields could dip by 10-15 per cent in the twin regions, causing extensive loss to farmers. The Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI), which is a premier R&D institution for sugarcane in the country, is tracking the damage. A senior officer at VSI said that crop damage is extensive because of the white grub pest, which attacks the roots of sugarcane.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".