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Morning briefing: Cabinet hikes sugarcane prices; TMC leader booked in fresh gang rape case, all the latest news

Feb 22, 2024 08:59 AM IST

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The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved a hike in sugarcane prices, known as fair and remunerative price (FRP), for the fiscal year 2024-25. The new FRP is set at 340 per quintal of sugarcane, marking an 8% increase from the previous year. This rate applies to a cane recovery rate of 10.25%. The farmers will receive a premium of 3.32 per quintal for every 0.1 percentage point increase above the specified recovery rate, incentivizing efficient cane production. Union Minister Anurag Thakur highlighted the government's commitment to farmers' welfare, noting the clearance of over 99% of cane dues by mills in the previous year. Dig deeper

The council of ministers cleared an FRP of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>340 per quintal of sugarcane for the sugar year beginning on October 1 2024. (ANI)
The council of ministers cleared an FRP of 340 per quintal of sugarcane for the sugar year beginning on October 1 2024. (ANI)

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West Bengal Director General of Police (DGP) Rajeev Kumar visited Sandeshkhali on Wednesday amidst escalating tensions stemming from allegations of sexual abuse and violence involving Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders. The visit coincided with the local police registering a second case of gang rape against an arrested TMC leader and his associates based on a statement provided by a woman before a magistrate. The unrest began on February 7, with protests led by local women demanding action against TMC figure Sheikh Shahjahan and his associates over accusations of sexual assault and land grabbing. Shahjahan has been on the run since January 5, following an attack on an Enforcement Directorate team investigating him for a money laundering case. Eighteen people, including TMC leaders Shibaprasad Hazra and Uttam Sardar, have been arrested in connection with various complaints. DGP Kumar's visit aimed to assess the situation and engage with local officials and villagers, amidst heightened security measures including prohibitory orders and increased police presence.

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