Three judges, the Chief Justices of Calcutta and Orissa High Courts, Arun Mishra and Adarsh Kumar Goel respectively, and senior lawyer Rohinton Nariman have been elevated as judges of the Supreme Court.With the appointment of these judges, the strength of judges in the court will increase to 28, as against the sanctioned strength of 31.
The recent 6.5% hike in railway freight rate has led to an increase of Rs 300 a tonne in the prices of steel products across the country. Traders are considering a further increase of Rs 700-1,000 a tone in coming days.
The cost of steel production will certainly surge on the freight rate hike, with a rise in iron ore transportation costs. With the increase in freight cost, all raw materials, including coal and iron ore, will become dearer. Consequently, coal, iron ore and steel prices will increase.
Punjab government gave in-principle approval for establishing a Rs. 150-crore mega food park at Ladowal in Ludhiana to promote food processing industry in the state.
The Central Government’s scheme of Mega Food Park, which aims at providing a mechanism to link agricultural production to the market, provides for a one-time capital grant of 50% of the project cost, subject to a limit of Rs. 50 crore in general areas and 75% of the project cost, subject to a limit of Rs. 50 crore in difficult and hilly areas.
Mega Food Parks Scheme
This scheme was launched in the 10th Plan as Scheme of Food Parks and was revised during the 11th Plan period and was rechristened as Mega Food Parks Scheme (MFPS). The scheme was approved by the Union Government in September 2008.
Objectives of MFPS:
- To accelerate growth of food processing industry in the country.
- Enhance the processing of perishables in the country from the current 6% to 20%.
- Raising value addition from existing 20% to 35%.
- Increase India’s share in global food trade from 1.5% to 3% by year 2015.
The Punjab Cabinet approved the Backward Class (BC) status for the Jat and Jat Sikhs of the State. Now, Jats and Jat Sikhs are the 69th and 70th community to be included in the category.
As per the Punjab Cabinet decision
- Quota benefit will also be extended to economically weaker persons from the general category.
- These reservations would be in addition to the quota already in place and would not affect the existing quota sections.
- A commission will be set up to work out modalities for the implementation of the Cabinet decision.
- The grant of BC status to the Jats and Jat Sikhs will enable them to get reservation in government jobs.
Note: Recently, the Union Cabinet decided to extend OBC status to Jats of Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Delhi. Though, Jats and Jat Sikhs of Punjab had been left out of the Union Cabinet’s decision because the Punjab government had failed to bring the community in the State BC list.