The average wholesale onion price at Lasalgaon APMC, the country’s largest wholesale market, went up by a staggering Rs 1,000 per quintal on Thursday alone to touch a four-year high. At the end of the day’s auction, the average wholesale price was Rs 4,500 per quintal. Onion prices have been steadily climbing at Lasalgaon, which sets the tone for sales of the kitchen staple in the country.
A day after thanking the public for their immense support to the Chandrayaan-2 mission, Isro on Thursday finally came out with the update on the orbiter’s health. In a tweet, the Indian space agency said, “All payloads of the orbiter are powered. Initial trials for payloads have been completed successfully and the performance of all payloads is satisfactory.”
A report on what went wrong in the soft landing of Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander on lunar surface will be released soon for the public, said S Somanath, director of Isro’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (Thiruvananthapuram), said on Thursday.
In a jibe without naming ally Shiv Sena, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the Supreme Court is hearing the Ram Mandir case and asked «some loudmouths» to refrain from making statements on the issue. The apex court is hearing the case. I want to tell these people with folded hands to have faith in the judicial system," Modi said at a rally.
The 70-year-old litigation for the ownership of the 2.77 acre disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land in Ayodhya inched closer to finality on Wednesday with the Supreme Court fixing November 17, as the day for the verdict in the case. This is also the day when CJI Ranjan Gogoi retires.
At 17.5 million, India’s diaspora continues to be the largest in the world. It constitutes 6.4% of the total world migrant population of 272 million. India’s diaspora in absolute numbers has increased 10% from 15.9 million in 2015.
Pakistan turned down an overflight request by India for PM Narendra Modi’s upcoming US trip. The PM leaves for the US via Germany on September 21 and returns on September 28. The longer route that AI One will now take increases the flying time by 45-50 minutes for the Delhi-Frankfurt leg.
The Supreme Court pulled up the government for not ensuring safety gear for manual scavengers. The court described manual scavenging as «the most uncivilised and inhuman practice». The court said that nowhere in the world people are sent inside gas chambers.