Organic food industry picks up pace in india

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Being natural and chemical free, are the two aspects which people in India look for their eating habits today...Same is the case for Amit and Mridhu Mahajan, who believe that organic market has come a long way, developing its space in the national market. Their store 'Nirvaaha' is one such stop which offers variety of organic vegetables, pulses, spices, cooking oils and other organic products. They believe that the trend of health consciousness among consumers has led to bring upsurge in the organic food sector. With variant income groups and region of the country, consumers for organic food products are increasing day by day with their acute awareness from health hazards of chemicals and pesticides. Organic food market, which was considered as a niche segment by the Indian consumers, has now transformed into full-fledged industry with high growth potential. It has shown a growth at a CAGR of 30.7 per cent over the period of FY'2009-FY'2014. And, according to the recent report released by ASSOCHAM, the organic food market is estimated to rise from 402 million USD to 965 million USD in 2016. Feb 4, 2015

Nitish Kumar may return as Bihar CM dethroning Jitan Ram, politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 4 (ANI): Politicos on Wednesday reacted on reports that JD (U) MLAs want the former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi to return to the top post replacing Nitish Kumar. According to sources, party MLAs feel that Manjhi will be unable to convey the party's achievements in Bihar for the state elections scheduled in 2015. Sources also say that Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad has also pushed for Nitish to return as Bihar CM. Feb 4, 2015

Heavy snowfall disrupts normal life in Kashmir

Ramban/ Shimla, Feb 04 (ANI): Heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir hit electricity, water and blocked national highway, disrupting normal life. Roads in Ramban area were filled with snow making it difficult for vehicles to ply due to which people had to walk long distances carrying their luggage. National Highway-44 was completely blocked, restricting transportation. State's capital city, Srinagar, on Sunday (February 01) had received season's first snowfall bringing cheers to residents. However, snowfall did not bring much delight to residents of Ramban district. As per local media reports, the weather department has predicted snowfall for next three days. The minimum temperature recorded was minus 0.2 degree Celsius. Reportedly, an avalanche warning has also been issued in higher reaches of the valley. Meanwhile, hill town of Shimla also received three to 90 centimeters of fresh snowfall. Minimum temperature recorded was two degree Celsius. Located in the tropics, most of India witnesses a very hot summer and a largely temperate winter. Feb 4, 2015

Surge in demand of fur shoes in Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 04 (ANI): The demand of fur shoes in Jammu and Kashmir has risen in the wake of fresh snowfall. With fresh spells of snowfall in the past two days, the valley has seen a surge in the demand of fur shoes, as leather shoes become slippery. Fur shoes also help keep feet warm while trekking on snow covered roads and mountains. These shoes are not only warm but comfortable also because of the fur used inside it. There has been sharp increase in prices of these fur shoes over the years. Feb 4, 2015

Challenge Finance Minister to arrest me if money laundering charges prove true: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that his party is wrongly being alleged for illegal money laundering. He said that the Central government has all investigation agencies under it and it can get the transactions probed rather than putting baseless allegations on AAP. Kejriwal challenged Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to arrest him if any such charges are proved to be true. Further Kejriwal said that Kiran Bedi should not put any allegations and should maintain decency in politics. Feb 4, 2015

Kejriwal habitual of staying in media: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): BJP leader and CM candidate for Delhi polls Kiran Bedi on Tuesday attacked AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal for illegal money laundering and accepting 'transacted money. Bedi said that Kejriwal is habitual of staying in media which is why he keeps bringing new issues everyday. She added that media should not pay much attention to him as he keeps running away from his responsibilities. Feb 4, 2015

India, Bangladesh border talks kick off in Tripura

Agartala, Feb 04 (ANI): India, Bangladesh joint district-level border conference to resolve trans-border issues kicked off in Tripura. A wide range of issues like smuggling, trans-border crime, insurgent movement, narcotics, human trafficking was discussed between officials of both the countries. Both the sides expressed satisfaction and said dialogue not only helps in mutually sorting disputes at grass-root level but also helps in confidence building between the nations. Officials of both sides maintained that frequent dialogue should take place at regular intervals as it helps in better coordination and improving ties. Issues related to four districts of Bangladesh and Tripura would be tabled on last day of two-day talks. Similar conferences would also be held in Assam and Meghalaya to sort out border issues. Feb 4, 2015

Fuel prices reduced ahead of polls in Delhi

New Delhi/ Bengaluru/ Mumbai, Feb 04 (ANI): Fuel prices have been reduced by Rs 2.42 for Petrol and Rs 2.25 for Diesel with effect from the midnight of February 3rd and 4th. Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) said it would cut the retail price of diesel by about 4.7 percent and that of gasoline by 4.1 percent from Wednesday (February 04), as global prices have eased since the last revision. AAP leader Ashish Khetan said that slashing of fuel prices was a stunt by the Central government keeping February 07 Delhi polls in mind. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi said that fuel prices never got reduced during Congress' rule. Meanwhile, residents gave their mixed reactions following fuel price reduction. Feb 4, 2015

Delhi Police summon AAP leader over seized liquor bottles

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Election Commission (EC) officials seized 397 cartons of liquor from a warehouse in west Delhi, days before the national capital goes to polls on February 07. Acting on a tip off, a team of EC officials raided the warehouse near residence of AAP leader Naresh Balyan in Uttam Nagar area and seized liquor. Police indicated towards possibility of Balyan's involvement. Balyan is AAP's candidate from Uttam Nagar. Meanwhile, BJP Spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, said that people should understand AAP's game plan. Voting in Delhi will take place on February 7 and the results will be announced on February 10. Feb 4, 2015