IF you are expecting supply of dal, rice and edible oil through a friendly neighbourhood ration shop from May 1, as assured by the State Government earlier, you better forget it. The government will not be able to meet the pre-announced date for supply of essential commodities through the public distribution system as the tender worth Rs 600 crore to replenish the stocks has been scrapped following allegations of irregularities and favouritism.

Noted social crusader Anna Hazare who called on Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Monday does not seem convinced by the latter's assurance and hence has threatened to go on fast unless his demands are accepted in totality. He has trained his guns on Food & Civil Supplies Minister Sunil Tatkare for alleged corruption in the Public Distribution System (PDS) including kerosene distribution. Hazare, in his comment on the three-year rule of the Democratic Front government led by Deshmukh, said they are working on the principle of

State BJP is organising a farmer's rally in Bhandara district of Eastern Vidharbha on May 3 to highlight the problems of paddy growers in the area. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, state BJP chief Nitin Gadkari said that senior BJP leader L K Advani will be addressing this rally in Bhandara's Sakoli area. Advani, along with party General Secretary Gopinath Munde, other parties MP and legislators will address the paddy growers' rally to resolve their various issues.

Mangoes will taste bitter this season as excessive rainfall and shortage of supply hikes prices The king of fruits may be in town, but it is coming with a big price tag this season. Untimely heavy rainfall in Konkan region has resulted in massive damage to crops and a severe shortage of supply. According to figures available at retailers and wholesalers, the supply of mangoes, especially those of the alphonso variety, is upto 50 per cent less this year compared to last year.

Alas! Some respite for parents from scratching their heads, as no more they have to think about the places where they can take their children to play in the city. With a new garden project initiated by Raj Shroff, this park will surely be one of the best hangouts for the kids. Unlike the existing parks, this park has separate sections for kids belonging to different age groups. It includes zone for toddlers, for kids and so on. Also, not forgetting the special ones, this park will also have special games for the handicapped children.

An estimated 1,800 hospitals in Maharashtra have not yet applied to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) for authorisation to dispose off bio medical waste (BMW). Efforts have been initiated to know about the methods used to dispose off such waste as it can lead to a pollution problem of severe magnitude and endanger lives.

The world's food security structure seems to be crumbling and could give way to a serious crisis if not tackled on a war footing. Of course many factors -rising population, increasing demand for food in faster developing nations like India and China, drought conditions in many parts of world, expanding acreage for cash crops and finally diversion of farmlands to grow corn in America, Latin America and Europe for producing ethanol are responsible for depleting food stocks. But mainly it the sheer greed of oil producing countries that has driven the food prices to new unaffordable heights.

The STATE Legislative Assembly on Tuesday witnessed uproarious scenes on the issue of farm loan with the opposition members shouting slogans against the government and demanding more loan waiver for the farmers. The issue of total loan waiver was raised by the Leader of Opposition Ramdas Kadam through an adjournment motion who said that Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had given a statement saying that more waiver for farmers is not possible. Kadam said in that case the state government should take initiative and come out with a scheme to help the debt-ridden farmers.

Delhi-based Vidhi Khandelwal, an eight-year-old girl, has been skating 3,000 kms to spread the message "Prevent Female Foeticide". This amazing girl, a test-tube baby, started her marathon from Delhi's India Gate and has so far travelled across four states: Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

ASSERTING that every child has the right to education and that the parents failing to send their wards to schools should be sent to jail, School Education Minister Vasant Purke said the state government would enact a legislation on 'right to education' and introduce sex education from standard ninth from the ensuing academic year.