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New Delhi/Lucknow, 11 Nov 2016 : Amid rumours of a salt shortage in different parts of Uttar Pradesh and the NCR region, the union government on Friday clarified that there is no such shortage.

“There is no shortage of salt. State governments have all powers to ensure its availability at reasonable price,” an official spokesperson said.
The clarification came after rumours were rife that the price of salt has gone up to Rs 400 per kg in Uttar Pradesh and up to Rs 250 per kg in the National Capital Region.

This led to a panic like situation in Noida, Laxmi Nagar, Chandni Chowk and some other places.

Rumours of no salt stocks in Uttar Pradesh led to panic buying in many parts of the state late on Friday.

Lucknow Senior Superintendent of Police Manjil Saini trashed reports on paucity of salt and dubbed it as “mischief” by some rumourmongers.

While it was yet to be determined how the rumour started, people flocked to grocery shops and retail outlets in large numbers to buy salt in large quantities. As the panic spread, several quintals of salt vanished from shop shelves.

In some areas salt was said to be selling, if available, anywhere between Rs 100-Rs 200 per kg.

Meanwhile, police was directed to increase patrolling as the rumour could result in a law and order situation, an official told IANS.

Lucknow Inspector General of Police A. Satish Ganesh asked all SSPs in the zone to start special patrolling in busy thoroughfares and markets to prevent untoward incidents.

A special team has been put on the trail of a message that went viral within minutes of appearing on social media sites, triggering panic

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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SAD breaks alliance with BJP Leaves NDA in protest against farmers ordinance

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Chandigarh, 26 Sep : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has severed its alliance with the BJP. The Akali Dal had a 22-year-old alliance with the BJP.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Akali Dal’s Kaur Committee which lasted for more than four hours today. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed the press after the meeting and announced that he would no longer be a part of BJP-NDA.

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