The hearings were beginning to pall. What had started as the trial of the media's biggest mogul was settling into the siesta of the patriarch: Rupert Murdoch seemed to be talking in his sleep, while James Murdoch fanned away the MPs' annoying questions, lest they disturb Dad.
Viewers longing for drama felt short-changed. None of the lawmakers had laid a glove on the media mogul. And then - splat! - the (slapstick) comedian Jonathan May-Bowles threw a "pie" of shaving foam at Murdoch Senior and unleashed the Tiger Wife.
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Anne Sinclair ... sprang to the defence of husband Dominique Strauss-Kahn when he was accused of rape. Photo: Reuters
By the time Rupert Murdoch's bodyguard had reached his master, the 42-year-old Wendi had landed a sensational right-hook on her opponent. She then gained her husband's side, and gently cleaned his face of foam. Within minutes, Deng was the toast of Twitter: hailed as a "smack-down sister" in her native China, and as a heroine and stunning show-stopper everywhere else.
Those who know Wendi well (and they include Tony Blair, Mark Zuckerman and Bono) won't have batted an eyelid at her jaw-dropping performance.
Cherie Blair ... under constant attack but let the criticisms bounce off her. Photo: Getty Images
Rupert Murdoch's third wife has form. A volleyball player from southern China doesn't climb to the top (Murdoch's personal fortune remains a healthy $340?million) without fierce determination. Other people on Wendi's ascent have already experienced her fury.
The first victim was Joyce Cherry, a pleasant American who, together with husband Jake, befriended Wendi during their trip to China. Impressed by the teenager's brilliance and thirst for self-improvement, Joyce and Jake sponsored Wendi's application for a student visa to America. Alas, 19-year-old Wendi soon bewitched Jake, who left poor old Joyce to marry their young protegee.
Victim number two was Jake himself: his usefulness came to an end a few months later when Wendi, now armed with the right papers, won a place to study business at Yale University. Days from graduation, Wendi had a job at the Murdoch-owned Star TV, where she quickly caught the Big Boss's eye. Hence the third corpse in the trail to marry Murdoch: Rupert's second wife, Anna.
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy ... wants to show the world that she looks out for her husband’s interests. Photo: Reuters
Within 17 days of his divorce, Wendi wed Rupert. If the Wendi house conceals a few skeletons, it also offers glimpses of her protective instincts. Conscious of the 38-year gap between them, Wendi has placed Rupert on a tough regime of 6am weightlifting, washed down by a fruit and soy protein cocktail. She wags her finger at his workaholic schedule and has hired a personal trainer to put him through his paces (even at the price of her husband turning up on front pages in baseball cap and tracksuit).
None of this marital nurturing distracts Wendi from pursuing her own agenda: she has just released a film, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, that aims to promote a more positive image of China. She enjoys a glittering social life, attending film premieres and art gallery openings. And she remains her husband's chief adviser on his business in China.
Yet Wendi the film producer, like Wendi the business consultant or Wendi the mother of Rupert's young daughters Chloe and Grace, has failed to fire our imagination. But Wendi Deng, invincible Tiger Wife, has transformed Rupert Murdoch's image around the globe - from dodderer in the dock to prized partner in his wife's life.
Melania Trump ... fearlessly vocal in her millionaire husband’s defence. Photo: AP
In a culture that mourns marriage as a moribund institution, one spouse leaping passionately to the other's defence fills us with admiration. Even the most hardened cynics couldn't help thinking, as the warrior in a pink blazer bounced into the ring: "Wow, she really believes in this union!" Wendi Deng's slap didn't just scotch rumours that hers was a sham marriage: a purely trophy wife would have winked at the assailant for giving the old man a heart-stopping scare. With a quick right hook, she jumped to the head of the queue of the defenders of matrimony. It is a short but colourful roll-call that stretches from Cherie Blair, to Anne Sinclair (aka Mme Strauss Khan), Melania Trump and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
From the moment she moved into No 10, Cherie Blair was under constant attack for her (supposed) greed, stinginess, and self-importance. She let the criticisms bounce off her like spring rain. But let anyone touch her Tony, and Mrs Blair roared. She hissed at the ungrateful electorate that did not deserve a paragon of virtue like her husband; she gnashed her teeth at the sleazy media that insinuated Tony was a disappointment. Her manner resembled the termagant's fury rather than the bride's solicitude, but no one could doubt Cherie's heartfelt loyalty. It won her few fans: among the cheats and cuckolds of Westminster, the sight of a prime minister's wife defending her husband was unusual; it also reassured voters that despite new Labour's destruction of cherished institutions from the House of Lords to foxhunting, marriage would remain intact.
Far more testing has been Anne Sinclair's lot. When her charismatic husband Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested on rape charges in New York, the French TV journalist sprang to his defence: "I do not believe for a single second the accusations levelled against my husband." She flew to stand by her man and stumped up the $1?million bail to move him from prison to a plush Manhattan apartment.
Such wifely devotion may yet save the former IMF chief's political career: his wife's total support, as much as the derailing of the case against him, may prove a great boost to DSK's credibility as a presidential candidate.
Her counterpart in the French presidential contest, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, also wants to show the world that she looks out for her husband's interests. The First Lady of France, pregnant but still displaying every sign of focus and competitiveness, has imposed a culture vulture's menu on her philistine hubby: he is to watch films by Alfred Hitchcock, as well as Russia's Andrei Tarkovsky; and read the French classics, from Balzac to Hugo. Driving this self-improvement, say insiders at the Elysee Palace, is Carla's ambition: she wants her man to be re-elected, and fears his present lowbrow image won't do.
Nor should we forget Melania Trump, fearlessly vocal in her millionaire husband's defence: Donald Trump is "brilliant", everyone is envious of his success, and America should be so lucky to have him as their Republican Party candidate. But Mrs T also gives us a revealing insight into their marriage when she confides that she has two children: "I have a big boy, Donald, and a little boy, Barron. I take care of both very well." Tiger Wife often needs to play Tiger Mother, it would seem.
The Tiger Wives' Club is small but perfectly informed: these women know that their husbands need their commitment and support. In her eagerness to make her man shine, the Tiger Wife will disarm any assailant. She knows that her spouse is less than he seems; and she, in fact, is rather more. She's plucky; he's lucky.
Large quantities of onion are exported from Gujarat in the form of raw onion nd value added dehydrated onion for which a number of units exist in the state
Opportunity for value addition
Required for improvement of varieties suitable for processing (higher solid content),better storage facilities, modern energy efficient dehydration units, and irradiation center for preventing spoilage. There is potential for making high value added products like micro-encapsulated onion power.
Major Growing Districts
Junagadh, Rajkot & Jamnagar
a good export market in the form of dehydrated flakes and powder
Opportunity for value addition
There is potential for setting up units for manufacturing value added products like micro-encapsulated garlic.
The Agricultural Market Committee, Unjha is established on Dt. :- 23-10-54 ( 1954-55 ) under the Bombay Agricultural Produce Act -1939 ( Bombay XXII ) for the better regulation of purchase and sale of Agricultural Commodities in Market area.
There are 26 villages of Unjha Taluka in the market area of this Committee and Unjha is declared as principal Market Yard in the Market area. Arrivals of Agricultural Commodities in Unjha Market Yard is from 300 KM radius i.e. Mehsana Dist., Sabarkantha Dist., Banaskantha Dist., Saurashtra, Kutch and Rajasthan in the Market area to extend sale and purchase facilities.
The Object of Market Act. Is to regulate the Market for protecting Agriculturist sellers by cash and kind to establish modern Market Yard with required facilities for producers and traders.
CONSTITUTION OF MARKET COMMITTEE :-
The Market Committee is constituted of 17 members, i.e. 8 ( Eight ) Agriculturists, 2 (TWO) Member from Co. Op. Sale Society, 4 ( Four ) Traders, 1 (One ) Local authority and 2 ( Two ) Government nominees. These 17 Members elect one of them as Chairman and a Vice Chairman every two years, State Government nominates the first Committee and there after it comes through election at every four years.
The Committee appoints Secretary and necessary staff under the approval of the director of Agricultural Marketing & Rural finance, Gujarat State , Gandhinagar, who is the executive Authority of the Act.
IMPORTANCE OF UNJHA MARKET :-
Unjha Market Yard is one of the biggest regulated Market and it is well known commercial centre throughout India for its trade of Jeera ( Cumin ) , Variali ( fennel ), and Isabgol and Raido ( Mustard Seeds ) crops of jeera, Variali, and Isabgol is only possible in Gujarat , Rajasthan and some areas in iron. The crop of jeera particularly of North Gujarat is superior in quality and hence there is great demand from all over India and foreign countries also.
Unjha is natural assembling and exporting centre for Agricultural Commodities of North Gujarat. There are 800 big business firms in this town which export Jeera, Variali, Oil Seeds, Pulses and Isabgul to nearly 1500 centres of India & foreign countries every year.
This market is also important for crushing and grinding of oilseeds, pulses, isabgul coriander seeds and kalingada-bij etc. There are 6 oil mills, 5 Pulse mills, 4 Sat Issabgul factories, 27 cleaning factories for Jeera, Variali and other spices, 6 Kalingada-bij factories & 5 Coriander seeds factories in Unjha.
Thus Unjha is natural assembling and exporting centre of Agricultural Commodities
FACILITIES OF THE MARKET :-
Unjha Market is situated on the main line of the Western Railway Ahmedabad- Delhi state Highway is also passing through the outskirts of this town. There is a Post office telegraphs and telephones services, 17 Banks and sub treasury, State warehouse. Thus Unjha Market has all the modern facilities of transports Communication, Banking and Storage etc. for the trade.
PROGRESS IN THE REGULATION OF THE MARKET :-
Before the application of the Act Unjha Market was unregulated and it was running on own accord of traders. Facilities of open auction ( Sale ) standard weightment, cash payment protection from malpractice ' s and amenities were not provided to agrits sellers by any way.
After the application of the Act. The Market Committee has introduced the following main features of regulation.
Method of Sale :-
The Agricultural Commodities brought for the sale in the Market Yard are arranged in open heaps in the plots allotted to general commission agent and heaps are sold through open auction conducted by the paid auctioneers of the Committee. The details of the sale is noted by auction clerks on the same time. This detail is useful for the solution of disputes.
Sieving & Delivery :-
After auction all the produce is sieved for minimizing adulteration and for improving Agricultural Commodities. According to the serial order of the delivery of the produce is taken in the Market Yard on the place of auction by standard weights and in standardized on the spot i.e. real weight is given.
Cash Payment :-
After taking the delivery of the produce a cash memo is prepared by the general commission agent or purchaser and one copy of memo is given to the seller with cash payment another to Market Committee and copy is kept for his own record. Thus cash payment is introduced in all the work of sales delivery & payment is finished on the same day of arrivals & the commission agent prepares a sale slip in triplicate, one copy given to purchaser, one given to Market Committee with Market fees and one for his own record and recover the value of sale from the purchaser next day with Market fee.
Market Charges :-
The old practices of Market charges in cash and kind have been abolished and the Market Committee has fixed prescribed new Market charges for the purchasers and sellers not from the farmers.
DISSEMINATION OF PRICES :-
Daily prices and arrivals of the Market is published on notice board and broadcasted on Radio amplifier in the Market Yard at a time and also published in all the leading news papers of Gujarat & the prices of important Commodities are daily broadcasted from All India Radio, Baroda centre.
SITE OF UNJHA MARKET YARD AND SUB-YARD :-
The present site of Unjha Market Yard is between Unjha town and railway station with an area of acres 36.37 G. having all necessary facilities. Due to heavy arrivals of regulated Commodities at Unjha Market Yard, Market Committee, Unjha has purchased acres 45.15G. of the land at Unava Village ( 5 kms. Away from Unjha on highway ) for sub-market Yard and has prepared a layout plan with all necessary modern facilities 416 Office-Cum-Godowns estimated at a cost Rs. 5 crores . 33 Vegetables shops, 2 rural godowns facility in sub yards Unava.
As per Government of Gujarat Agriculture co-operation and Gram development section, Gandhinagar vide their order serial No. G.H.K.H-9 / 97 / APMC / 1197 / 1076 / G-26 Dated 31/01/97 , the APMC, Unjha and APMC, Unava has been separated and given its own identity.
AARIVALS OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE IN MARKET :-
The arrivals of regulated Agricultural Commodities in Unjha Market Yard is increasing every year due to better facilities of purchase & sale in Unjha Market Yard. Farmers of Gujarat and Rajasthan are coming to Unjha Market Yard to sale their Jeera, variali, Issabgul,etc. The year wise arrivals of Agricultural Commodities are given as under :-
Sake Valuvation Price (Rs)
1/10/03 to 31/03/04
FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE MARKET COMMITTEE :-
The sources of income of the Market Committee is licensee fees from purchasers. The figures of yearly expenditure and surplus are as under :-
1/10/03 to 31/03/04
NO. OF LICENSEE, LICENSEE FEES AND MARKET FEES :-
The no. of licensee, licensee fees and market fees are as under :-
No. of Licensee
Licensee Fees Rs.
Market Fees Rs.
1/10/03 to 31/3/04
The Permanent fund as on Dt. 31-03-04 is Rs. 25,50,79,315-00 Paise.
DEVELOPMENT OF MARKET YARD AND AMENITIES PROVIDED :-
To create modern Market on the present site of Acres 36.37 G. at Unjha the Market Committee has allotted (1) 176 plots each of 105 ' x 18 ' for Office – Cum- Godowns. (2) 52 plots of Godowns each of 65 ' x 16 ' (3) Plus 54 plots for office- Cum – Godowns each of different size for the licensed traders to construct Office-Cum-Godowns at their own cost. Moreover Market Committee has constructed 133 Office- Cum- Godowns at the cost of Rs. 75 Lakhs have been given to licensed traders at the reasonable rent. This way the plot of Office-Cum-Godowns given to the traders are helpful in solving problem of storage of Agricultural Commodities and avoid compulsory sale of Agricultural Commodities. It solves many problems of Marketing and Market Committee can control effectively.
QUALITY TESTING LABORATORY AT APMC, UNJHA :-
In the APMC General Body meeting held on 18-08-1999 , a resolution No. 1 was passed unanimously to provide building, furniture and staff for setting up of a laboratory in the APMC Yard , Unjha. Finally, a MOU has been signed on 01-02-2000 between the APMC, Unjha and the Spices Board, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. Accordingly, the Spices Board will purchase and provide equipments with an approximate total cost of Rs. 7.25 lakhs for setting up of the Quality Testing Laboratory.
A Chemist has been appointed and he has sent to Cochin for one week ' s Training programme in the sophisticated laboratory of Spices Board, Cochin . Most of the work of the laboratory is over and it will start functioning soon for the benefit of the farming / trading communities.
Thus Unjha Market Yard is progressing towards ideal and perfect Market with all the amenities and requirements of the Agricultural Marketing. This way the Unjha Market Yard and Unjha town are well developed in last 35 years. With all required facilities for the purchasers & sellers associated a Agricultural Commodities will be definitely provide tremendous boost to Agricultural Marketing.