Armed guards for tomatoes in India as prices rise

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Guard in front of tomatoes 

The price of tomatoes has risen so much in India that armed guards have been deployed to protect shipments of them in one state.

The Hindustan Times on Sunday cited a wholesaler at a market in the city of Indore, in Madhya Pradesh state, saying that the security of tomatoes was of “considerable concern” because of their “skyrocketing” prices.

The wholesaler said the administrators of the Devi Ahilya Bai Holker market had appointed half a dozen armed guards to keep the tomatoes safe – particularly when they are being unloaded from trucks.

There have been reports elsewhere in the country this month of thieves making off with tonnes of tomatoes worth thousands of rupees.

The restaurant where you’re greeted with a gun – and shots of vodka

In the Ukraine, naturally.

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine rumbles on, hundreds of miles away in the west of the country, a restaurant is using past and present wars to attract diners.

It was a stern-faced Ukrainian soldier who asked my Russian colleague Dina whether she was a “moskal”- a bad Russian, who wants to kill Ukrainians – or a “rossiyanka” – a friendly neighbour, with good intentions.

He stood in an old-fashioned green uniform, a machine gun at the ready, waiting for her answer.

Luckily, it was the right one. “I’m a rossiyanka, of course,” she said.

This triggered a smile, a shout of “Glory to Ukraine” and earned Dina both a shot of honey vodka and entry to a partisan-themed restaurant.