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India's eye-watering onion prices put extra pressure on Modi

Government bans exports and warns 'unscrupulous' merchants against hoarding

Onion prices more than doubled in recent weeks after floods damaged crops across the country. (Photo by Yuji Kuronuma)

NEW DELHI -- Onion, a crucial ingredient in Indian cuisine, is on everyone's lips these days.

Soaring prices of the vegetable -- which more than doubled in recent weeks after floods damaged crops in many parts of the country -- have alarmed both consumers and sellers.

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