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12 students fall ill after mid-day meal in Bihar

Jul 05, 2014 at 21:45 | Source: FirstPost

Patna, July 5 (IANS) At least 12 children fell ill Saturday after having their mid-day meal at a government school in Bihar's Sitamarhi district, officials said.All the children were admitted to a government-run primary health centre and are said to ...

Monsoon revives after weakest start in five years

Jul 03, 2014 at 21:12 | Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Monsoon rains revived in the key planting month after recording the weakest first month of the June-September monsoon season in five years, weather officials said on Thursday. A late surge in the monsoon rains has come as a relief to farme...

Monsoon rains revive in some parts in deficient year

Jul 03, 2014 at 07:52 | Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Monsoon rains have revived in central and northern parts of India known for soybean and sugarcane cultivation, a government official said on Wednesday, but warned the country is still expected to have below-average monsoon this year. Rainf...

Farmers await rains after slow start to monsoon

Jul 03, 2014 at 01:15 | Source: FirstPost

LASALGAON India (Reuters) - Pramod Patil's 40-acre field in Lasalgaon usually turns green around now with germinated soybean and corn seeds, but this year he has yet to begin planting because of scanty monsoon rains in Maharashtra.Like 27-year old Pa...

47 militants killed after airstrikes in Pakistan's tribal region

Jun 25, 2014 at 07:30 | Source: FirstPost

Islamabad: At least 47 militants were killed on Tuesday in air strikes in Pakistan's tribal districts in the troubled northwest, a military spokesman said.It was one the deadliest days for militants since launch of operation Zarb-e-Azb on 15 June.Maj...

ISIS militants attack Iraq's largest oil refinery, north of Baghdad

Jun 18, 2014 at 13:26 | Source: FirstPost

Baghdad: A top security official in Iraq says Islamic militants are attacking the country's largest oil refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad. The official said fighters of the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq...

India's May palm oil imports up 22 per cent m/m: Trade body

Jun 17, 2014 at 00:22 | Source: Economic Times

NEW DELH: India's palm oil imports rose 22 per cent to 654,255 tonnes in May from a month ago, a trade body said on Monday, as buyers stocked up ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when demand for the tropical oil typically peaks. Higher purch...

Agri-commodities prices drop, food inflation may cool off too

Jun 06, 2014 at 14:07 | Source: Economic Times

KOLKATA: Food prices are on the decline as vegetables, pulses, sugar and cooking oils have become cheaper by up to 10 per cent in the past month, bringing relief to consumers and policy makers who have battled relentless food inflation for years. Pri...

New govt to avoid palm oil duty hike: Sources

Jun 05, 2014 at 12:47 | Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI/KUALA LUMPUR: The new government will not raise duties on palm oil in the short-term, despite demands by domestic oilseed processors to cut cheap imports from the world's top producer Indonesia, official sources said on Wednesday. India is...

Australia's Goodman Fielder snubs $1.2bn takeover offer

Apr 28, 2014 at 14:42 | Source: BBC

Australian food company Goodman Fielder has turned down a $1.2bn (£700m) joint takeover offer, from Singapore's Wilmar and Hong Kong's First Pacific. The Asian firms have offered 65 Australian cents a share, compared with Friday's clo...

Wilmar's $1.2 Billion Offer Rejected by Goodman Fielder (2)

Apr 28, 2014 at 08:01 | Source: Business Week

Bottles of Goodman Fielder Ltd.'s Crisco brand cooking oil. Wilmar said in 2012 that Goodman Fielder's baking, dairy and oils brands would fit with its consumer business in Asia. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg. Goodman Fielder...

South Asia monsoon seen below-average to average in 2014: Report

Apr 23, 2014 at 22:11 | Source: Economic Times

PUNE: India and its South Asian neighbours are expected to see below-average to average rains this year if the El Nino weather pattern gains strength during the four-month monsoon season, a forum of weather experts said on Wednesday. Poor monsoons co...

FMC mulls centre-specific commodity forward trades

Apr 17, 2014 at 04:11 | Source: Economic Times

MUMBAI: The Forward Markets Commission (FMC) is considering permitting bourses to offer centre-specific, short-term forward trades in highly traded farm products as the regulator aims to increase delivery in the Rs 101- lakh crore commodity futures ...

February palm oil imports sink to almost 3-year low

Mar 14, 2014 at 15:10 | Source: Economic Times

EW DELHI: Palm oil imports in February plunged to the lowest in nearly three years, data from the Solvent Extractors' Association (SEA) showed, as higher prices and hopes local supplies of rival rapeseed oil would improve kept buyers away. The secon...

Venezuela says death toll from protests rises to 28

Mar 14, 2014 at 06:15 | Source: FirstPost

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's state prosecutor said on Thursday the death toll from a month of violent protests had risen to 28, after the nation's top court ordered opposition mayors to dismantle barricades set up by street protesters.State prosec...

Consumption de-growth

Feb 14, 2014 at 05:07 | Source: The Hindu BusinessLine

That the ongoing economic slowdown has its roots in a collapse of investments is well established now. The best indicator of this is production of capital goods, which has registered a negative year-on-year growth in 23 of the 30 months between July ...

Venezuela announces changes to foreign currency system

Jan 23, 2014 at 15:27 | Source: BBC

Venezuela has announced measures to address its foreign currency crisis and boost the economy. Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez says Venezuelans travelling abroad will no longer be allowed to obtain foreign exchange at the official rate of 6.3 bolivars pe...

Kareena Kapoor will add new energy to the brand: QMobile

Dec 31, 2013 at 13:17 | Source: Economic Times

ISLAMABAD: After signing up Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor, Pakistan's largest selling mobile phone brand says she will add "new energy" and help further consolidate its position. The 33-year-old actress has been signed up by QMobile and will star...

FMCG Sector: Surviving on rural demand

Dec 30, 2013 at 22:37 | Source: The Hindu BusinessLine

FMCG companies were largely dependent on rural demand to garner volumes in 2013 when sales of discretionary items were affected in a slowing market. The industry, which grew in high double digits until 2012, was grappling with the slowdown in the pa...

China struggles against opposition to genetic foods

Dec 20, 2013 at 08:22 | Source: Market Watch

BEIJING ( Caixin Online ) — In July, 61 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering submitted a petition to the country’s leaders asking that they begin promoting industrial cultivation of genetically modifi...

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