The King is Gone: Blues Legend BB King dies at 89
May 15, 2015 at 16:29 | Source:
Las Vegas: B.B. King believed anyone could play the blues, and that "as long as people have problems, the blues can never die."But no one could play the blues like B.B. King, who died Thursday night at age 89 in Las Vegas, where he had been...
Foodgrain output to fall by 5% to 251 MT in 2014-15
May 13, 2015 at 20:18 | Source:
New Delhi: India's foodgrains production is estimated to have declined by 5.25 percent to 251.12 million tonnes in 2014-15 crop year due to poor monsoon and unseasonal rain in past two months.The country had registered a record foodgrain production o...
El Nino threat looms over Asia, India braces for poor monsoon, bad harvest
May 12, 2015 at 14:59 | Source:
Sydney: In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia. Food prices surged. A closely watched forecast by Japan on Tuesday confirmed its return this year.A str...
Monsoon may hit Kerala on 1 June; govt gearing up to deal with weak rains
May 11, 2015 at 08:50 | Source:
New Delhi - Monsoon is expected to arrive on time this year, hitting Kerala on June 1, but rainfall may remain below normal, prompting the government to put in place a contingency plan and push crop insurance for farmers.The contingency plan would co...
Rahul Gandhi's 'cures' for farm distress may be no better than snake oil
Apr 29, 2015 at 21:28 | Source:
Rahul Gandhi, who boarded a train to Punjab to see how its farmers are faring, has clearly decided that the issue of farm distress will be his route to political relevance in the Modi era. After his suit-boot ki Sarkar jibe, which pitted poor farmers...
Maharashtra govt bans sale and use of 'manja' kite strings
Apr 23, 2015 at 21:37 | Source:
Nashik: The Maharashtra government has issued a circular banning the sale and use of sharp kite strings called 'manja' which injure and kill birds as well as people.The circular under Section 5 of Environment (Protection) Act 1986 was issued after a ...
Kisaan Virodhi, PM Modi? Land Bill may be political suicide for government
Apr 22, 2015 at 18:23 | Source:
(The story was first published on 23 March 2015)There are millions of taxi drivers in India's major metros who come from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and they invariably visit their families in the rural belt during sowing or harvest season. A constant st...
Kisaan rally: Rahul cuts pause, tempers aggression and comes a winner
Apr 19, 2015 at 17:13 | Source:
New Delhi: The verdict: Rahul Gandhi is a much more confident leader now.The grouse: Why didnt he stand this firm earlier?The expectation: He will make our fight his own.The vice president of the Congress Rahul Gandhi has emerged with many pluses in ...