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Take pro-poor stand & promote GM crops to provide food security to growing population: ASSOCHAM plea to Centre

Aug 23, 2014 at 00:52 | Source: Assocham

Apex industry body ASSOCHAM today urged the Central Government to continue allowing research in crop biotechnology (BT) and simultaneously identify areas to develop a more strong regulatory system for India to become global food hub. There is a need...

RBI planning to introduce plastic currency notes next year

Aug 22, 2014 at 15:57 | Source: Economic Times

MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is planning to introduce plastic currency notes next year on a pilot basis and improve security features to defeat the efforts of counterfeiters. It also aims to set up a national bill payments system that coul...

Assocham for field trials in GM crops, says will help increase production

Aug 22, 2014 at 15:55 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: Industry body Assocham has pitched for allowing field trials in biotechnology (BT) crops, terming it as a 'pro-poor' step that will help in raising food production to feed the country's rising population.On 18 July, the Genetic Engineering...

Lapse in monsoon leaves India's grain bowls high and dry; may impact food output, prices

Aug 21, 2014 at 09:37 | Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI: The monsoon has almost vanished from the grain bowls of northern, western and central India, where some regions received no rainfall in recent days while many got barely 2-10% of normal, reviving risk to farm output and prices. Rainfall ha...

Jain Irrigation targets east

Aug 18, 2014 at 04:52 | Source: Calcutta Telegraph News

Mumbai, Aug. 17: Jain Irrigation Systems is looking to grow at 20 per cent annually, benefiting one million farmers every year over the next five years. The company is upbeat on account of its expansion efforts and new crops that will be adopted ove...

Export growth slows in July

Aug 15, 2014 at 03:47 | Source: Calcutta Telegraph News

New Delhi, Aug. 14: Exports grew 7.33 per cent to $27.72 billion in July, after registering a double-digit growth for two consecutive months. Imports rose 4.25 per cent to $39.95 billion. Trade deficit narrowed down to $12.22 billion in July from $1...

VSF halved Grasim's fortunes compared to Ultratech

Aug 14, 2014 at 13:12 | Source: Economic Times

Ever wondered a parent company trading at half the value of its subsidiary? Grasim Industries, which holds over 60 per cent in Ultra-Tech Cement, is. Its market capitalisation of Rs30,280 crore is less than half of the cement major's market capitalis...

Yudh week 4: Big B tries to kill his clown, Yudh's wife is shot, still no Nawazuddin

Aug 08, 2014 at 16:12 | Source: FirstPost

Genius, they say, lies in the details. So this week, while watching Yudh, I decided to look not just at the big picture, but also the nitty gritty that may have escaped casual viewers.So Yudhs current wife is lying under a thick duvet, sulking. When ...

Congress tries to corner government on GM crops issue

Aug 08, 2014 at 15:45 | Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Government today asked members in Rajya Sabha to wait for the Supreme Court decision on GM crops as Congress tried to corner it on the issue during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha citing objections from RSS and BMS. "The question is not abou...

Cotton cultivation likely to cover more acreage this year

Aug 07, 2014 at 02:07 | Source: Economic Times

PUNE: India may end up with a higher cotton cultivation area this year than last as farmers from top cotton-growing states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh have already covered the normal area, with sowing operations on in many places....

GM crops: Prakash Javadekar emphasises on proper caution

Aug 07, 2014 at 02:07 | Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Amid a row over field trials of GM crops in the country, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar today emphasised on "proper caution" but said "nobody can say no to science". "Yesterday, somebody asked me about the field trials of GM ...

Low prices, erratic monsoon boost India's cotton imports

Aug 07, 2014 at 02:07 | Source: Economic Times

MUMBAI: A sharp drop in cotton prices overseas and a weak monsoon have raised India's imports in recent weeks, which could lift shipments more than 25 percent above the official forecast for this season ending September and help support cotton futur...

Book extract: Read the beginning of James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi's Private India

Aug 06, 2014 at 17:28 | Source: FirstPost

Fourteen minutes per room was all she had.Whether it was tidy or left smeared with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and telltale buttmarks on the recliner, fourteen minutes was what she had to clean each room. Start in the bathroom, change the towels,...

Mamata to handpick designs for special range of sarees to be launched before Durga Puja

Aug 05, 2014 at 16:11 | Source: FirstPost

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will handpick designs for a special range of sarees to be launched before Durga Puja, a minister said Tuesday.Minister of State for Micro and Small Scale Enterprises and Textiles Swapan Debnath said...

Flooding imminent due to lakes formed by earthquake in China

Aug 05, 2014 at 09:46 | Source: FirstPost

Kunming: Rescuers raced Tuesday to evacuate villages near rising lakes formed by landslides, complicating relief efforts following a strong earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and has left thousands homeless.Rescue teams have...

India should follow Gujarat model in farming: Economist

Aug 05, 2014 at 05:02 | Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI: India should follow the Gujarat model on agriculture to achieve food security, says noted farm sector economist Ashok Gulati, adding this state alone has managed to log three times the nation's growth in this crucial sector. "Gujarat has s...

Yarn exports dip 20% on lower Chinese demand

Aug 05, 2014 at 05:02 | Source: Economic Times

KOLKATA: Yarn exports from the country has fallen about 20% year-on-year in the first quarter ended June, largely due to falling demand from China, but spinners believe it's a temporary issue and shipment will improve September onwards. "China has re...

World Trade Organisation bigwigs blocking bid for a balanced deal

Aug 02, 2014 at 13:12 | Source: Economic Times

By Biswajit Dhar, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University Just when it had appeared that the World Trade Organization (WTO) was getting rid of a label put by its former Director General that the organization is incapable of taking decisions, this old ...

Pakistan widows, "second" wives flee fighting but are denied aid

Aug 02, 2014 at 04:30 | Source: FirstPost

BANNU Pakistan (Reuters) - Thousands of women displaced by fighting in Pakistan are struggling to get food and other aid because they lack identity cards and conservative Muslim elders have forbidden them from going to distribution centres. The women...

Want to become a BJP MP's PA? The RSS will teach you how

Aug 01, 2014 at 09:23 | Source: FirstPost

What are the necessary qualities for an ideal secretary to an MP, especially when that MP belongs to the BJP party?Well, a new course by a RSS-linked organisation called Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP) is hoping toteach PA and personal secretaries ex...

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