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  • Cement companies sight swift demand recovery Aug 05, 2021 09:12 AM IST

    Cement companies sight swift demand recovery

    Contrary to fears, rural demand has recovered well after the second wave. Housing and infrastructure projects are expected to drive demand too. However, a severe third wave can pose a risk.

  • Rural India sinks deeper into debt as COVID-19 wipes out work Jul 06, 2021 11:26 AM IST

    Rural India sinks deeper into debt as COVID-19 wipes out work

    Asha Devi, 35, had to mortgage her land for a 20,000 rupee ($270) loan and six month on, as the money runs out, she has stopped buying milk, halved her use of cooking oil and can afford lentils only about once every 10 days.

  • Urban unemployment soars to 17.4%, but rural areas do better: CMIE May 25, 2021 05:06 PM IST

    Urban unemployment soars to 17.4%, but rural areas do better: CMIE

    Unemployment rate is rising towards the record levels seen after countrywide lockdowns last year, and experts say hospitality, real estate, construction, retail, SMEs and ancillary units are the worst hit

  • Middle, rural India driving 'strategic priorities' of FMCG companies: Nielsen Sep 26, 2020 03:30 PM IST

    Middle, rural India driving 'strategic priorities' of FMCG companies: Nielsen

    FMCG consumption was the hardest hit in bigger cities in India during the lockdown period, it said adding that the sector is seeing a cautious recovery in the country

  • Monsoon watch:  Early signs look positive Jun 15, 2020 11:19 AM IST

    Monsoon watch: Early signs look positive

    Rainfall and crop area under cultivation show positive early trends

  • Data consumption in rural areas jumped nearly 100% within a month: CSC CEO Apr 05, 2020 05:50 PM IST

    Data consumption in rural areas jumped nearly 100% within a month: CSC CEO

    CSC e-Governance Services India, which holds the licence for providing internet services, recorded an increase in data consumption to 4.7 terabytes (TB) as on March 30 from 2.7 TB on March 10.

  • Union Budget 2020: Lots of talk, but no major increase in allocation to agri sector Feb 01, 2020 07:04 PM IST

    Union Budget 2020: Lots of talk, but no major increase in allocation to agri sector

  • FMCG sector may continue to reel under pressure until Q3 FY21: CARE Ratings Jan 09, 2020 07:50 PM IST

    FMCG sector may continue to reel under pressure until Q3 FY21: CARE Ratings

    Rural India, which usually projects about 30 percent higher growth rates than that of urban, is currently displaying similar growth rates.

  • Smartphone sales buck slowdown on strong urban, rural demand Dec 30, 2019 10:50 AM IST

    Smartphone sales buck slowdown on strong urban, rural demand

    The growth in smartphone adoption was further fuelled by the government's push to position the country as a global hub for manufacturing and coax Apple and other leading brands to produce and export more phones from India.

  • Nestle insulated from slowdown due to lower exposure to rural segment, may increase prices selectively : CMD Narayanan Dec 18, 2019 10:31 PM IST

    Nestle insulated from slowdown due to lower exposure to rural segment, may increase prices selectively : CMD Narayanan

    Only 20 percent to 25 percent of Nestle's sales come from rural and the rest comes from urban markets.

  • FMCG hit: For the first time in 7 yrs, rural market grows slower than urban, says Nielsen report Oct 17, 2019 05:17 PM IST

    FMCG hit: For the first time in 7 yrs, rural market grows slower than urban, says Nielsen report

    The rural market grew at 5 percent in July-September (Q3) of 2019, which is one-fourth as compared to 20 percent growth in Q3 of 2018.

  • The base of India’s deepening rural water crisis Jul 29, 2019 11:51 AM IST

    The base of India’s deepening rural water crisis

    Erratic monsoon rains and skewed farm incentives have led to the growing groundwater crisis, impacting farm incomes and availability of drinking water

  • Govt wants to make 5G affordable, looking to sell airwaves for only Rs 6 lakh crore Jun 14, 2019 01:36 PM IST

    Govt wants to make 5G affordable, looking to sell airwaves for only Rs 6 lakh crore

    The government will auction around 8600 MHz of mobile airwaves which would include the spectrum for current telecom services and the upcoming 5G services. This plan was passed by the Digital Communication Commission(DCC) the highest decision-making body in telecom .

  • Budget 2019: MNREGA allocation up 9% to Rs 60,000 crore Feb 01, 2019 11:24 AM IST

    Budget 2019: MNREGA allocation up 9% to Rs 60,000 crore

    In last year's Budget, the Finance Ministry had allocated Rs 55,000 crore for employment guarantee scheme.

  • Editor's Take | Are loan waivers really the way to address farm distress? Dec 28, 2018 05:10 PM IST

    Editor's Take | Are loan waivers really the way to address farm distress?

    Uttaresh Venkateshwaran is in conversation with Ravi Krishnan, Deputy Executive Editor, Moneycontrol, to discuss the feasibility of income support schemes as an alternative to loan waivers.

  • AIIB to extend $ 140 mn loan to improve rural connectivity in Madhya Pradesh Apr 12, 2018 09:41 PM IST

    AIIB to extend $ 140 mn loan to improve rural connectivity in Madhya Pradesh

    "Approximately 1.5 million rural residents in Madhya Pradesh stand to directly benefit from improved livelihoods, education and mobility with the USD 140-million loan approved by the Board of Directors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank," said a statement issued by the AIIB.

  • Mahindra Mutual Fund seeks SEBI fund nod to launch Rural Bharat Yojana Jan 31, 2018 10:12 AM IST

    Mahindra Mutual Fund seeks SEBI fund nod to launch Rural Bharat Yojana

    The scheme also has the provision to deploy up to 20% in debt and money market instruments collaterised borrowing and lending obligation, reverse repo.

  • CLSS freebie: Properties under all development authorities, planning and rural areas to finally make the cut Jan 15, 2018 12:50 PM IST

    CLSS freebie: Properties under all development authorities, planning and rural areas to finally make the cut

    Coverage of PMAY enhanced to include properties in rural areas, industrial belts and rural pockets within SEZs

  • Odisha aims to complete 3,500 km of rural roads by March-end Jan 13, 2018 04:56 PM IST

    Odisha aims to complete 3,500 km of rural roads by March-end

    So far, the state has constructed 43,222 km road at an investment of Rs 18,624 crore under the central programme, connecting 19,682 villages, official sources said.

  • 50 lakh homes to be built in villages by March next year: Centre Nov 21, 2017 03:05 PM IST

    50 lakh homes to be built in villages by March next year: Centre

    Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) a target of to construct one crore new houses by March 31, 2019 was set. Of these, 51 lakh houses had to be completed by 31st March, 2018, the Rural Development Ministry said in an official statement.

  • PM Narendra Modi for outcome-based approach for rural development Oct 11, 2017 02:15 PM IST

    PM Narendra Modi for outcome-based approach for rural development

    At a gathering here to mark the birth centenary of reformist Nanaji Deshmukh and 115th birth anniversary of socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan, he said any scheme would be successful if it was implemented without diluting the spirit or diverting from the idea.

  • No other govt worked for rural Delhi like us: Arvind Kejriwal Aug 14, 2017 08:00 AM IST

    No other govt worked for rural Delhi like us: Arvind Kejriwal

    Addressing a rally at Bawana in north Delhi, he also listed out the measures initiated by his government in the last two-and-a-half years for the rural areas.

  • Rural demand to pick up in coming months: BofAML Aug 03, 2017 03:23 PM IST

    Rural demand to pick up in coming months: BofAML

    According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML), kharif farm income is expected to jump by 5.3 per cent atop the 2016 spike, on the back of good monsoon.

  • COMMENT: Here's why we should happily pay our ATM fees Mar 09, 2017 01:47 PM IST

    COMMENT: Here's why we should happily pay our ATM fees

    The minimum balance limit news clashed with that of private sector banks charging for withdrawals above four free transactions, thus triggering a debate in social media. ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank are charging a minimum of Rs 150 per transaction on deposits or withdrawal beyond the first four transactions.

  • Sundaram MF: Look for opportunities after March 11 Mar 09, 2017 12:50 PM IST

    Sundaram MF: Look for opportunities after March 11

    We have made consistently good money over the past whenever we have capitalised on events – be it Brexit, Trump election, demonetisation etc,

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