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Farmers hold protest march, 'table two Bills' at mock Parliament session in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Thousands of farmers from across the country held a protest march here on Monday and also began a two-day 'Kisan Mukti Sansad' or a mock Parliament session where two Bills were tabled, on crop loans waiver and remunerative prices for farm produce, to highlight government apathy towards the farming community. These Bills now will be passed on Tuesday as the debate...

12 hours ago
Farmers hold protest march, mock Parliament session in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Thousands of farmers from across the country held a protest march here on Monday and organised a 'Kisan Mukti Sansad' or mock Parliament session to present two bills on crop loans waiver and remunerative prices for farm produce. The protest march organised by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) -- an umbrella body of 184 farmers organisa...

19 hours ago
Unutilised forest wealth generates huge revenue for Rajasthan's tribals

Udaipur, Nov 20 (IANS) Farming has rarely been a viable proposition in Rajasthan's dry and hilly Udaipur region. A new way has now been found to provide sustainable sustenance for the area's tribals by enabling them to sell -- for a staggering Rs 189 crore ($29 million) in the last two years -- minor forest produce (MFP) that is abundant in the area and has remained unutilised for almost nine dec...

1 day ago
Ease of business? GM research firms look abroad as tighter norms threaten at home

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) While India has climbed 30 rungs in the World Bank's ease-of-doing-business ladder and Moody's has raised the country's credit rating because of its reform push, for the agri-biotechnology industry the degree of difficulty has increased to such an extent that even home-bred companies are either relocating or expanding their research presence abroad. We have incre...

2 days ago
Don't foresee immediate changes to GST rates: Adhia

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia on Saturday said the recent reduction in GST rates on mass consumer goods items has resolved nearly 90 per cent of problems and discontentment related to the indirect tax regime. According to Adhia, he does not foresees any immediate rate revisions after the latest changes which were incorporated after the last GST Council meet.

2 days ago
Hundreds of students join organic rice harvesting in Bihar

Patna, Nov 18 (IANS) It was a celebration with a difference on Saturday when hundreds of students and teachers from 22 schools began harvesting of organic rice at Tarumitra (friends of trees) farm in the capital of Bihar. With traditional sickles in their hands, students assisted by their teachers spent hours at the organic farm and harvested organic rice like millions of farmers across ...

2 days ago
Infosys to configure GST network for filing returns

Bengaluru, Nov 18 (IANS) Software vendor Infosys would configure the editing facility in the GST Network by November 20 to enable traders to file their three-page summary return (3B), said the GST Group of Ministers (GoM) Chairman Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday. Over 2 lakh tax payers were unable to file their summary returns (3B) in August and September due to the non-provision of the ed...

2 days ago
Fresh outbreak of bird flu detected in South Korea

Seoul, Nov 18 (IANS) South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Saturday said it had detected a fresh outbreak of bird flu at a farm in the country's south and ordered the culling of 12,300 fowls as a preventive measure. South Korean authorities said they were carrying out epidemiological investigations in the affected farms, situated some 300 km southwest of Seoul,...

2 days ago
Nearly 200 nations pledge to review plans to limit emissions

Bonn, Nov 18 (IANS) Amidst the shadow of the US decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, nearly 200 nations on Saturday pledged to launch a process next year to start reviewing existing plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Stepping up climate risk insurance, Germany pledged additional $125 million to support provision of insurance to 400 more million poor and vulne...

3 days ago
Andhra seeks Gates' help in agriculture, health

Visakhapatnam, Nov 17 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh has sought the cooperation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in areas of agriculture, nutrition, health and sanitation. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu made the request during a meeting with Microsoft founder and Co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates. During the meeting, Naidu briefed him about the various...

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Bill Gates recalls first meeting with Naidu 20 years ago

Visakhapatnam, Nov 17 (IANS) Microsoft Founder Bill Gates on Friday said he was really excited at meeting Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for the first time over 20 years ago. Addressing the valedictory of the three-day AP AgTech Summit 2017, the Co-Chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recalled his meeting with Naidu who was then Chief Minister of undivided Andhr...

3 days ago
Bihar announces reservation in farmer co-op body elections

Patna, Nov 17 (IANS) Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday announced reservation in elections to the more than 500 Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS) of farmers in rural areas of the state. The reservation was necessary to provide an opportunity to the weaker sections to ensure their representation on the cooperative bodies, he said at a function here. ...

3 days ago
Run agriculture like business to transform economy: Bill Gates

Visakhapatnam, Nov 17 (IANS) Microsoft Co-founder and Co-Chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, on Friday called for running the agriculture sector like business, saying this will be a key element in the recipe for India's economic transformation. He underlined the need for a shift in agriculture from the one based merely on subsistence to the one that runs like a busine...

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India, Eurasian Economic Union for early start to FTA talks

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) India has had talks with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) on starting negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), the Indian Commerce Ministry said on Friday. The discussions took place earlier this week between Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, who is on a official visit to Russia, and Veronika Nikishina, the Minister for Trade of the Eurasian Econo...

3 days ago
Malnourishment rising in sub-Saharan Africa: UN

Abidjan, Nov 17 (IANS/AKI) The number of people suffering from chronic undernourishment in sub-Saharan Africa has climbed, mainly due to the impact of conflict and climate change, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAP) said. The number of undernourished people rose from 200 to 224 million, accounting for 25 percent of the 815 million people undernourished in the world in 2016, sa...

3 days ago
In a first, Ericsson demonstrates 5G technology live in India

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Aiming to bring the latest innovations and creating a 5G ecosystem in India, global communications technology leader Ericsson on Friday showcased the first-ever live 5G end-to-end demonstration in the country. The demonstration using Ericsson's 5G test bed and 5G New Radio (NR) delivered a throughput of 5.7 Gbps and ultra-low latency of 3 millisecond. Acc...

4 days ago
Telangana bags best performing state award

Hyderabad, Nov 16 (IANS) Telangana has bagged the best performing large state award in economy category as well as the cleanliness and environment category at the annual 'India Today' State of the States rankings this year. The awards were received on behalf of the state by the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K.T.Rama Rao and Backwrd Classes Welfare Minister Jogu ...

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Singh seeks Bill Gates' help in developing model villages

New Delhi, Nov 16 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday met Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation, and requested him to initiate health awareness programmes in India and suggested that his foundation should also concentrate on developing model villages. Welcoming Gates, Singh also appreciated the various welfare works being undertaken by the Bil...

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MoU inked to develop plastic, textile park in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Nov 16 (IANS) The Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) on Thursday signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to set up a plastic park and textile park in Odisha. The MoUs were signed at the Petrochemical Investors Conclave, the first-of-its-kind to attract investments to eastern India, inaugurated by Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan here. IOCL and Industri...

4 days ago
NGT asks NTPC how much crop residue can be used for power generation

New Delhi, Nov 16 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday directed National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to inform it of the amount of crop residue in pellet form or otherwise that can be used as raw material along with coal in power plants across Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. The tribunal also asked about its total coal intake in six of its power plants in Uttar Pradesh an...

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