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EGoM nod for Rs 2,000 cr relief package to drought-hit states


Concerned over poor monsoon in more than half of the country, the Centre on Tuesday announced a slew of measures, including a relief package of about Rs 2,000 crore to states facing drought-like situa

Monsoon stays weak as govt mulls drought steps


India's monsoon rains are unlikely to pick up enough to avert the possibility that ministers meeting next week may officially declare a drought, which could prompt the government to offer more support

Geared up to face drought situation, says K.V. Thomas


Government on Friday said the spectre of drought over a few states and the likelihood of a lower rainfall pattern in 2012 should not be a concern for a 'panicky situation,' as it is geared up to face the situation with enough stocks of foodgrains and sugar.

Panel of ministers on drought to meet early next week


India will convene its specialist panel of ministers on drought early next week to review the monsoon situation, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said, the first time since the drought year of 2009 as this year's rains fall below average.

What drought? let them drink liquor!

Has Karnataka’s drought and the distress of its farmers become a joke for our politicians? Going by the discussion in the Assembly on Tuesday, it certainly seems so. In a sarcasm-laden attempt to pu

BSY beats govt with drought stick

‘Elder statesman’ B.S. Yeddyurappa had several of his partymen squirming around in their plushy seats at the Assembly hall on Monday as he lambasted the 10-day old BJP government for not doing enough

‘Rs17 cr for prayers, can’t we use it to fight drought?’

This is one puja which is going to cost the state exchequer a tonne.

On July 27 and August 2, a special puja will be performed across 34,000 temples to invoke the rain gods, who have not been particu

US drought worst in 25 years, food prices to rise


The drought scouring the farming heartlands of the United States is the worst for 25 years, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday, after briefing President Barack Obama.

India has not reached drought situation yet: Pawar


India has not reached the drought situation yet, although it faces the challenge of maintaining record foodgrains production due to weak monsoons this year, agriculture minster Sharad Pawar said here on Monday.

CM’s drought plan: Cloud-seeding


Jagadish Shettar has decided to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Sadananda Gowda and tackle the severe drought by going for cloud seeding to get artificial rains despite apprehensions expres

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