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Crop output likely to be better than 2009 drought year: Govt


Despite deficient monsoon rains, the country's foodgrains output this year is likely to surpass that of the 2009 drought year, the government said on Thursday.

Monsoon rains have been 15 per cent def

Pleasant temperature in North, Rajasthan escapes drought


With intermittent showers lashing the North, most parts of the region witnessed pleasant weather as temperatures hovered close to normal levels.

Rajasthan narrowly escaped the drought due to widespr

Bad monsoon to pose problems in taming inflation: PM

Deficient monsoon will pose some difficulty in controlling inflation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday.

"We must control inflation. This would pose some difficulty because of a bad mon

Chennai to get rain Thursday: Met officials

While the met officials are expecting rain on Thursday, they say that the models are not showing any active rainfall spell across the state for the next three or four days.

“We are not anticipating

More economists cut India growth forecasts


More economists slashed their economic forecasts for India with Citigroup and CLSA cutting their outlooks for growth to 5.4 per cent and 5.5 per cent respectively in the fiscal year ending March, with

Monsoon session unlikely to be a dull affair

With a range of issues in the armoury of the Opposition, the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning on Wednesday is expected to generate heat and dust over a variety of subjects like price rise, econ

State sees swing in rainfall pattern

There have been discernible swings in the rainfall pattern in the state over the past decade or so.
Study of 12-year-old data reveals that almost half the years show a shortfall and the rest, normal/

Drought delivers fresh blow to reeling economy


A summer drought makes a bad situation worse for an Indian economy already crippled by a sharp slowdown in growth, persistent inflation and a politically hamstrung government.

Late on Thursday, New D

Sowing picks up, but far from target

Paddy has been sown in only about 23 per cent of the total area in the state till August 1 this year. This is an increase from about 13 per cent of the total area a week ago. Normally, paddy, is sown

Drought sparks fears for tractor sales


Tractor maker Mahindra & Mahindra shares fall 1.7 per cent as the growing likelihood of a drought in India threatens to hit rural sales.

Mahindra & Mahindra already saw tractor sales fall 2.4 per cen

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