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World News: India
India | 27 April 2015
Are farmers' suicides in India hyped to attract attention, divert funds?

Doesn’t everybody love a good drought? Sure, and so does he love to shudder each time there is news about a farmer ending his life. Nobody bothers to get into the details of the reason for the suicide...


India | 24 April 2015
Delhi farmer death highlights countryside crisis

If you believe media reports, Gajendra Singh, the man who died after hanging himself at a political rally in Delhi on Wednesday, was hardly the poorest of farmers. Journalists visiting his village ...


India | 23 April 2015
Delhi farmer suicide rocks Parliament

Opposition members on Thursday created ruckus in the Lok Sabha over Wednesday’s suicide of a farmer in New Delhi, leading to adjournment of proceedings even as the government said it was ready to disc...


India | 22 April 2015
Sugar industry crisis hits farmers hard

The area under sugarcane cultivation is expected to shrink substantially in Erode district during 2015-16 to 19,000 hectares from over 22,000 hectares last year. Due to the crisis confronting the s...


India | 21 April 2015
Losing out on agriculture

Analyses of agrarian troubles in India are full of tragedy. The tragedy lies in two parts. In the first part is the sad story of a farmer who was distressed enough to commit suicide. In the second par...


India | 20 April 2015
Beef ban not the answer to modern India's problems

The sacredness of cows in India might be a cliche but it is deeply felt, rooted in the history of Hinduism. In Mumbai, one often encounters women selling grass for a few rupees to feed the cow they...


India | 20 April 2015
Why India's cotton farmers are killing themselves

Yogita Kanhaiya is expecting a baby soon. She already has a two-year-old son. Her husband, Moreshwor, a cotton farmer, won't be around to see his children grown up. He committed suicide early in th...


India | 17 April 2015
India’s die-hard Hindus push hard to ban beef

Every morning just before dawn, hundreds of trucks loaded with buffaloes trundle into New Delhi’s sprawling slaughterhouse complex where young men rush to unload the bellowing cargo. Skidding on heaps...


India | 17 April 2015
Don't obstruct farming, HC tells AP

The Hyderabad high court on Thursday directed the AP revenue authorities and Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) commissioner not to create hindrances to the agricultural activities of the far...


India | 16 April 2015
India's die-hard Hindus push to ban beef in blow to poor

Every morning just before dawn, hundreds of trucks loaded with buffaloes trundle into New Delhi's sprawling slaughterhouse complex where young men rush to unload the bellowing cargo. Skidding on h...


India | 15 April 2015
Unseasonal rain in northern India destroys crops

April is usually a time of celebration for millions of farmers across northern India. The winter wheat crop is ready to be harvested, and there's money to clear past debts and plan future planting. ...


India | 14 April 2015
Rain fury: two killed, crops damaged

Pre-monsoon showers, accompanied by gusty winds, thunder and lightning, that lashed on late Sunday has claimed two lives besides damaging standing crops in hundreds of acres in three districts of the ...


India | 13 April 2015
Rains cause heavy damage to standing crops

Incessant rain accompanied by heavy gales lashed several parts of Telangana causing widespread damage to the standing crops since Saturday night. Reports reaching here said turmeric kept for drying...


India | 13 April 2015
When will farmers under stress get help

Taking a sceptical view of Micro Units Development Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Yojana launched by Centre to support farming and micro-level enterprises, Shiv Sena today sought to know when will the distr...


India | 9 April 2015
Three farmers died of cardiac arrest after seeing their crops destroyed

Three more farmers died of cardiac arrest after seeing their crops destroyed in untimely rains in the region. According to sources, all three were reeling under distress after losing their entire c...


India | 7 April 2015
India's 2015 wheat output could fall

India's wheat output prospects in 2015 appeared to have been hit by unseasonal rains during the harvest season, farm minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Tuesday. "There's some initial reports that s...


India | 7 April 2015
226 farmers’ suicides in last three months

Crop losses and water scarcity over consecutive years are pushing debt-ridden farmers over the edge in parched Marathwada region. Since January, 226 farmers have taken the extreme step. Severe drou...


India | 6 April 2015
No more cattle smuggling from India!

The prescription put forward by India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh is simple. He would like the Border Security Force (BSF) to beef up vigil on the India-Bangla border in order to stop smuggling of c...


India | 3 April 2015
MP has highest area under organic farming, but growers earn a trickle

Madhya Pradesh has the largest certified organic farming area under cultivation in India, but it has failed to turn it into an advantage. Lack of certifying agents and poor government support has crip...


India | 2 April 2015
Experts for adoption of integrated farming system in country

Adopting integrated farming system to overcome adversities in view of environmental instability and changing atmosphere across the nation is the need of hour particularly in the backdrop of population...


India | 31 March 2015
Unseasonal rains kill many across India

The fury of unseasonal rain in different states of north and east India since Sunday evening has left at least seven people dead and damaged standing crops in thousands of hectares, officials said on ...


India | 30 March 2015
Crop damage: One more farmer dies of shock

The shock of widespread damage to crops after rain and hailstorm lashed the state recently continues. One more farmer died of a heart attack in Kota's Budha Deet area. The 55-year-old victim, Bheem Ra...


India | 27 March 2015
Efforts on to protect cattle breed

Even as the ban on ‘jallikattu’ poses a grave threat to survival of bulls, the State government has initiated steps to protect and promote the Pulikulam breed that provides raging bulls for the rural ...


India | 19 March 2015
Parties seek financial assistance

Political parties cutting across party lines on Thursday demanded immediate financial assistance and relief including loan waiver for farmers in North and Western India whose crops have been hit by un...


India | 19 March 2015
Farmers not getting proper benefits of agriculture

Most peasants in Odisha are not getting proper benefits from agriculture because of lack of proper training for use of scientific techniques in cultivation as well as preservation and processing of ha...


India | 17 March 2015
Rain destroys crop, farmer dies of shock

A 62-year-old farmer reportedly died of shock after seeing his standing crop ruined by the heavy rain on Sunday. However, the district administration denied the claims saying the deceased was sufferin...


India | 17 March 2015
Heavy rain, hailstorms destroy crops in north India

Unseasonal thundershowers and hailstorms left behind a trail of destruction, leveling standing crops across swathes of north India on Sunday, with the region still reeling under its effect on Monday e...


India | 16 March 2015
Farmers worried over unseasonal rains

Moderate to heavy rains lashed many places in Punjab and Haryana today, increasing worries of farmers whose crops had already suffered damage due to heavy spell of showers earlier this month. A MeT...


India | 16 March 2015
BJP for law against cattle slaughter in all States

The Bharatiya Janata Party will press for stronger anti-cattle slaughter laws in all States and actively pursue the legislative route in the States ruled by it. After Haryana, Rajasthan is likely to t...


India | 13 March 2015
Now Maharashtra to nurture cattle

After banning beef, Maharashtra is planning to set up an authority to nurture cattle. Finance Minister Sudhir Munguntiwar on Thursday told The Hindu that the State had initiated a programme to set ...