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Pix: Ganpati Bappa Morya! 18.9.2018 Rediff: GetAhead
Rediff readers tell us how they are celebrating the Ganesh Utsav festival.
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LIVE! Swaraj 'reprimands' Sidhu for hugging Pak army chief: Union Min 18.9.2018 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
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Farm mechanisation exposure tour flagged off 13.9.2018 Manipur: E-Pao
Farm mechanisation exposure tour flagged off
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National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) has been playing a crucial role in the implementation of National Dairy Plan (NDP) and Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF) 10.9.2018 Govt of india: PIB
The development of dairy sector is imperative for the prosperity of farmers. Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh, at the inauguration ceremony of the seminar “Role of Technology in Doubling Dairy Farmers’ Income” in Anand, Gujarat, today praised the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) for playing a crucial role in the implementation of National Dairy Plan (NDP) and Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF).
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DRI seizes 532 star tortoises, 9040 kg of red sandalwood from Mumbai 6.9.2018 Zee News : India National
The star tortoises were seized on Thursday while the sandalwood was seized from Nhava Sheva Port on Wednesday. 
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'With the 2+2, there will be a big engagement with the US' 4.9.2018 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
'I am hopeful that you will see more focused attention on this relationship,' former US assistant secretary of state Nisha Desai Biswal tells Alokananda Chakraborty.
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PM inaugurates various projects in Junagadh district 23.8.2018 Govt of india: PIB
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today inaugurated various projects in Junagadh district. These included the Government Civil Hospital, a milk processing plant and some buildings of the Junagadh Agriculture University.
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Panel formed to hide irregularities in groundnut purchase: Gujarat Congress 20.8.2018 DNA: Popular News
The state government's announcement for a judicial probe in cases of fires in groundnut warehouses isn't cutting much ice with the Congress. The Opposition party said today that the Commission had been formed to ensure that irregularities in groundnut procurement do not come out. The Congress held a large event in Banaskantha to protest against the irregularities in groundnut purchase. The party alleged that Rs400 crore had been spent on groundnut procurement in Banaskantha, even though there is little production of the crop in the region, and alleged massive irregularities in the process. "There has been massive corruption in the procurement of groundnut. As against our demand to hold an inquiry in the scam by a sitting judge of high court, the state government has formed a Commission that will be headed by a retired judge. We believe this is to divert attention and to hide the scam. We have seen the Gujarat government doing the same in several other scams," state Congress president Amit Chavda, ...
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Gujarat: Retired High Court judge to probe fires at four warehouses storing groundnut 19.8.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
The Gujarat government has handed over the probe into the recent fires at groundnut warehouses to a retired high court judge. This was announced by Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja on Saturday evening. The state government had faced criticism from farmers and the Opposition after four warehouses storing groundnuts were gutted and it was alleged that few leaders from the ruling party were involved in the arson. Jadeja told reporters in Gandhinagar, "Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has decided to act sensibly in the case as he is firmly against the wrongdoers. He directed to give the probe to a commission headed by a retired high court judge. We have given the probe to retired justice HK Rathod under the Commissions of Inquiry Act." Earlier, the government had given the probe to the CID of state police for the fires Gondal, Shapar-Veraval near Rajkot, Hapa in Jamnagar and Gandhidham in Kutch district. The forensic science laboratory also had been involved in the investigation, said the ...
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Good news raining: Relief for Gujarat government as fresh water fills dams 19.8.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
The rains have saved the state from a much-anticipated dro-ught. The rains have filled many dams and reservoirs, including state's lifeline Narmada dam. The new water is sufficient for irrigation for a month.  Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitin Patel, on Saturday, called a meeting to the review the situation. The CM also directed the officials to take necessary actions in the affected areas. He also asked to make water available in the Kutch region, where less rainfall has been recorded. The CM, while addressing the media after the meeting, said the inflow of water in the dams would dispel the drought situation in the state. More than 550 million cubic meters (MCM) water was stored in 203 reservoirs across the state, he added. "More than 278 MCM water has been added to Sardar Sarovar Dam in just two days. We have decided to fill Tapar dam in Kutch region immediately so that the water crisis in the parched area of the state can be solved. There are five districts in Gujarat including Kutch ...
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Friday's rain pours hope for Gujarat farmers 18.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
The rains on Friday poured a major relief for farmers, especially those sowing kharif across Gujarat. The rains that lashed the state after 21 days also brought fresh water into the dams at the catchment areas in Narmada and Tapi rivers. According to a recent weekly report of the state agriculture department, the state witnessed sowing of 72.28 lakh hectare, which is about 84% of the seasonal average of over 85 lakh hectare. However, it does not take care of sowing damaged to due flooding and shortage of water. Whatever was left was also at a risk of damage. Reports of damage to cotton in Saurashtra region and groundnut in north Gujarat have started pouring in due to inadequate rains. Nikul Patel of Dadhaliya – Umedpur village of Arvalli district said that the plants of groundnut are turning yellowish. Moreover, sowing was also infected by 'Dor' insects, which eats away the roots of the crop. Farmers are trying to save the crop by spraying more insecticides. "There was a fear that about 50% of the sowing ...
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Mizoram one of highest growing State economies: CM 15.8.2018 The Assam Tribune
Mizoram one of highest growing State economies: CM
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Increasing farmers' income through reduction in cost of cultivation 13.8.2018 DNA: India
When the goal of increasing the income of farmers and workers has gained national priority across the spectrum of ideological boundaries, is not it strange that excessive focus is on increasing prices and not on decreasing cost? What is the political economy of this bias? Reducing cost requires triggering debate on sustainability, saving water, soil, seed and all inputs in such a manner that farmers improve his income by reducing the cost to oneself but also to mother nature. Reduction in cost takes place when we get more crop with less water as Harbhajan, suggested in early 2000. He suggested irrigation in alternate rows of cotton thus halving water requirement and also reducing the incidence of pest without any adverse effect on crop yield (more on it next week). Growing coriander around chickpea reduces pest attack in parts of Haryana due to predators attracted by nectar-rich coriander. Micro-toxins produced by using old bajra flour in early nineties in Gujarat were used as pesticides in Gujarat. One ...
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Handover groundnut scam probe to sitting High Court judge: Congress 12.8.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) chief Amit Chavda sought an inquiry into the ongoing groundnut scam in the state by a sitting High Court judge. Chavda was addressing the media on Saturday. "We want a judicial inquiry into the groundnut scam. This is an organized scam. Each groundnut warehouse is being run in a corrupt way. The ruling party is targeting the small fish while big ones are free," said Chavda. "The ruling party is blaming the Congress for the scam and saying no BJP members are involved. Rather than playing a blame game, the chief minister should seek a judicial inquiry," added Chavda. The Congress also announced to stage a protest and conduct rallies across the state on Monday. "The top BJP leaders are saving themselves. Hence, they are not in favour of any probe. We are going to stage protest and rallies in districts across the state," Chavda said. Paresh Dhanani, leader of opposition in state assembly also addressed the media in Gandhidham, Kutch. He said the government is only ...
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PM Narendra Modi’s insurance scheme for farmers sees poor response in Rajasthan 7.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
The farmers’ interests to avail Modi government’s flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna has declined drastically in Rajasthan. A dip of 33 per cent in its coverage has been reported, which is the highest as compared to the other states across the country. In a reply made in Parliament recently the Union state minister for Agriculture Purushottam Rupala shared details of progress of the scheme which was launched in the year 2016-17. The details underline poorest response of farmers to the scheme in Rajasthan, registering a decline of over 3 million farmers here.  Nearly 91.5 lakh farmers were registered under the insurance scheme in 2016-17, which in the following year reached to 60.1 lakh, recording a dip of 33 per cent. Rajasthan is not alone where the crop insurance scheme failed to attract farmers. In Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, West Bengal etc, the scheme’s coverage has declined.  In these states the farmers coverage dipped in lakhs up to 10 lakh ...
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PMFBY: Gujarat High Court directs insurance company to pay for crop damage 4.8.2018 DNA: Top News
The Gujarat High Court has directed an insurance company to pay the dues to a farmer under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).  The high court's direction came after it was brought to the notice of the court that despite a recommendation by district level committee of PMFBY, the insurance company has not bothered to act on it.  The court has asked the company to act as expeditiously as possible on the order and preferably within a period of four weeks. The matter pertains to a petition filed by a farmer who alleged that the insurance company was not acting on his insurance claim application. This was despite the fact that his application for insurance claims was forwarded by the district level committee.  He had further stated that despite having put a claim, the company was not dealing with it and not giving any reason for the delay. The petitioner said that he had paid an insurance premium of Rs 2,801 under the PMFBY for his paddy crop through the SBI.  The said crop was affected by a ...
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GROUNDNUT SCAM: Gujarat Congress seeks HC-monitored SIT probe 2.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
Alleging direct involvement of BJP leaders in groundnut procurement scam, the Opposition Congress on Wednesday demanded a HC-monitored probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT). The demand came a day after stones and mud were found to be mixed in large quantities with groundnut stock in a warehouse in Pedhla village of Rajkot district. State Congress president Amit Chavda, former president Arjun Modhwadia, and MLA Harshad Ribadiya said at a joint press conference that procurement of the groundnut stocked in the warehouse had taken place in a farm owned by BJP taluka president Mulu Junjiya in Nani Dhanej village of Junagadh, in place of the office or godown of Moti Dhanej Mandli. "NAFED procured groundnut from middlemen and not farmers. Quality stock of groundnut was sold to oil mills, and replaced with low quality groundnut mixed with stones and mud to perpetrate this Rs 17.17-crore scam," they alleged. Ribadiya said he had written to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on February 5 and complained about the ...
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Hunger Death 31.7.2018 Govt of india: PIB
In so far as Department of Food & Public Distribution, Government of India is concerned, no State Government/Union Territory Administration has reported any incident of death due to hunger/starvation.
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Sugar mills in Gujarat do not owe single rupee to farmers: Deputy CM Nitin Patel 29.7.2018 DNA: Money
Deputy chief minister, Nitin Patel said on Saturday that not a single sugar mill in Gujarat owes any money to farmers. Speaking at the Deccan Sugar Technologists Association's 64th conference held at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, he said sugar manufacturing societies have provided the best example in the nation. Patel said, "Sugar production is the cooperative activity in Gujarat and farmers of Gujarat have always accepted cooperative module, may it be milk, sugar, irrigation or marketing of agriculture produces. Sugar mills in state are indebted with Rs. 23,000 crore that is payable to farmers who sold them sugarcanes, but no any sugar mill in Gujarat owes to farmers." "Almost one crore tonnes of sugarcanes are crushed in different mills of Gujarat every year and that produces 10 lakh metric tonne of sugar. The sugar mills run on cooperative basis are making profit and that is the result of cooperative module. Now it is time to give more return to farmers by value addition in by products of this ...
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'It's politics of elections, not economic politics of farmers' 27.7.2018 Rediff: Interviews
'I want to ask Modiji is the support price announced by him good enough to make a farmer's sons to start farming in their villages?'
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