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She pawned her mangalsutra to build a toilet

'It is a shame for a woman to defecate in the open.'M I Khan reports from Patna. Phulkumari Devi, a young woman in her mid-20s, has done which no woman in her village, Barahkhanna in Bihar's Rohtas......

Maharashtra declares drought in 29,000 villages

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Maharashtra has declared “drought” in over 29,000 villages of the state, mostly in parched Marathwada and Vidarbha regions where the......

116 farmers committed suicide in last 3 months

As many as 116 farmers have committed suicide due to agrarian reasons so far this year, with maximum cases reported in Maharashtra, followed by Punjab and Telangana, Parliament was informed on......

PM Modi addresses first Mann Ki Baat in 2016

Highlighting benefits of the just announced crop insurance scheme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said awareness about it should be spread across the country so that at least 50 per cent of......

Why the BJP lost: 5 reasons from 'expat' Biharis

'The greatness of Indian democracy is that it never lets any political pundit master the pulse of the electorate. Sometimes people vote for change and sometimes they vote for the status quo.'......

Parting gift for Rajan? Good rains and bumper kharif sowing

The rains in July, the most crucial month for sowing of kharif crops, were 6.6 per cent more than normal.  When Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan delivers his last bi-monthly......

Why are vegetable prices going through the roof?

The fruit size of average kharif vegetables remained lower, due to lack of irrigation   Vegetables are steadily slipping out of the common man’s plate, due to skyrocketing prices. Since......

Farm growth: Govt, experts differ on impact of uneven rains

The slow start to the southwest monsoon this year and its impact on the yield of kharif crops have led to fear that farm sector growth for the remaining three quarters of 2014-15 might fall to......

Monsoon: It may be 2009 all over again

Kharif sowing till June 20 almost 18 per cent less than last year;  328 districts under watch, based on rains in the first 15 days The southwest monsoon has covered almost half of India but......

Another onion crisis in the offing

India may be faced with an onion crisis again. This kharif season, the El Niño weather phenomenon, which could disrupt rains, and a shortage of seeds are seen as concerns. Ahead of Diwali......
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NCDEX Soyabean market under short covering; Resistance seen at 3172

Soyabean on NCDEX settled up by 0.58% at 3137 following higher prices in international market and good domestic demand. The government, in its... ...
Record crop sends maize crashing 25%

Pune: Maize prices have crashed nearly 25% in the spot market as farmers begin to harvest a record crop. Adding to the farmers' woes are the lower... ...
Customers hold on to old gold as prices fall

Kolkata: The decline in gold prices and expectations of a better crop this year following a near normal monsoon have led to a 30% fall in sale of... ...
Onion supply a trickle, prices to soar in November

NASHIK: Onion prices in the past 18 months have swung wildly but they will zoom up in two months as a scarcity is expected to hit the kitchen... ...
Crop insurance a must for ryots who take loans

BENGALURU: With the financial burden only set to increase, the Karnataka government is trying to minimise the burden on the state exchequer by... ...

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