All stories by Virendra Singh Rawat
Iran's coronavirus outbreak leads to cheaper basmatiRediff.com1 Mar 2020
Following the outbreak, Iran has stopped Indian basmati shipments. This has led to exports already falling 18-20 per cent this fiscal year. Iran and the rest of West Asia account for the largest imports of Indian basmati, and comprise more than 30 per cent of the shipments.
UP sitting on 2900-tonne goldmine at SonbhadraRediff.com22 Feb 2020
According to the Geological Survey of India (GSI) and UP geology and mining directorate reports, gold reserves totalling 2,944 tonnes have been found in the Sona Pahadi and Hardi blocks of the backward Sonbhadra district.
Highest salary offered at IIM Lucknow is...Rediff.com30 Jan 2020
The management institute also clocked 100% placement, says Virendra Singh Rawat.
3 tests will decide if Opposition's ready for UP pollsRediff.com27 Jan 2020
This year promises to offer ample opportunities on the electoral turf to the SP, BSP and Congress to get their act together and play the "semi-final" of sorts before the "final match" two years later, reports Virendra Singh Rawat
UP plans subsidy for Patanjali's Rs 6,000 cr food parkRediff.com23 Jan 2020
The land transfer or subleasing would allow the Patanjali Group to set up the food processing facility and entitle it to other incentives under the central policy guidelines.
After Amazon, Mastercard says it will invest $1 bn in IndiaRediff.com18 Jan 2020
The proposed investment will be made over a period of five years in our India operations, which includes an R&D facility at Pune and another centre at Vadodara.
Anti-CAA violence, MLAs' protest dent Yogi's strongman imageRediff.com8 Jan 2020
Against the backdrop of the opposition closing ranks on the CAA issue and the BJP faring poorly in several state elections recently, the 2022 electoral battle is unlikely to be a cakewalk for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, reports Virendra Singh Rawat.
Maruti to stay bullish on rural, emerging marketsRediff.com2 Dec 2019
Apart from physical stores, the company operates 2,700 digital touch points in the form of web pages, which is gaining good traction from tier-II and III centres.
Will new Maha govt sweeten the lives of sugarcane growers?Rediff.com28 Nov 2019
Maharashtra, the country's largest cane and sugar producer after Uttar Pradesh, had, over the past few years, weathered adverse market dynamics brought about by a domestic and global sugar glut, mounting arrears and muted exports.
VHP's model could be blueprint for Ayodhya's Ram templeRediff.com18 Nov 2019
In the late 1990s, the construction cost of the Ram temple, according to unofficial estimates, was pegged at Rs 120 crore. Adjusting for inflation to the current financial year, the edifice would entail an investment of nearly Rs 450 crore, excluding the land cost.
Tomato prices likely to rise by 5-10%Rediff.com21 Oct 2019
Retail prices of tomato had touched almost Rs 80 per kg in major cities owing to short supply and transportation cost over the past few weeks following heavy downpour.
What Oppn is doing to stay afloat in 'Modi wave'Rediff.com30 Sep 2019
After resorting to quirky measures like debarring party spokespersons from news channel debates, the opposition parties are now overhauling their organisational set-ups and purging respective executives, committees and wings to weed out non-performers and deadwood. Virendra Singh Rawat reports.
UP ministers to get IIM training in governanceRediff.com8 Sep 2019
The refresher course will help participants complete ongoing projects in their respective departments via close coordination with other departments and the bureaucracy.
UP to woo investors in Asia and Europe for proposed Defence corridorRediff.com29 Aug 2019
The Uttar Pradesh Defence corridor is estimated to attract Rs 20,000 crore investment and create 250,000 jobs.
Major tax cut for UP's 'mom and pop' storesRediff.com17 Jul 2019
The purpose, behind slashing property tax on small commercial establishments by 70%, was to allow growth of small shops in residential areas, so that people do not have to travel long distances for their daily needs.
Despite all efforts, farmers are still not interested in growing maizeRediff.com21 Jun 2019
Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat account for 85 per cent of India's maize production.
Sugar glut, a bitter pill for PaswanRediff.com4 Jun 2019
Three million tonnes of buffer stock, where the government bears the interest and insurance cost, was announced by the Centre only for a year and that period is ending in June.
More bad news for mango lovers!Rediff.com31 May 2019
The plucking of dussehri, which will hit the shelves next week at 50% premium, started late this season, because of poor crop and adverse weather conditions, including hailstorms, in the orchards of Malihabad.
Why BSP bets on door-to-door campaignRediff.com2 May 2019
The core BSP campaign continues to be 'cadre-based' and personal connect, such as knocking each door or through nukkad sabhas.
Why Scindia is missing in action in western UPRediff.com9 Apr 2019
Even as Priyanka is gaining traction among the electorate and the media, her counterpart for the western UP region, Jyotiraditya Scindia, has been low key and perceptibly missing from the 'heat and dust' of elections in UP, reports Virendra Singh Rawat.
Why Kanpur leather industry has started shifting to KolkataRediff.com5 Apr 2019
Closure of tanneries pulls down domestic finished leather exports and local price of raw-skin.
Adityanath's last chance to prove himself?Rediff.com26 Mar 2019
The BJP's losses in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where the UP CM had addressed nearly 75 rallies, has put a big question mark on his ability to deliver in high-octane contests, reports Virendra Singh Rawat.
How govt's apathy is hurting potato farmersRediff.com22 Mar 2019
From output surge to lack of cold storage, not much attention has been given to the potato farmers. The export market, too, is bleak, due to unsuitable domestic varieties and an underdeveloped food processing value chain.
Can 'PM Kisan' help BJP in UP?Rediff.com20 Mar 2019
Over 10 million farmers have received Rs 2,000 crore under the flagship scheme says Virendra Singh Rawat.
Sugarcane economy sets the tone for Uttar Pradesh's LS electionRediff.com18 Mar 2019
The RLD has aligned with the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party in UP and is attacking the state government on farm distress and the outstanding sugarcane dues.
Lok Sabha polls: No political tweets, or 'likes' for UP policeRediff.com13 Mar 2019
In a poll related advisory, the cops have been asked not to be seen or perceived as favouring a particular political party or candidate through their social media updates.
Can Priyanka take Congress beyond its 2 bastions in UP?Rediff.com7 Feb 2019
Congress leaders are confident that Priyanka would act as a catalyst for the party and boost the sagging morale of cadres to put up a spirited fight against the BJP and also the SP-BSP pre-poll alliance which had already shut its door on the Congress, reports Virendra Singh Rawat.
Why IIM-Lucknow grads are celebrating!Rediff.com5 Feb 2019
147 domestic and international recruiters -- including Ola, Amazon, Flipkart and Xiaomi -- hired all 460 graduates.
BSP or SP: Who will benefit more from alliance?Rediff.com28 Jan 2019
Statistics show the BSP has always gained from pre-poll alliances, reflecting in the party winning more seats in subsequent elections and largely retaining the vote share too. Virendra Singh Rawat reports.
Under fire on all fronts, 2019 polls a chance for Yogi Adityanath to prove himselfRediff.com14 Jan 2019
The Hindutva poster boy has lost his sheen following the BJP's poll reverses in Hindi heartland states and his style of governance, reports Virendra Singh Rawat.
Ayodhya 2.0: Old story, new actorsRediff.com28 Dec 2018
The Ayodhya issue is unlikely to die out anytime soon with parties vying to appropriate majority sentiments in varying proportions to suit their political agendas.
Ikea's Rs 5,000 crore mega plan for Uttar PradeshRediff.com14 Dec 2018
The company is likely to sign a MoU with the Yogi Adityanath government for opening retail stores in the important towns of the state.
Thomas Cook to invest Rs 30 cr; to focus improving tourism in UPRediff.com19 Nov 2018
Thomas Cook India's internal data had highlighted Lucknow region as a high potential source market for holiday business.
Assembly polls 2018: UP CM to add firepower to BJP arsenalRediff.com21 Oct 2018
'Star campaigner' to address election meetings in poll-bound Chhattisgarh, MP, Rajasthan.
Cyber security: SBI Gen Insurance eyes 30% jump in premium incomeRediff.com12 Oct 2018
Firms in which IP is critical, such as pharma and research and knowledge-based organisations, were taking the lead in seeking cyber covers to protect their computer systems from hack attacks
UP's Rs 2-trillion plan to boost infrastructure before 2019 pollsRediff.com11 Sep 2018
While, projects, including Rs 23,000 crore Purvanchal Expressway, totalling Rs 60,000 crore have already been launched, the Yogi Adityanath government is fast paving the way for laying the foundation of the remaining projects before the general election dates are announced.
How Yogi plans to develop Gorakhpur as regional air travel hubRediff.com7 Sep 2018
Although Gorakhpur is the largest urban centre and trading hub in Eastern UP, catering not only to the neighbouring district but also the adjoining Bihar and Nepal, it had been lacking in proper infrastructure of road and air connectivity, impeding the harnessing of its socioeconomic potential.
UP's Jewar International Airport skids on land woesRediff.com5 Sep 2018
Only 50 per cent land acquisition consent received by August 31 deadline, despite state government's offer of thrice the circle rate
Distressed Kanpur leather industry now faces Kumbh troubleRediff.com5 Sep 2018
Ahead of the Kumbh Mela from January-March 2019 at Prayag, the tanneries have been asked to shut down to stop discharge of effluents into the Ganga.
Ram temple makes it back on BJP's agendaRediff.com3 Sep 2018
With the 2019 Lok Sabha polls less than eight months away, the party has resumed stoking the emotional issue through its second-and third-rung leaders.