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Maharashtra to Tripura — Kisan Rail is helping Indian farmers deliver, even in a pandemic

Scalability is always a problem with Indian success stories. But that won’t be a problem with the Kisan Rail given the kilometres of tracks at its disposal.
File photo | A pile of organic ginger lies on a warehouse floor in Rangpo, east Sikkim |Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Negotiable warehouse receipts — How the RBI is helping formalise India’s agricultural economy

Most of India’s agricultural produce is still stored in un-registered warehouses. Punjab has five registered warehouses and Assam just two.
A farmer working in a field | Representational image | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Armed with AI & drones, online mandis shake up farming, aim to cut waste to boost farm income

E-mandis deploy tech such as AI and drones to inject efficiency all along the supply chain. Indian players in the field include INI Farms, Agribazaar, Monks Bouffe, and Crofarm.
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SC has let itself and Indian democracy down by its pusillanimity on electoral bonds

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BJP MP Parshottam Rupala speaks in Rajya Sabha during the budget session of parliament, in New Delhi on 19 March 2021 | ANI

Even stray dogs don’t go hungry in India, ignore hunger reports, minister says in Parliament

Union Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala was responding to an AAP MP, who raised the issue of India’s poor ranking in the 2020 hunger index in Rajya Sabha.
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Why the coup in Myanmar could make your idly, vada, dosa just a bit more expensive

Over the last month, retail urad prices have risen to Rs 130/kg from Rs 117/kg in Mumbai. The Delhi rate has gone up to Rs 123/kg from Rs 100/kg, while in Lucknow it is Rs 145/kg from Rs 113/kg.
(L-R) Adult nematodes under the microscope, a pollinator wasp entering the fig, inside of the fig showing live and dead wasps | Credit: Satyajeet Gupta, Nikhil More

Hitchhiker worms in fig trees use ‘perfume’ to find a ride on wasps, fly to safety

IISc researchers say the study, featured as cover story on February 2020 issue of Journal for Chemical Ecology, may aid efforts to conserve fig ecosystem & make it more productive.
Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal during his budget speech in the assembly in Chandigarh. | Photo: Twitter/@MSBADAL

Free transport for women, higher pensions, 25% more farm allocation — Punjab’s FY22 budget

Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal announces a please-all budget in the presence of CM Amarinder Singh. No new taxes.
A farmer jumps over an irrigation channel between fields of rice growing on farmland in the Bhagpat district of Uttar Pradesh | Bloomberg

India could see winter crop cultivation shrink by 20% as groundwater depletes, study finds

Study by Indian and US researchers says that alternate plans needs to be devised as a complete switch to canal irrigation will not compensate for groundwater loss.
US President Joe Biden speaks at the State Department in Washington, D.C., U.S., on 4 February, 2021. | Photographer: Jim Lo Scalzo | EPA/Bloomberg

Indian-American energy expert gets key position in US agriculture department

Bidisha Bhattacharyya has been appointed as Senior Policy Advisor in the Farm Service Agency. Previously, she has spent 3 years deploying solar energy solutions in rural India.

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India’s Covid vaccine policy is bound to promote inefficiency, inequality

Modi govt’s policy for Covid-19 vaccine has thoroughly exposed both the failures of an incompetent state and the vagaries of the ‘free’ market.
A crowded market in Patna after the Bihar government announced complete lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, on 4 May 2021 | Photo: PTI

Growth will be hit in April quarter but impact will be less than first wave: Finance ministry

Earlier this week, RBI had also put out an optimistic statement saying the impact on economic activity from the Covid second wave will be minimal.

Defence

A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Mayday, Mayday — How Modi govt led India into a perfect storm

Triumphalism, premature declaration of victory meant no one checked if India had enough vaccines, oxygen, remdesivir, bringing us back to a crisis where we need foreign aid after four decades.