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Locust swarms spare Delhi but threaten Rs 40,000-crore sugarcane economy in UP

The swarms have hit various districts of western UP and the Bundelkhand region in the last 48 hours, prompting alerts in several places like Agra, Kasganj, Azamgarh, Chitrakoot and Jhansi.
A locust infestation | Bloomberg

New locust swarm enters sugar cane region of Uttar Pradesh

In January, more than 25,000 hectares of wheat, rapeseed, cumin & potatoes in Gujarat were hit by locusts & a third of crops damaged in 75% of affected areas.
Insecticide used against locusts in Jaipur earlier this week | Representational image | ANI

Delhi-NCR on high alert after swarms of locusts envelop Gurgaon

In a warning issued 20 June, the UN's FAO put India on high alert for four weeks in anticipation of severe waves of locust swarm invasions.

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai calls emergency meeting after Gurugram locust attack

An advisory will be issued on steps to be taken, post the meeting attended by the development secretary, divisional commissioner, the district magistrates of South & West Delhi.

Farmers, districts ready for another wave of locusts coming from Iran and Pakistan in July

Locust swarms from their spring-breeding habitats in East Africa and Iran-Pakistan may travel to India by early July. Experts also say breeding will take place during monsoon.
Saadullah Zehri, a farmer who lost his crops to locusts. | Photographer: Asim Hafeez | Bloomberg

Locusts pose bigger economic threat to Pakistan than coronavirus

The locust-invasion has covered an area of 57 million hectares in a country that has a total crop area of 23 million hectares.
Locust swarms from Pakistan entered India through Jalore and Jaisalmer districts in Rajasthan (Representative image) | Bloomberg

Swarms of locusts enter Chhattisgarh forest area from Madhya Pradesh

According to officials, all departments concerned immediately sprayed chemicals through fire brigade vehicles following which most of the insects died or flew away.
Farmers empty bags of hand-picked cotton bolls onto a tarp in a field. | Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

Cotton farmers stare at over Rs 4,700-cr loss this season, lockdown and locusts to blame

Cotton Association of India has cut production estimates for the current season by 24 lakh bales — down from 354 lakh bales to 330 lakh bales.

The 1949 Act Modi govt could use to pull in boys above 14 to fight off locusts

The Act also has punishable provision — violation invites conviction with fine, which may extend upto Rs 50 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 10 days.

Train fare mayhem, and accountability’s flight out of Delhi

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On Camera

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (R) and US President Donald Trump speak during the first US presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 September

Trump-Biden debate had no highlights, only lowlights

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his democratic challenger Joe Biden must have been one of the nastiest presidential debate in US history.
File image of Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj | Photo: ANI

India will not meet its Rs 2.1 lakh crore disinvestment target in 2020-21, DEA secretary says

Govt retains its Rs 12 lakh crore borrowing limit for the full financial year, which means it can borrow Rs 4.34 lakh crore in the second half.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Ordnance factories hit back at Army claims, cite export orders, accidents of other equipment

In a statement, OFB said only 19 per cent of the accidents involving defence ammunition between January 2015 and December 2019 could be attributed to the board.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.