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Samples of pulses are displayed in a wholesaler at Khari Baoli spice market in New Delhi | Photo: Ruhani Kaur | Bloomberg

Kharif crop expected to be hit as excessive monsoon rain floods fields, sparks pest attacks

The excess rainfall is likely to damage crops such as soybean, onion, urad and moong in major production states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
Chana dal (representational image) | Photo: pexels

Chana dal prices set to spike, Kabuli chana could cost Rs 100/kg in festive season

Prices are already increasing as hotels & restaurants reopen, govt acquires large quantities for distribution under Covid plan, and demand rises further.
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Govt procures 3 times as much chana dal as last year to meet massive food aid requirement

NAFED has procured 21.43 lakh metric tonnes of chana dal, as Modi govt has promised 1 kg per month free to every ration card-holding family until November.
Representational image of lentils (masoor). | Photo: Needpix

‘Govt sabotaging atmanirbhar plan’ — farmers criticise masoor duty cut as global prices rise

Modi govt reduced the import duty on masoor to less than half on 2 June. Farmers and traders allege move is to aid influential trading groups.
Representational image | Ruhani Kaur/Bloomberg

Modi govt promised free pulses to 20 crore, only 18% have got them so far

There are many factors at play that are inhibiting the effective distribution of free pulses under the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana, meant to aid the poor.
Wheat crop (representational image) | Commons

Govt hikes MSP for wheat by Rs 85 per quintal, pulses up to Rs 325 per quintal

The increase in MSP, the rate at which the government buys grains from farmers, is in line with the recommendation of the farm price advisory body CACP.

Modi govt to import more yellow peas, moong dal to check high inflation in pulses

Inter-ministerial committee to send proposal to commerce ministry to raise ceiling of import for pulses for the financial year 2020.
A farmer at work

Why higher MSPs don’t really help the Indian farmer in the long run

Production of pulses went up in response to the higher MSP, but mandi prices crashed.
Representational image | Ruhani Kaur/Bloomberg

Pulse of the problem — rising output plus rising imports have messed up India’s dal prices

There is a glut in the pulses market due to high imports and production resulting in CPI prices for pulses dropping by 9% for November.

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File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.


Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
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.