Livelihoods News

New Delhi: India is considering simpler regulations to attract more corporate investment in agriculture as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to keep his promise to double farmers’ income by 2022, an adviser to the government said.

To stem rural disquiet caused by falling crop prices, the central government has turned to the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G). Over 51 lakh permanent houses are slated to be built in 2017-18 and the government hopes to equal the number of rural houses in the coming fiscal.

India has taken on a major leadership role in fighting climate change when others are failing, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said.

"We have a very solid commitment to climate action," Guterres said on Friday.

"We cannot be defeated by climate change and we are not yet winning this battle" and the biggest victims of climate change are the developing countries that are members of the Group of 77 (G77).

India successfully launched its 100th satellite 'Cartosat-2 Series' from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota Island on Friday.

For the mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) used PSLV-C40 launch vehicle, which is carrying 31 satellites, including three from India and 28 from six other countries.

Ahead of the Union Budget, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday interacted with over 40 economists and other sectoral experts on the road as the government looks to revive the country's economic growth.

Dharamshala, Jan 9 (PTI) The Himachal Pradesh government will set up a committee to study the feasibility of zero budget natural farming, Governor Acharya Devvrat said today.

"Recommendation of the committee will be followed so that Himachal becomes natural farming state in the country within next four years," he said while while presiding over a meeting at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Agriculture University in Palampur.

NEW DELHI: The government has completed the first phase of the BharatNet programme, having connected 1 lakh gram panchayats (GPs) with optic fibre, telecom ministerManoj Sinha Monday said, and hoped that the second phase to connect to 1.5 lakh more GPs will be completed before time by December this year.

“101,370 gram panchayats (village blocks) are service ready as of December 28, 2017, while the second phase has already been initiated with eight states doing at their own,” Sinha said.

Phase 1 of the budget session from 29 December to 9 February while Phase 2 will be from 5 March to 6 April, says parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar

This year’s Union budget, the last one in this tenure of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, will be presented on 1 February.

The budget session will begin from 29 January, parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said on Friday.

In order to provide employment in over 4,000 villages which were declared scarcity affected the state government has decided to give rural folks additional 50 days of employment under MNERGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act).

“The government will provide employment for 150 days in 4,151 villages of 13 districts which were declared scarcity affected,” said Sudarshan Sethi, ACS (rural development), in a statement released. Currently, 100 days employment is given to rural folks under the Act. 

NEW DELHI: For Bhaskar Kumar it is a struggle to name green leafy vegetables found in India for his homework as his staple diet is rice and salt with vegetables served only on festive occasions.

But the eight-year-old from Pilakhana village in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh decides not to ask his mother Shakuni Bai, aware she skipped dinner four times that week.