Livelihoods News

New Delhi: On the day Congress, supported by other opposition parties, is leading an agitation against the Modi government over rising fuel prices, the rates saw another revision on Monday with petrol selling at 80.73 per litre and diesel at Rs 72.83 per litre in Delhi. In Mumbai, petrol retailed at Rs 88.12 per litre and diesel at Rs 77.32 per litre.

NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister’s Office will soon consider the draft agriculture export policy, which aims to double India’s farm exports to more than $60 billion by 2022.

The commerce department is finalising a cabinet note on the policy that calls for a stable and predictable farm exports regime with limited state interference, reform of the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act and streamlining of mandi fees along with liberalisation of land leasing norms including contract farming.

Karnataka government has announced a grant of Rs 50 lakh to startups focusing on rural development. Social Welfare Minister Priyank Kharge said that the government has taken this initiative to support startups across the state to encourage all innovations impacting the society.

A flood alert has been issued to certain states in the Northeast. Arunachal Pradesh has been sufferingfrom heavy floods since China released water into the Siang river.

China had earlier sent an alert to India of heavy rainfall in the region as it would soon release water into the Tsangpo River.

Acting on the letter sent by China, the Arunachal Pradesh government has alerted certain areas and is taking precautions to minimise damage.

A state-run agency in Maharashtra has come up with a plan to install solar panels in the backwater of two dams to generate electricity.

After a muted Onam, Kerala woke up on Sunday to the enormity of rehabilitation and restoration of normal life devastated by the unprecedented floods in the central districts of the State.

The Centre has said that the Kerala floods were a “calamity of severe nature for all practical purposes”, keeping in view the intensity and magnitude of the floods and landslides.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the Kerala floods were being treated as natural calamity of severe nature but there was nothing to declare it as one.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced the launch of world's largest government-funded programme - the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan. It will be launched on the birth anniversary of Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay on 25th of next month. 

Announcing this from the ramparts of historic Red Fort after unfurling the tricolor on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day, Mr Modi said, it is high time to ensure that the poor gets access to good quality and affordable health care. 

Government schemes meant to tackle farm distress have focussed on farmers - typically through loan waivers - but official data shows that almost half of all suicides among those working in agriculture is by labourers, not farmers.

Data from the National Crime Records Bureau, cited in the answer to a question in the Lok Sabha recently shows that of the 36,332 people "self-employed persons in farming/agriculture" who committed suicides between 2014 and 2016, 16,324 or about 45% were farm labourers.

GANDHINAGAR: Even as the Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam project nears completion and the envisaged command area of around 18.45 lakh hectares is slated to be ready by end of 2019, the Gujarat government has set an ambitious target of doubling the project’s command area by using drip irrigation after the method was successful in both Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.