Livelihoods News

Dehradun: The Centre has given an in-principle approval to include pine leaf collection under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Earlier, the state government had proposed producing electricity and biofuel from pine needles, which contribute to devastating forest fires in the state every year.

The scheme would be run under cooperative banks and provide employment to people in rural areas, officials said.

As many as 17,590 girls in the age group of 11 to 14 years have been mainstreamed back to school since April, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Ministry Virendra Kumar told the Lok Sabha on Friday.

"In 2018-19, as reported by states/UTs, 17,590 girls have been mainstreamed to schools," he said.

An inter-ministerial panel set up to review e-governance services through common services centres (CSCs) is expected to submit its report in a month. The panel, chaired by Electronics and IT Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney, has deliberated on enabling registration for all central and state government jobs, voter registration, PAN generation, sale of e-stamps, digitisation of government records etc through CSCs that operate in rural areas.

Animal husbandry is an integral part of Indian agriculture supporting the livelihood of more than two-thirds of the rural population engaged in agriculture and landless population. Livestock sector includes poultry, dairy and fisheries & aquaculture as major sub-sectors and plays an important role in the national economy and in the socio-economic development of the country.

Vision of a New India

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry is creating an action-oriented plan which will highlight specific sector level interventions to bolster India’s march towards becoming a USD 5 trillion economy before 2025. The focused plans will be on boosting services sector contribution to USD 3 trillion, manufacturing to USD 1 trillion and Agriculture to USD 1 trillion.

NEW DELHI: Counting of votes for assembly election results is underway in five states - Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram.

The Congress on Tuesday hailed it’s in three Hindi heartland states. The Congress appeared set to wrest Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh from the BJP, which was trailing marginally in Madhya Pradesh in a cliffhanger. While Telangana Rashtra  Samiti (TRS) has won in Telangana, the Mizo National Front (MNF) is set to form government in Mizoram, wresting  the state from Congress.

Election result 2018: Votes polled in five assembly elections are being counted today. Will it be a day of upsets, or will happy incumbents be partying with sweets and fireworks? We'll be here to tell you the stories - from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram -- as they unfold.

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on Saturday said it has signed an agreement with Green Climate Fund (GCF) to infuse $100 million into an ambitious project designed to unlock private sector initiatives for creation of rooftop solar power capacity across India.

Though the term financial inclusion is of recent origin, as an idea it has been at the fulcrum of India’s development policy. Milestones like nationalisation of banks, priority-sector lending, promotion of microfinance, interest subvention for agriculture in the past and establishment of MUDRA and the successful implementation of PMJDY in last four years amply demonstrate the policy intent.

PUNE: According to private industry body Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), Indian sugar mills have 39.73 lakh tonnes of sugar till November 30, which is almost similar to the sugar production of 39.14 lakh tonnes during same period of previous year.

According to a release issued by ISMA: "As compared to 450 sugar factories which were crushing sugarcane last year on November 30, 2017, 415 sugar mills are crushing sugarcane on November 30, 2018 this year."

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