Livelihoods News

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.

The 10th edition of the BRICS Summit will take place in Johannesburg on Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending it to culminate his three-leg Africa tour. Modi will be looking to use this opportunity to further his 'make in India' mission and bring together the member nations on a common ground against terrorism and trade wars.

Himachal Pradesh Cheif Minister Jairam Thakur has said that his government aims to upgrade the state's connectivity with the plains to give a boost to the industry and tourism.

In an exclusive interview with India TV Digital, the 52-year-old veteran BJP leader said that his government has been working to ensure ample opportunities for industries, agriculture and tourism to ensure that the people of the state do not have to migrate for employment and education opportunities.

The Union Cabinet will consider tomorrow a proposal to increase the minimum price that sugar mills are required to pay to cane growers by Rs 20 to Rs 275 per quintal for the next marketing year starting October, according to sources. 

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) is scheduled to meet tomorrow and is likely to consider a proposal to fix the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane for the 2018-19 marketing year, they added. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Gujarat on July 20 had been cancelled following heavy rains in the coastal Saurashtra and southern Gujarat. The Prime Minister was scheduled to inaugurate several projects in Valsad, Junagadh and Gandhinagar but all events had been cancelled.

“Prime Minister Modi’s Gujarat visit scheduled on July 20 stands cancelled in view of prevailing situation and bad weather,” a State government official said.