Livelihoods News

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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday slammed the Congress and other opposition parties for playing politics and shedding crocodile tears for farmers but doing nothing for their welfare. 

Eking out a hand to mouth existence earlier, women in MP’s tribal districts of Mandla and Dindori are now financially and socially empowered, in better health and inspiring others in the region.

Minor millets have bought a major change in the lives of over 5000 women in the tribal districts of Mandla and Dindori, situated some 400 km east of Bhopal. Eking out a hand to mouth existence earlier, they are now financially and socially empowered, in better health and inspiring others in the region.

Financially empowered women are a “bulwark against societal evils”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said while interacting with more than one crore women associated with various self-help groups across the country. “For women empowerment financial independence is necessary. Women are enterprising, they don’t need to be taught, only need to be given opportunities to perform,” he said during the interaction through the ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App.

The thanksgiving rally" in Punjab's Muktsar -- 280 km from state capital Chandigarh -- was organised by the BJP and ally Akali Dal to mark the recent hike in minimum support price for 14 summer crops.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reached out to farmers with an address to a "thanksgiving" rally in Punjab, once known for its "Green Revolution". At the rally attended by thousands, he said he salutes the "hard working farmers from all over the country".

For rice, which is the main foodgrain grown during the kharif season, the area covered till July 5 is around 15 per cent less than last year

Sowing of kharif crops continued to be slack compared to the same period last year primarily due to a lull in the monsoon during June.