Livelihoods News

The government has been working to free the housing sector of corruption and middlemen to ensure people get their own houses without hassle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.

He also said that use of latest technology is ensuring faster building of houses for the poor in rural and urban areas at affordable cost.

The government has done away with the licensing permits for foreign vessels for coastal movement of agriculture, fishery and animal produce, besides allowing Indian citizens to charter ships for these, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said.

The move is also aimed at promoting processing of seafood at Indian hubs under the Sagaramala initiative rather than processing of Indian seafood in Singapore before further exports to countries like Japan.

The NDA government's "achievements" in the farm sector during the last 48 months are much higher when compared to the Congress' 48-year rule since independence, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh claimed today. Listing out the first four years' achievements of the Modi government in the agriculture sector, the minister said the Centre has rolled out several new schemes to boost production and cut input costs with an aim to achieve its target of doubling farmers' income by 2022.

CHENNAI: Minister-counselor for the foreign agricultural service wing of the United States department of agriculture (USDA) Jeanne F Bailey on Tuesday said the US was keen on strenghening cultural relationship between the two countries through agricultural products.

The monsoon and D-Street have one thing in common -- they both are unpredictable. But what is predictable is how the monsoon will impact certain sectors and stocks.

The Indian economy is heavily dependent on monsoon rain, and a normal and well-distributed monsoon usually results in an uptick in farmers' income, which leads to an increase in the demand for consumer and automotive products in the rural market.

NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday raised the import duty from 20% to 30% on wheat with immediate effect. This is to protect domestic growers from sourcing cheaper produce from overseas markets.

The move comes at a time when wheat procurement in the domestic market by the government and private agencies is at peak. This measure is expected to help stem imports of wheat from Ukraine, Russia and Australia.

Paytm Payments Bank has introduced “Paytm AshaKiran”, a new initiative,  to educate women about the financial services and create new employment opportunities across smaller towns and cities in India’s formal banking systems. Paytm Payments Bank  aims to offer skill development opportunities to rural women by training and certifying them to act as banking correspondents, a Paytm Payments Bank statement said. 

PATNA: The state energy department has speeded up the work of constructing agricultural feeders across the state as envisaged under the third phase of agriculture road map (2017-22) of the Nitish Kumar government and the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) of the Centre.

South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (SBPDCL) MD R Lakshmanan told this reporter recently as many as 86 agricultural feeders had already been constructed and the intermediate target was to up this number to 100 by August this year.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a dedicated Rs 5,000-crore fund to bring more land area under micro-irrigation, as part of its objective to boost agriculture production and farmers income.

The Micro Irrigation Fund (MIF), set up under the National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development (NABARD), seeks to provide states financial assistance on concessional rate of interest to promote micro-irrigation – currently, 10 million hectares is under micro-irrigation as against the potential of 70 million hectares.

(CNN) - An estimated 239,000 girls under the age of five die in India each year due to neglect linked to gender discrimination, a new study has found.

The figure, which amounts to 2.4 million deaths a decade, does not include pre-natal mortality rates.

"Gender-based discrimination towards girls doesn't simply prevent them from being born, it may also precipitate the death of those who are born," wrote the study's co-researcher Christophe Guilmoto in the Lancet medical journal.