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  • December 12, 2017, Tuesday | Beyond Business

    The fall and rise of Asia

    Book review of 'Asia Reborn: A Continent Rises from the Ravages of Colonialism and War to a New Dynamism'

  • December 25, 2015, Friday | Opinion

    T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan: Modi and economics

    The economists have looked down on the members of the IES and preferred to hang around with the IAS crowd

  • October 04, 2015, Sunday | Opinion

    Debashis Basu: Sebi and black money

    Tax experts tell me that black money generation will slowly die down if that money can't be laundered

  • December 31, 2012, Monday | Opinion

    A K Bhattacharya: Hits, misses and fixes

    And what civil servants can look forward to in 2013

  • June 14, 2012, Thursday | Opinion

    Drought, Act II?

    The correlation between bad monsoons and farm output may be a direct one, but there is also a link with Krishi Bhavan, headquarters of the agriculture ministry. During the last big drought that India faced in 2009 – the worst in three decades ...

  • May 20, 2012, Sunday | Opinion

    A case of piling vacancies

    The secretaries of three prominent ministries — agriculture, coal and food — would be retiring at the end of this month. P K Basu of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation would see his term end in May, along with Alok Perti of ...

  • April 24, 2012, Tuesday | Economy & Policy

    FarmMin expects normal monsoon, FoodMin unsure

    Agriculture secretary P K Basu has said the country could have a normal monsoon this year, while his counterpart in the food ministry, B C Gupta, advised caution.

  • April 18, 2012, Wednesday | Markets

    Rabi crops not affected by recent rains: Basu

    The overall production of wheat and other rabi crops will not be affected due to rains in the last few days in some parts of the country, a top agriculture ministry official said on Tuesday. "In few pockets of Punjab and Haryana, there are ...

  • March 06, 2012, Tuesday | Economy & Policy

    India has no plans to buy farmland abroad: Pawar

    The Indian government has no plans to buy farmland abroad or help private companies do so, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said on Monday, after a local media report said New Delhi was debating the issue.

  • February 19, 2012, Sunday | Economy & Policy

    Godown rule to cover vegetables, fruit

    Warehousing law amendment on cards to allow farmers use storage receipts as security for bank loans

  • February 03, 2012, Friday | Economy & Policy

    Foodgrain output to be record 250 mn tonne this year

    India's foodgrains production, for the second year in a row, is expected to be a record 250.42 million tonne in FY12 crop year, bolstered by a significant contribution from eastern belt, specially Bihar and Jharkhand.

  • December 02, 2011, Friday | Economy & Policy

    Retail FDI guidelines likely only after winter session concludes

    Minutes of Cabinet meeting yet to be issued; no urgency, say officials.

  • November 19, 2011, Saturday | Economy & Policy

    Q&A: P K Chaudhery, Secretary, DIPP

    'Cabinet will now have to take a call'

  • October 29, 2011, Saturday | Beyond Business

    Marathon man

    The Hari Shankar Singhania group (J K Tyre, J K Paper, J K Lakshmi Cement, fanbelt and oil seal maker Fenner and agri-businesses of sugar, dairy products and seeds) is studying how to enter the defence sector and planning a 2x660 MW power project in ...

  • October 11, 2011, Tuesday | Economy & Policy

    Central agriculture schemes to be just eight in 12th Plan

    In a move to rationalise the Centrally Sponsored Schemes under the agriculture ministry, the government will bring down the number of such schemes to just eight from the current 52 in the 12th Five Year Plan that starts from the next financial year.

  • July 20, 2011, Wednesday | Economy & Policy

    Foodgrain production jumps to record 241.56 mt

    Bolstered by record output of rice, wheat and, most important, pulses, India’s foodgrain production in the 2010-11 crop marketing year ending this month is estimated to have jumped to 241.56 million tonnes (mt), 10.75 per cent more than last ...

  • July 20, 2011, Wednesday | Economy & Policy

    Drop in kharif crop acreage to improve

    Agriculture ministry officials are confident the drop in acreage of major kharif crops for the 2011-12 crop season will be recovered in time, as the southwest monsoon has become active in the eastern and western parts of the country.

  • July 06, 2011, Wednesday | Economy & Policy

    'Agri ministry not pushing for grain export'

    Days after Food Minister K V Thomas said his department would not have any objection to opening up grain exports after a gap of more than three years, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar reaffirmed his position taken in May wherein he said the ...

  • July 05, 2011, Tuesday | Economy & Policy

    Below normal rains not to hit foodgrain output

    The forecast of marginally below normal rains would not have any impact on India’s foodgrain production and the government aims to achieve an all-time high output of 245 million tonnes (mt) in 2011-12 crop year.