Monsoon rains to hit southern India on time, may help sowing


NEW DELHI - India's weather office said on Thursday it expects monsoon rains to hit the southern Kerala coast around May 30, a timely arrival for farmers worried about dry weather from an El Nino weather pattern this year.


A labourer loads a bundle of wheat husk in a tractor-trolley at a field in Punjab, India, May 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ajay Verma/Files

For Modi's year-old government, storm brewing in rural India

Just one year after taking office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing a challenge that could come to haunt him - the farm sector that sustains three-fifths of the population is in deep trouble, and he is being blamed for not doing enough.  Full Article