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India

Mayank Bhardwaj

Firecrackers and reluctant authorities: Delhi's smog set to worsen

19 Oct 2018

NEW DELHI With a toxic smog beginning to envelop New Delhi as winter approaches, residents of the Indian capital are set to make matters a lot worse by burning hundreds of thousands of firecrackers to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali early next month.

Insight: The burning truth - as farmers set fire to fields, Delhi braces for choking smog

18 Oct 2018

SHAHJAHANPUR, India Hours after a mechanised harvester chugged through the rice paddy, flames and a thick plume of black smoke rose into the twilight sky in Haryana as farmers burned the residue to prepare for the next season's planting. | Video

The burning truth: as farmers set fire to fields, Delhi braces for choking smog

18 Oct 2018

SHAHJAHANPUR, India Hours after a mechanized harvester chugged through the rice paddy, flames and a thick plume of black smoke rose into the twilight sky in India's northern Haryana state as farmers burned the residue to prepare for the next season's planting. | Video

India aims to cut stubble burning in key states by 70 percent, but experts sceptical

17 Oct 2018

NEW DELHI India aims to reduce stubble burning, a major source of pollution during the winter months, by 70 percent in its top two farm states this year, a top government official said on Tuesday, but experts questioned whether the target was credible.

India cuts fuel tax, refinery prices to ease pain of rising crude, weak rupee

05 Oct 2018

NEW DELHI India is cutting prices of petrol and diesel by 2.50 rupees ($0.03) a litre, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday, the government's latest step to tackle the impact of a sharp rise in crude oil prices and a weak local currency.

Deepening farm crisis in India could hurt Modi's re-election bid

04 Oct 2018

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI The financial squeeze on India's farmers is set to worsen because of record high fuel prices and surging costs of fertilisers, posing a challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an election that must be held by May.

Indian government raises winter crop prices ahead of 2019 elections

03 Oct 2018

NEW DELHI The Indian government raised state-mandated prices for winter crops such as wheat and rapeseed on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to defuse discontent among farmers ahead of elections in 2019.

Police fire tear gas, water cannon to break up farmers' protest

02 Oct 2018

NEW DELHI Police on Tuesday fired teargas and water cannons to halt and scatter a march by thousands of protesting farmers heading for the capital New Delhi to demand better prices for their produce. | Video

Indian cabinet approves incentives for 2018/19 sugar exports

26 Sep 2018

NEW DELHI India's cabinet on Wednesday approved incentives to encourage cash-strapped mills to export sugar in the 2018/19 season, a government statement said on Wednesday, part of efforts to trim bulging domestic stockpiles.

As U.S.-China trade row grows, India urges China to drop meal import ban: sources

20 Sep 2018

XIAN/NEW DELHI India has urged China to drop a years-long ban on rapeseed meal imports from the South Asian nation at a meeting with government officials and feedmakers as it aims to boost sales of critical farm goods amid growing U.S.-China trade tensions.

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