Mayank Bhardwaj

India steps up efforts to curb locust infestation

5:29pm IST

NEW DELHI Battling its worst desert locust outbreak in decades, India is ordering new equipment to control the swarms before summer crop-sowing gathers pace in the middle of this month.

India to receive above-average monsoon rains, boosting crop output

01 Jun 2020

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI India is likely to receive above average monsoon rainfall for the second straight year in 2020, the state-run weather office said on Monday, raising hopes for higher farm output and a boost for Asia's third-biggest economy as it reels from the new coronavirus.

New wave of locusts raises fear for summer crops in India

26 May 2020

NEW DELHI A new wave of locust attacks has alarmed India's farmers and experts warn of extensive crop losses if authorities fail to curb fast-spreading swarms by June when monsoon rains spur rice, cane, corn, cotton and soybean sowing.

India's farmers gather record wheat crop, but cannot move it

15 May 2020

GHARAUNDA, India Late last month, Sukrampal had to beg and borrow farmhands from nearby villages to gather his part of the country's largest-ever wheat harvest in Haryana state near New Delhi.

India's virus lockdown gives world's most polluted capital clear skies, clean air

21 Apr 2020

NEW DELHI Residents of New Delhi are experiencing the longest spell of clean air on record, according to government data, as a stringent lockdown to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus drastically cuts pollution in the world's most polluted capital.

India's monsoon rains seen average in 2020: weather office

15 Apr 2020

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI India is likely to receive average monsoon rains this year, the state-run weather office said on Wednesday, raising expectations of higher farm output in Asia's third-biggest economy, which is reeling from a coronavirus lockdown.

India says it's ready to tackle rising virus cases, Bangladesh announces farm relief

12 Apr 2020

NEW DELHI/DHAKA India said on Sunday its hospital network is adequately prepared to tackle the spread of the coronavirus, with over 100,000 beds ready to cater to a potential surge in patient numbers.

Bangladesh announces coronavirus farm relief package, India seen extending lockdown

12 Apr 2020

DHAKA/NEW DELHI, April 12 Bangladesh on Sunday announced a relief package worth about $1.7 billion to help farmers struggling because of restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus, with neighbouring India expected to further extend its nationwide lockdown.

India's coronavirus relief plan could leave millions without food aid, activists say

10 Apr 2020

NEW DELHI Tens of millions of Indians stand to see few benefits from a coronavirus relief package worth $22.6 billion, economists and food rights activists say, a scenario that spells catastrophe for Karan Kumar, a struggling day labourer in the capital.

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Tensions rise in U.S. cities after police shot; Trump pushes crackdown

President Donald Trump on Tuesday taunted state governors for not embracing his proposal to send in the U.S. military to quell unrest, hours after five officers were shot and wounded in an escalation of tensions between law enforcement and crowds protesting the killing of a black man in police custody.