BUDGET CARAVAN

  • Internet brings prosperity for farmers February 23, 2007

    Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh: Four years ago Ichnapur used to be like any other village farmers were steeped in poverty and debt. Today the world is at its fingertips with an ITC echoupal. An echoupal is an Internet caf that ITC has set up. The farmers of Ichnapur get together once...
  • Bihar villages forgotten in eco boom February 21, 2007

    Patna: Travel to rural Bihar and Jharkhand, and you can't miss one of these. No, It's not merely a rural gathering, but a 10day long cattle fair right on the JharkhandBihar highway. A school premise is the venue for the event and people from over 40 villages have travelled for...
  • Industries a bane for Bihar villages February 20, 2007

    (Gaya) Bihar/ (Jharsuguda) Orissa: 200 kilometers from one of India's poorest districts, Kalahandi, is western Orissa's industrial hub Sambalpur. In the vicinity lies Jharsuguda district where many large corporations have either set up units or are buying land. Near a large steel unit is a village where the steel...
  • Storage dilemma hits turmeric trade February 19, 2007

    Sangli: The Rs 500crore turmeric market of Sangli, the turmeric city of India, supplies the golden gleam to numerous Indian bridestobe. Every year over a 1,000 tonnes of turmeric arrive at Sangli from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and other parts of Maharashtra where it's auctioned, processed, packed and packed away. The...
  • Small companies axed by fringe tax February 13, 2007

    New Delhi: Arun Gumber is working on his latest campaign, to launch his own brand of speakers across the country. His company Akriti Plastics, which until last year only supplied hardware to other IT companies, has a big plans, and a budget to match. "Direct marketing expenses involve exhibitions, travelling,...
  • Free trade: farmers' pride, millers' envy February 12, 2007

    Gulbaraga: Taking a closer look at how the economy's faring at the grassroots level, our budget caravan crosses into Karnataka, where farmers are smiling in an arid land. The roads are made in hell but Lord Shiva has been kind to the farmer in Gulbarga district, where only red gram grows....