Harvest

  • Nation celebrates Makar Sankranti, Pongal January 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Two major harvest festivals, Makar Sankranti and Pongal are being celebrated across the country on Tuesday. While it is known as Makar Sankranti in northern regions of India, down South, the festival is celebrated by the name Pongal in Tamil Nadu. Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of the...
  • Pranab Mukherjee greets people on Onam as families gear up to celebrate the festival September 16, 2013

    President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday greeted people on the eve of the start of Onam festivities, and said the occasion, the harvest festival of Kerala, marks the joyous completion of human efforts. "On the festive occasion of Onam, I convey my heartiest greetings and best wishes to fellow countrymen, especially to...
  • The King's Harvest by Chetan Raj is a brilliant debut September 6, 2013

    When I first saw this book, I fell in love with its cover. I would have brought this book just because of its cover, if I had not received its review copy from Aleph Book Company, the publisher. The King's Harvest by Chetan Raj Shrestha offers two extremely well written...
  • Bumper monsoon season shows signs of waning September 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Monsoon rains should continue to be weaker than average again next week, suggesting an early end to the season, weather officials said on Thursday, but with summer crops well established, there should be little impact on harvests. The monsoon, crucial for the 55 percent of Indian farmland that does...
  • Rains damage harvested paddy left in open in Odisha June 17, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: Incessant rains damaged hundreds of bags of harvested paddy left under the open skies in three Odisha districts of Kalahandi, Rayagada and Koraput, officials said on Sunday. The rain lashed many parts of the state during the past four days -- as the monsoon set in across the state...
  • For drought-hit states, on-track monsoon may be too late April 24, 2013

    Jamwadi: India may be heading for another bumper grain harvest, if the first forecast for this year's monsoon proves correct, but the rain may be too little - and too late - for southern and western states already parched by the worst drought in four decades. Although 2012 monsoon rains were,...
  • Farmers hail FDI as politicians continue to fight September 16, 2012

    Hapur: The SMS from Sunhara Walmart is the gateway for modern retail and better prices for 54-year-old Santosh Lata and 150 other farmers of Hapur on the suburbs of Delhi. Santosh and many other women like her get on to harvesting vegetables from their farm, load them in bullock-cart and...
  • Consumers feel the pinch as flour prices go up September 7, 2012

    New Delhi: Adding more to the woes of the common man, the price of wheat flour has shot up by at least Rs 4 per kilo in the past week. The price rise is evident almost across the country and consumers are feeling the pinch. In Delhi, a kilo of...
  • Onam eve sees rocketing flower prices August 27, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: On the eve of Kerala's biggest festival Onam, prices of flowers have shot up as making floral carpets is the most striking feature of the harvest festival. Kerala depends largely on neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu for flowers such as gomphrena ('Vadamalli' in local parlance), crossandra (Kanakambaram), marigold (jamanthi), chrysanthemum...
  • Bangalore: Who cares about rain water harvesting? July 26, 2012

    Bangalore: The officials of Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) seem to have forgotten the deadline given to residents and commercial establishments to install rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems in buildings measuring 40x60 feet. The official deadline ended on March 31. The board, which had threatened to disconnect water and...
  • India may offer wheat to firms, poor as stocks rot June 15, 2012

    New Delhi: The government appears likely to offer 3 million tonnes of wheat to commercial biscuit makers and flour mills and another 10 million tonnes at cheap prices to the poor before its huge stockpiles start to rot. A ministers' meeting to decide on offering wheat to businesses, including biscuit maker...
  • Farmers sacrifice girl for better harvest January 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Two men have been arrested for allegedly killing a seven-year-old girl and cutting out her liver in a ritual sacrifice to ensure a better harvest. Lalita Tati disappeared in October and her dismembered remains were found a week later, Rajendra Narayan Das, a senior police officer in Bijapur...
  • Discus thrower Poonia wins gold in Portland October 13, 2011

    New Delhi: Commonwealth Games gold medallist Krishna Poonia on Thursday won gold in women's discus throw event in the Harvest Throw Meet in Portland, United States. Poonia came up with her season's best throw of 59.39m but her effort fell short of 2012 London Olympics qualification 'B' standard of 59.50m. She began...
  • India celebrates the harvest season January 15, 2011

    In different parts of the country, people are celebrating Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Bihu and Uttaraayan. ...
  • Bumper winter crop production expected: Report September 9, 2010

    New Delhi: The monsoons in India herald good news as well as bad. India's Agriculture Secretary has said that with excessive rain, while there are reports of floods, there's also an expectation of bumper crop production. Water levels have gone beyond the 10-year average and increased soil moisture. India, the...
  • No water connection for new homes in Bangalore July 23, 2010

    Bangalore: Offices and newly constructed homes in the city are now forced to fall back on water tankers and rain harvesting as the City Water Supply Board says there is no water for new apartments and offices. Katta Subramanya Naidu, Minister for Bangalore Water Supply Board, said, "We're not in a...
  • Watch: India celebrates the harvest time January 14, 2010

    Its been called the short cut to Nirvana. A single act of faith that could cleanse the sins of a thousand lifetimes. A unique kaleidoscope of colour and motion - the sacred and the surreal - the Kumbh. ...
  • Maha Kumbh: Has the God industry destroyed spirituality? January 14, 2010

    The Maha Kumbh mela begins from January 14 in Haridwar. The Kumbh is noted for its spectacular religiosity and massive crowds. Over 30 million people are supposed to have gathered for the Maha Kumbh in 2001. The Kumbh, also noted for its Orientalist imagery levitating yogis, naked naga babas, snake charmers,...
  • Mahakumbh Mela begins January 14, 2010

    Haridwar: To the resonating sound of Vedic hymns, conch shells, cymbals and temple bells, the first snan, or holy dip, of the Mahakumbh Mela at Haridwar began in the early hours of January 14, the day when India celebrated the Makara Sankranti. Thousands of pilgrims from India, and across the...
  • Israel harvested organs in '90s without permission December 21, 2009

    Jerusalem: Israel has admitted that in the 1990s, its forensic pathologists harvested organs from dead bodies, including Palestinians, without permission of their families. The issue emerged with publication of an interview with the then-head of Israel's Abu Kabir forensic institute, Dr Jehuda Hiss. The interview was conducted in 2000 by an...
  • Watch: Device to capture energy while walking August 31, 2009

    With every step you take, the body creates energy that usually goes to waste... until now. A device designed to capture energy during walking. ...
  • Israel fumes, tabloid alleges troops stole organs August 23, 2009

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called for the Swedish government to condemn an article in a Stockholm newspaper suggesting Israeli troops harvested the organs of Palestinians they killed. An official present at the weekly session of the Israeli Cabinet said Netanyahu told his ministers he did not expect...
  • Harvest Hungama: India celebrates the harvest season January 15, 2009

    New Delhi: It's Pongal in Tamil Nadu and Makar Sankranti in many other parts of the country. Here is a look at the Harvest Hungama from all over India. ...
  • Pongal celebrations in Tamil Nadu, thanking nature January 15, 2009

    Chennai: Rice, jaggery and dal boils over-a metaphor for joy and happiness spilling over in life as well. On the day of thanksgiving, people across Tamil Nadu offered prayers to the Sun God for a generous harvest. But festivities do not end there-Thursday is Mattu Pongal' the big day when...
  • Sankranti, devotees at Sabrimala view the Makarajyoti January 15, 2009

    Sabrimala: For lakhs of pilgrims at Lord Ayappa's temple in sabarimala, the appearance of the makarajyoti on the horizon is the moment they were all waiting for amidst chants of Swamiye saranam Ayappa Bite of Sridhar Guruswamy : ( bite in Kannada, DP please help ) : ( old man with...
  • Kolams, the designs that Tamil Nadu has on the world January 14, 2009

    Chennai: As Tamil Nadu celebrates Pongal on Wednesday, it is also a time for partaking the traditional sweets and etching out beautiful kolam designs in the courtyards. The beautiful kolams are drawings or patterns made on the ground or floor with the help of fine rock or flour powder. The...
  • Watch: Festivities across the country to mark the harvest season January 13, 2009

    Pongal, Sankranti and Bihu celebrations across the country, lakhs of Tamilians across the globe begin their three-day Pongal celebrations on Wednesday. A good Monsoon and a good crop have brought cheer to the people of Tamil Nadu. Pongal is traditionally celebrated with colourful Rangoli and a grand feast. ...
  • Science on their side, they help elephants, rivers September 7, 2008

    Dr Arun Zachariah, Ravi Aggarwal and Rajendra Singh are the scientific face of environmentalism. Their work for the environment is based on research, expertise and knowledge. Zachariah is a vet at the Wynad Life Sanctuary, India’s largest elephant sanctuary in Kerala. Delhi-based Aggarwal is the founder of research and advocacy...
  • Saurashtra rainmaker rejuvenates drought-prone land September 6, 2008

    New Delhi: As part of the special series, Green Heroes, CNN-IBN profiles people who are making a difference to save the environment. This week we get you the inspiring story of Shamjibai, also known as the rainmaker of Gujarat. Using simple technologies, Shamjibai has ensured that the wells of...
  • Retail food prices up but wholsale rates tumble April 22, 2008

    New Delhi: Commodity prices have seen a sharp rise since last year. But reports suggest that in the past one month where wholesale prices have come down, the retail prices have shot up drastically. In Delhi, 100 kilos of rice is now costing Rs 2300 as compared to Rs 2100 in March...