Rice

  • India to lose top rice exporter spot to Thailand after poor monsoon 5 days ago

    Mumbai/Bangkok: Thailand is set to reclaim its status as the world's top rice exporter as weak monsoon rains curb India's crop, helping the Southeast Asian country's new military government offload bulging stockpiles. Fewer Indian exports would allow Bangkok to win better prices for the grain that it has been selling at...
  • Punjab government slashes cess on purchase of basmati June 18, 2014

    Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Wednesday said that it has decided to slash the cess levied on the purchase of basmati from 0.25 to 0.10 per cent. The money collected through this cess is meant for cancer and drug de-addiction treatment (CADA) fund. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal took the decision...
  • Zoo animals get coolers, special diet to beat the heat May 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Providing animals with desert coolers, special pools to wallow in, water-rich diet of fruits like watermelon and electrolyte fluids are some of the special steps taken by the Delhi zoo authorities to bring relief from the searing heat. Apart from special arrangements in their enclosures, significant changes in...
  • Ousted Thailand PM indicted over rice subsidy programme May 8, 2014

    Bangkok: Thailand's anti-graft commission indicted ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday on charges of dereliction of duty in overseeing a widely criticized rice subsidy program, a day after a court forced her from office. Yingluck was accused of allowing the rice program, a flagship policy of her administration, to proceed...
  • German to make documentary on Bihar farmer March 1, 2014

    A German has come all the way to a village in Bihar's Nalanda district to make a documentary on a farmer who set a paddy cultivation record. "We are here to shoot a documentary film on life of Sumant Kumar, his farming technique and lifestyle," said Munich-based journalist Vetina Vez, who...
  • Police seize 68 rice sacks of PDS being taken for illegal sale December 28, 2013

    Police on Friday seized 68 sacks of rice of Public Distribution system taken for illegal sale in market in Bihar's Nawada district. On a tip off, the police stopped a tractor laden with 68 sacks of rice taken to market for illegal sale, police sources said. The tractor driver was arrested while...
  • Gujarat riots no longer an issue, left the past behind: Condoleezza Rice December 10, 2013

    Speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate this week, former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice said, "I think we have put behind us the past and we have established the foundation for the future and now it's a matter of pursuing on a consistent basis at all levels in...
  • US will work with Narendra Modi if he becomes PM: Condoleezza Rice December 10, 2013

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party, riding high on its victory in the recent assembly elections, has more reason to cheer. In a major boost to BJP Prime Ministerial Narendra Modi, former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice claimed the Gujarat riots were no longer an issue and the US...
  • India-US share a common goal of curbing terrorism, Condoleezza Rice December 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Former US secretary of State Condoleezza Rice assured India that the United States is together with India in its demand for bringing an end to terrorism. "There is no justification of taking innocent lives. India-US share a common goal of curbing terrorism," she said. Speaking at the HT Leadership...
  • Obama aims to make partnership with India more transformative: US November 21, 2013

    Washington: United States and India have developed a "valued global partnership" over the past one decade and US President Barack Obama aims to make the next decade even more transformative, a top presidential aide has said. "By 2030, India is projected to have the largest population of any country in the...
  • Ganesh Chaturthi special: How to make modaks September 8, 2013

    Mumbai: On this auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, CNN-IBN correspondent Priya Hingorani paid a visit to Aswaad sweet shop in Dadar, Mumbai. Traditionally, Modaks are rice dumplings stuffed with jaggery and coconut mix, but innovation has brought a whole new range of modaks to offer. Ganpat Rane who has been...
  • Manmohan Singh to meet Obama on September 27 August 21, 2013

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet US President Barack Obama at the White House on September 27, during which they will chart a course to enhance bilateral ties and defence cooperation. The announcement came after National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon met his US counterpart Susan Rice and US Defence Secretary Chuck...
  • 'Anna Bhagya' scheme launched; set to drain state budget with Rs 4,000 cr July 10, 2013

    Bangalore: Two months into power, the Congress kept its poll sop with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah launching the Anna Bhagya scheme. Although, the scheme is costing the government over rupees 4,000 crore, the government is already thinking of adding variety to its free meals. "Though we are giving out rice, there is...
  • Karnataka launches Anna Bhagya scheme for BPL families July 10, 2013

    Bangalore: The Congress government of Karnataka has started the Anna Bhagya scheme from Wednesday under which 30 kg of rice per month will be given to BPL (below poverty line) families across the state from today at Re 1 per kg. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had announced the scheme after taking...
  • Congress to expose Odisha's rice subsidy scheme July 3, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: The Congress' Odisha unit on Tuesday said it will launch a state wide campaign from July 11 against the Biju Janata Dal government over the "irregularities" in the subsidized rice scheme in the state. Party unit president Jayadeb Jena said the Naveen Patnaik government has claimed to be providing 25...
  • Susan Rice joins White House as National Security Advisor July 2, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama's confidant Susan Rice, the former US Ambassador to the United Nations, has joined the White House as the National Security Advisor. Rice (48), who replaces Tom Donilon, would be the top advisor to President Obama on all national security and foreign policies. "Truly honoured to...
  • Obama names outspoken Susan Rice as his security adviser June 6, 2013

    Washington: Defying Republican critics, President Barack Obama named outspoken diplomat Susan Rice as his national security adviser on Wednesday, giving her a larger voice in US foreign policy despite accusations that she misled the nation in the aftermath of the deadly attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya. The appointment, along with...
  • Cong alleges rampant corruption and plunder of BPL rice May 20, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: Alleging rampant corruption and plundering of BPL rice, minerals and from gullibles through chitfund during BJD rule in Odisha, Congress on Sunday claimed it would capture power in the next polls by dumping the Naveen Patnaik government in Bay of Bengal. Addressing a function to accord a reception to...
  • Cabinet likely to clear Food Bill on Tuesday March 18, 2013

    New Delhi: The Cabinet is all set to meet again to consider and possibly clear United Progressive Alliance's ambitious Food Bill. No decision could be passed on Monday since two Cabinet ministers P Chidambaram and AK Antony were not present. If it goes through, the Bill will guarantee rice at Rs...
  • Food inflation negative for India credit ratings: Moody's March 18, 2013

    Mumbai: India's high food inflation is a negative for the country's sovereign ratings as it filters through the broader economy, with adverse consequences for growth and the large fiscal and current account deficits, Moody's said on Monday. Moody's Investors Service is the only one of the three major credit agencies to...
  • India trumps Pakistan's Iran rice trade boom with oil rupees March 9, 2013

    Iran's oil export revenues are helping Indian rice exporters to claw back some of the lucrative business lost to cross-border truckers in Pakistan as a result of Western sanctions. Indian rice exports direct to Iran have bounced back, thanks to shippers being paid up front in rupees from a huge pool...
  • UN to vote on new North Korea sanction today March 7, 2013

    United Nations: The UN Security Council, ignoring threats from North Korea, is set to impose a fourth round of even tougher sanctions against Pyongyang in a fresh attempt to rein in its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, the current council president, said the council will...
  • Covered storage for food grain big challenge for govt March 16, 2013

    New Delhi: Despite government's promises to build more godowns for food grain storage, India has no space to store at least one-third of the 900 lakh metric tonnes of rice and wheat that is expected to be ready by June, 2013. Stark images from 2012 highlighted the acute lack of...
  • Hillary top contender for 2016 US president poll: Survey February 15, 2013

    Washington: Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has emerged as the frontrunner for the 2016 presidential race, according to a new survey. The latest Fox News poll asks the simple question, "Would this person make a good president?" Out of a dozen potential 2016 candidates, the top two picks...
  • Former South Africa players criticize CSA February 8, 2013

    Johannesburg: Pained by CSA's refusal to honour two deceased players with a minute's silence, former players have launched a scathing attack on the national cricket board and Clive Rice even asked Cricket South Africa to stay away from his funeral in future. CSA refused to observe a minute's silence in the...
  • Odisha launches Rs 1 per kg rice scheme for poor February 3, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday launched a Rs 1 per kg rice scheme for poor people in Odisha from the Maoist dominated district of Malkangiri, an official said. According to the scheme, the government will provide 25 kg of rice at Rs 1 per kg every month to every...
  • 7 kg free rice to 'very poor' families: Cong manifesto January 28, 2013

    Agartala: Opposition Congress on Sunday released its election manifesto promising to provide seven kg rice per family every month free of cost to people of very poor category. Those belonging to BPL category would get 35 kg of rice per family per month at Re 1 a kg if the...
  • US State Dept made mistake over Benghazi: Senate report January 1, 2013

    Washington: The State Department made a "grievous mistake" in keeping the US mission in Benghazi open despite inadequate security and increasingly alarming threat assessments in the weeks before a deadly attack by militants, a Senate committee said on December 31. A report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee on the...
  • Kerala tackles rising rice prices amid Oppn fire December 18, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Even as the Congress-led government in Kerala tries hard to bring down skyrocketing prices of rice, Left parties have decided to take on the government over the issue. Rice is considered the staple food in the southern state but in the last four years, prices of the grain have...
  • Obama to nominate Kerry to head State Department December 16, 2012

    Washington: US President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, a source familiar with the process said on Saturday. Kerry, the Democratic nominee for president in 2004 and a stalwart Obama supporter, had been widely tipped...