Seeds

  • Government announces diesel, seed subsidy in droughthit areas August 7, 2014

    New Delhi: With rainfall deficit still prevalent in most parts of the country, government on Thursday announced a diesel subsidy for irrigation in states where rainfall shortage is more than 50 per cent to protect the standing kharif crops. Besides diesel subsidy, the government has raised the...
  • Tracking Monsoon: Need to increase the seed production, says Food Policy Analyst July 12, 2014

    Food Policy Analyst Devendra Sharma said "the government says that they have several contingency plans that they are to incorporate, but to my knowledge these plans already exist in states like Punjab." ...
  • Congress MLAs stage walkout over sal seeds scam February 17, 2014

    Main opposition Congress on Monday staged a walkout from the Chhattisgarh Assembly as they were dissatisfied with the Chief Minster's reply on their demand for tabling report of the probe committee on sal seeds scam in the House. Raising the issue during Question Hour, senior Congress legislator Satyanarayan Sharma sought to...
  • Seed Vigilance Committee to be set up in Rajasthan February 6, 2014

    The Rajasthan government will set up a Seed Vigilance Committee to ensure qualitative and quantitative availability of seeds to farmers, the state Assembly was informed on Monday. The Committee will take up complaints on poor quality seeds distributed to farmers in last three years and report to the government, Agriculture Minister...
  • Farmers affected by import of poppy seeds from Turkey January 24, 2014

    Unable to get a good price for their cultivation of poppy seeds because of its import from Turkey, the farmers of Malwa and Mewar region have taken up the issue with higherups seeking help to end their woes. Poppy seeds, popularly known as 'khuskhus', are primarily used for value addition in...
  • Chargesheet against me is humiliating: Khemka to Haryana government October 22, 2013

    Gurgaon: Haryana cadre IAS officer Ashok Khemka has questioned the state government's decision to act against him in an alleged case when he was the Managing Director of Haryana Seed Development Corporation. Khemka, who has been chargesheeted for low sales of seeds during his tenure at Haryana Seed Development Corporation,...
  • Preliminary enquiry by CBI to probe Khemka's wheat scam claims October 18, 2013

    Chandigarh: The CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry into the alleged irregularity in the purchase of wheat seeds by the Haryana Seed Development Corporation. The complaint into irregularities was lodged by the former Managing Director of HSDC, Ashok Khemka. Allegations are that the National Cooperative Consumers Federation and NAFED supplied...
  • Seed scam: ExAgriculture minister Satyanand Bhokta arrested October 18, 2013

    Former Jharkhand Agriculture Minister and BJP leader Satyanand Bhokta was on Thursday arrested by a team of vigilance sleuths, two days after the state vigilance bureau grilled him in connection with the purchase of seeds when he was the minister. "He (Bhokta) has been arrested in seed scam," Superintendent of Police...
  • Haryana govt gives the go ahead for charging Khemka in a case of seeds sales October 17, 2013

    New Delhi: After the controversy over Robert Vadra's land deals, whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka has cried foul yet again after the Haryana government gave a go ahead to file another chargesheet against him. Khemka will be chargesheeted for low sales of seeds when he was the Managing Director of...
  • Seed scam: State vigilance bureau questions former Agriculture Minister October 16, 2013

    Ranchi: Former Jharkhand Agriculture Minister and BJP leader Satyanand Bhokta was questioned on Tuesday by the state vigilance bureau in connection with the purchase of seeds between 2003 and 2005. "He (Bhokta) came around 11 am and was questioned regarding irregularities in the purchase of seeds, a senior official with the...
  • JMM MLA Nalin Soren can attend ongoing assembly session: High Court July 27, 2013

    Jharkhand High Court on Friday allowed JMM MLA Nalin Soren, now in judicial custody in connection with Rs 26 crore seed scam, to attend the ongoing assembly session. The single bench of Justice R R Prasad allowed a petition moved by the MLA seeking permission to attend the session, which ends...
  • Rajasthan government took several profarmer steps :Gehlot April 14, 2013

    Jaipur: The state government has taken several steps in favour of farmers, including no increase in power tariff for five years, but the opposition BJP has labelled us as antifarmers, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Saturday. "An important decision of not increasing the power tariff for farmers for...
  • Bihar's tilkut makers' global dreams January 22, 2013

    Patna/Gaya: Tilkut or bars of sesame seeds a sweet cracker made by mixing the seeds either with jaggery or sugar that is indelibly linked to Gaya, the birthplace of Buddhism, has been growing patrons not only in Bihar, but also in neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh, and...
  • Film on farmers' suicide being shown in Vidarbha November 16, 2012

    Nagpur: 'Bitter Seeds', a documentary film produced by USbased filmmaker Micha Peled on the agrarian crisis of cotton growers and their plight, is being shown in Vidarbha region. "Every 30 minutes, a farmer in the country kills himself in despair because he no longer can provide for his family. The documentary film...
  • Anjali Menon on her award winning film 'Manjadikuru' November 8, 2012

    Malayalam film 'Manjadikuru' or 'Lucky Red Seeds' finally released in theatres across the country on Friday. Here's filmmaker Anjali Menon about her critically acclaimed and international award winning debut film. ...
  • BhupathiBopanna seeded sixth in French Open May 28, 2012

    Paris: Battling to be in the top 10 before the June 11 cutoff mark for the London Olympics, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna were drawn against the French team of Marc Gicquel and Edouard RogerVasselin in their men's doubles opening round of the French Open. Bopanna and Bhupathi, ranked 12th and...
  • Brazil, Spain, Britain kept apart in Olympic draw April 24, 2012

    London: Brazil, Spain, Britain and Mexico have been chosen as seeded teams for the men's Olympic soccer tournament and will be kept apart at Tuesday's groupstages draw. The draw will separate European and Latin American teams. In the 12team women's draw, Olympic champions United States, world champions Japan and Britain are...
  • Ban on edible oil exports extended till Sept 2012 September 28, 2011

    New Delhi: The government on Wednesday extended ban on export of edible oils by one more year till September 2012 but exempted export of edible oil in branded consumer packs with a ceiling of 10,000 tonnes. "Now the ban on export of edible oil is extended up to September 30,...
  • Hillary talks of farmer suicides, fighting hunger July 23, 2009

    New Delhi: US Secreatry of State, Hillary Clinton was in the National Agriculture Science Centre on July 19 where she stressed on the problem of global hunger, saying that India could play a lead role in alleviating world hunger. CNNIBN Correspondent Rupashree Nanda asked her about the wisdom of pushing...
  • US bombs poppy crop to cut Taliban drug ties July 21, 2009

    Kabul: The US military bombed about 300 tonnes of poppy seeds in a dusty field in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday in a dramatic show of force designed to break up the Taliban's connection to heroin. The air strike occurred midday in Helmand province and was observed by CNN's Ivan Watson, who...
  • Andhra govt to cloud seed once monsoon arrives June 29, 2009

    Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh: For farmers in Andhra, the wait for rains seems endless. It's not just the farmers, even the state government is waiting for the monsoon. Because once the first monsoon clouds are spotted, it will start cloud seeding. However, does cloud seeding actually assist in bringing rainfall? "In...
  • Don't worry, no drought like situation: Pawar June 28, 2009

    New Delhi: Brushing aside fears of a drought, union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Sunday said that though the monsoon rains have been delayed this year, there is "no droughtlike situation". "There is no drought like situation because of the delay in the monsoon and the losses would be compensated in...
  • Dalai Lama expresses grief over SF torch protests April 11, 2008

    Seattle: The Dalai Lama arrived in the United States on Thursday for the first time since the recent turmoil in Tibet, serenaded by fellow Tibetans as he prepared to anchor an ambitious conference on compassion. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader came here a day after demonstrators disrupted the Olympic torch run...
  • In Pics: Doomsday Vault opened in Norway February 27, 2008

    A "doomsday" seed vault built to protect millions of food crops from climate change, wars and natural disasters opened Tuesday deep within an Arctic mountain in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. ...
  • Sania starts Australian Open campaign seeded 31st January 10, 2008

    New Delhi: India's number one women's tennis player Sania Mirza has been seeded 31 in the first Grand Slam of the year the Australian Open beginning on January 14 in Melbourne. Sania has been seeded according to her position in the WTA ranking charts. Being seeded would help Sania avoid...
  • US Open: Federer, Henin top seeds, Sania 26th August 21, 2007

    New Delhi: India's Sania Mirza, who is 28th in the WTA singles rankings, has been seeded 26th at the US Open, which starts in New York next week. Sania has had a very good run in the singles in the past few weeks after recovering from a ligament tear in her...
  • Bamboo seed is Viagra for Mizos June 30, 2007

    Aizawl: It can tweak the fertility of rats, believe many in Mizoram. Now nutrientrich bamboo seeds are going straight from the jungle to the Mizo menu and even the bedroom! In Mizoram, bamboo seeds that appear after a riotous flowering of the tall grass every 50 years are considered a harbinger...
  • Sania Mirza top seed at Morocco Open June 20, 2007

    Fes (Morocco): Sania Mirza has become the first Indian to be seeded number one in a WTA event after she was given top billing in both the singles and doubles competitions of the $145,000 Morroco Open starting on Monday. The 20yearold Indian, out of action for the past two months due...
  • In Punjab village, everyone loves BT June 20, 2007

    Harkishanpura (Punjab): Everybody in Harkishanpura village, located in southern Punjab, swears by BT cotton. But it was also this village that was put up for sale by its residents not too long ago when the crops had failed. Five years ago in a meeting, the villagers decided to put...
  • Govt's Seeds Bill overlooks farmers December 17, 2006

    New Delhi: The Standing Committee has clearly stated that the UPA Governments Seeds Bill 2004 is antifarmer. This is an antifarmer bill and procorporate bill and the farmer is at the receiving end, says member, Standing Committee, Agriculture, M P Veerendra Kumar. The Standing Committee Report fears more private players in the...