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Maoists push farmers to grow marijuana


August 17th, 2012 - 4:43 pm ICT by IANS
Raipur, Aug 17 (IANS) Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region is fast turning into a hotspot for growing marijuana with Maoist guerrillas making farmers switch to the cash crop, say police officials."Maoists ... Read more...

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Probe agriculture ministry’s role in clearing Bt Cotton: Parliament panel


August 12th, 2012 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) A parliamentary panel has called for an in-depth probe into the agriculture ministry's role in the government's decision to approve the commercial release of Bt ... Read more...

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Bt Cotton has benefited farmers, raised yield: Study


June 7th, 2012 - 7:44 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 7 (IANS) Cotton production in India has risen with the use of the hybrid Bt cotton seeds, benefitting farmers and helping the country to become net exporter ... Read more...

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Cheers for cherry lovers with bountiful Himachal crop


May 27th, 2012 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, May 27 (IANS) Cherry lovers can expect a good supply of the luscious fruit this season. Good production of red cherries has once again brought cheers on the faces ... Read more...

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Kerosene to combat African snails in Kerala


August 10th, 2011 - 4:40 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 10 (IANS) First sighted in Kerala about five years ago, Giant African Snails have now become a permanent headache across the state. But locals have found a remedy ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

The bitter-sweet story of sugar (IANS Book Review)


March 10th, 2011 - 9:28 am ICT by IANS
Book: "Sugar Changed The World - A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science"; Author: Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos; Publisher: Clarion Books; Pages: 166; Price: $20.Sugar was the oil ... Read more...

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Bihar farmer becomes Nepal’s leading arms dealer


March 4th, 2011 - 3:10 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, March 4 (IANS) A 34-year-old farmer from India's Bihar state who found that guns were the best "cash crop" and became Nepal's leading illegal individual arms dealer has been ... Read more...

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Chemical compounds in trees can fight deadly MRSA


February 23rd, 2011 - 5:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 23 (ANI): A University of Missouri researcher has found an antibiotic in the Eastern Red Cedar tree that is effective against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)-a 'superbug' that is resistant to ... Read more...

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Himachal wants to start lilium cultivation


September 26th, 2010 - 7:28 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, Sep 26 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh would explore the possibility of cultivating lilium as a cash crop in the cold deserts of Lahaul and Spiti. Speaking at the foundation day of the Council ... Read more...

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Priest Who Gave His Blessing To Evo Morales Found With Cocaine


August 1st, 2010 - 7:49 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work
August 1, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Valentin Mejillones happens to be an Aymara priest of Bolivia. He had given his blessing to the Bolivian President, Evo Morales, at a swearing ... Read more...

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Emami to launch babycare products, buy Egyptian healthcare unit


August 1st, 2010 - 1:56 pm ICT by IANS
By Aparajita Gupta Kolkata, Aug 1 (IANS) The $675-million diversified Emami Group has decided to acquire a healthcare unit in Egypt to tap the fast-growing African market. It will start growing jatropha there ... Read more...

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Jute’s genome sequencing opens new prospects: Bangladesh PM


June 17th, 2010 - 1:51 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, June 17 (IANS) Bangladeshi scientists have successfully sequenced genomes of jute, creating new potentials for its production, conservation and characterisation, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said. The discovery, she told parliament ... Read more...

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Drought like situation plays spoilsport for crops in Himachal


June 7th, 2010 - 11:27 pm ICT by ANI
By Hemant ChauhanKandaghat (Himachal Pradesh), June 7 (ANI): The drought like situation in Kandaghat area of Himachal Pradesh has damaged a major area of vegetable crops.Over 60 percent of the crops have ... Read more...

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Tobacco industry flouts rules, exploits workers, study shows


April 21st, 2010 - 7:35 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Not only does it represent a serious health hazard, the tobacco industry also exploits its workers by not paying them minimum wages and employing children among its ... Read more...

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Prayers in Himachal to appease rain god


February 2nd, 2010 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS
By Vishal Gulati Mandi (Himachal Pradesh), Feb 2 (IANS) The residents of Gohar village in this Himachal Pradesh district have been offering prayers to appease the rain god and end the prolonged ... Read more...

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Himachal hopes to reap bitter-sweet crop of hop


November 25th, 2009 - 2:41 pm ICT by IANS
By Vishal Gulati Keylong (Himachal Pradesh), Nov 25 (IANS) The hop flower - used to add a bitter flavour to beer - may bring in sweet business for Lahaul and Spiti district as ... Read more...

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Human urine can help grow bumper tomato crops


September 14th, 2009 - 12:21 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 14 (IANS) Human urine can help grow bumper tomato crops that can be eaten safely, says a new study. Surendra Pradhan, an environmental biology researcher at the University of Kuopio, ... Read more...

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Himachal seeks Rs.608.13 crore for drought relief


September 5th, 2009 - 6:35 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, Sep 5 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh has sought Rs.608.13 crore in central assistance for drought relief measures in the state, an official statement said Saturday. Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has met ... Read more...

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Not a ‘fruitful’ monsoon for Himachal


August 12th, 2009 - 1:53 pm ICT by IANS
By Vishal Gulati Shimla, Aug 12 (IANS) It's been a double whammy for farmers in Himachal Pradesh, known as India's fruit bowl. After poor snowfall last winter, it's deficient rainfall this monsoon ... Read more...

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Himachal farmers spraying chemicals to ripen apples


July 28th, 2009 - 12:07 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, July 28 (IANS) An apple a day may not keep the doctor away. Desperate farmers in Himachal Pradesh are resorting to ripening the juicy fruit with an overdose of chemicals that ... Read more...

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Unique Bhutanese health weed as precious as gold


July 22nd, 2009 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS
By Chencho Dema Thimphu, July 22 (IANS) Cordyceps, a peculiar health weed native to Bhutan and highly valued for its medicinal properties, fetches astronomical prices at the yearly auction. This year a man ... Read more...

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US winding down efforts for Afghan poppy destruction


June 25th, 2009 - 6:00 am ICT by IANS
Washington, June 25 (IANS) The US is winding down efforts to destroy poppy in Afghanistan, special envoy Richard Holbrooke said Wednesday, after criticism that the zealous US approach has pushed peasants ... Read more...

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Vedanta setting up cancer hospital in Chhattisgarh


March 22nd, 2009 - 11:19 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) London-based Anil Agarwal's Vedanta group is setting up a 360-bed cancer hospital in Chhattisgarh at a cost of Rs.300 crore (Rs.3 billion/$60 million) and has committed Rs.125 ... Read more...

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Himachal farmers demand minimum support price for Ginger crop


March 14th, 2009 - 4:41 pm ICT by ANI
By Hemant Chauhan Sirmour (HP), Mar 14 (ANI): Ginger farmers and traders in Himachal Pradesh have sought minimum support price fixed by the Government so as to directly export their produce. Bella ... Read more...

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Displaced diamond workers reap rich farming harvest


February 17th, 2009 - 12:11 pm ICT by IANS
Ahmedabad, Feb 17 (IANS) Hit by recession, thousands of displaced diamond workers in Gujarat are returning home to rediscover their farming roots. And the cash crops they are growing in a matter ... Read more...

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Green plastics could help reduce carbon footprint


February 12th, 2009 - 4:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 12 (ANI): A new study by researchers from the University of Missouri (MU) has suggested that some of the largely petroleum-based plastic may soon be replaced by a nonpolluting, ... Read more...

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Menthol farmers taking to wheat cultivation in Uttar Pradesh


December 17th, 2008 - 8:14 pm ICT by ANI
By Vibhav Porov Chandausi (Uttar Pradesh), Dec.17 (ANI): The reduced demand for mint and the processed menthol has badly affected the local farmers in Chandausi Tehsil of Uttar Pradeshs Moradabad District. Farmers ... Read more...

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Himachal farmers demand minimum support price for Ginger crop


November 25th, 2008 - 6:34 pm ICT by ANI
By Hemant Chauhan Shillai (HP), Nov 25 (ANI): Ginger farmers in Himachal Pradesh have demanded that the State Government should fix minimum support price for their crop. Shillai area in Sirmaur district is ... Read more...

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Kashmirs saffron crop badly hit due to rains


November 7th, 2008 - 9:04 pm ICT by ANI
By Parvez Butt Pampore (J-K), Nov.7 (ANI): Untimely rains have adversely affected saffron cultivation in the Pampore area of the Kashmir Valley this year. The magnificently blue coloured saffron flowers are prized ... Read more...

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Sunflower proving money-spinner for Orissa farmers in tribal areas


April 24th, 2008 - 1:29 am ICT by admin
Birampur (Orissa), April 23 (ANI): Its been about two decades when many farmers in some tribal pockets of Orissa were persuaded to take up sunflower cultivation apart from traditional crops like ... Read more...

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Hailstorm damages fruit crops in Himachal Pradesh


April 13th, 2008 - 7:55 pm ICT by admin
Sangla Valley (Himachal Pradesh), Apr 13 (ANI): The unexpected twist in the weather has added onto the orchard owners' woes as they are facing heavy losses due to crop damage. Heavy rains, ... Read more...

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Kerala gears up for Easter Sunday


March 22nd, 2008 - 3:00 pm ICT by admin
Kottayam (Kerala), March 22 (IANS) White, orange and pink Easter Lily flowers blooming in central Kerala signals that Easter has arrived. The Christian belt in central Kerala districts of Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Kochi ... Read more...

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