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Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Rajasthan reports highest single-day spike in cases as 242 more test positive; case count climbs to 5,202, toll touches 131
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Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Rajasthan reports highest single-day spike in cases as 242 more test positive; case count climbs to 5,202, toll touches 131

Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Rajasthan on Sunday recorded the highest single day spike of 242 new cases and five more fatalities, officials said. The number of cases in the state stands at 5,202 and fatalities at 131.

Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Uttar Pradesh reports nine deaths, taking toll to 104; 203 more test positive, total rises to 4,258
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Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Uttar Pradesh reports nine deaths, taking toll to 104; 203 more test positive, total rises to 4,258

Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: As many as 203 fresh cases have been reported in Uttar Pradesh in the past 24 hours taking the total tally to 4,258, reports News18.The new cases have been reported in Merrut, Rampur and Saharanpur districts.

Military experts welcome reform measures in defence sector, say proper implementation will help cut India's ballooning import bill on weapons
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Military experts welcome reform measures in defence sector, say proper implementation will help cut India's ballooning import bill on weapons

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a series of initiatives to promote indigenous defence production which included making separate budgetary outlay to procure Indian-made military hardware, increasing FDI limit to 74% under the automatic route and generating a year-wise negative list of weapons whose import won't be allowed

Nirmala Sitharaman on Economic Package: Centre hikes FDI in defence, allows commercial mining of coal, opens space sector for private players in 4th tranche; key takeaways
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Nirmala Sitharaman on Economic Package: Centre hikes FDI in defence, allows commercial mining of coal, opens space sector for private players in 4th tranche; key takeaways

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Saturday announced a slew of reforms in eight sectors such as allowing commercial mining of coal, raising FDI limit in defence prodcution, privatisation of power discoms in the UTs to opening up more air space of civil aviation, and the space sector among others as part of Centre's Rs 20-lakh-crore stimulus package to kick-start the economy

In easing agri markets and movement of produce, Nirmala Sitharaman has reiterated earlier promises; here are seven more urgently needed reforms
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In easing agri markets and movement of produce, Nirmala Sitharaman has reiterated earlier promises; here are seven more urgently needed reforms

In terms of outlay, the agricultural reform announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman on 14 May is not as ambitious as other schemes.

Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Mumbai, Ahmedabad among India's worst hit cities as COVID-19 count crosses 81,000
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Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Mumbai, Ahmedabad among India's worst hit cities as COVID-19 count crosses 81,000

Coronavirus Outbeak LIVE Updates: The number of coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad district rose to 7,171 after 261 new cases were reported since Thursday night, officials said. Of the 20 COVID-19 patients who died across Gujarat during this period, 14 died at hospitals in Ahmedabad city, said Principal Secretary, Health, Jayanti Ravi. Death toll in the district thus reached 479.

Nirmala Sitharaman on Economic Package: Reforms for agriculture, farmers, fishermen will provide employment opportunities
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Nirmala Sitharaman on Economic Package: Reforms for agriculture, farmers, fishermen will provide employment opportunities

The agricultural sector has been subjected to a host of restrictions which are no longer relevant.

Nirmala Sitharaman on Economic Package: FM announces Rs 1-lakh-crore agri infra fund, new scheme for MFEs in third tranche; key takeaways
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Nirmala Sitharaman on Economic Package: FM announces Rs 1-lakh-crore agri infra fund, new scheme for MFEs in third tranche; key takeaways

In a move to strenghten infrastructure in agriculture, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced financing facility of Rs. 1 lakh crore for funding Agriculture Infrastructure Projects at farm-gate and aggregation points

Nirmala Sitharaman on Economic Package: Govt to amend Essential Commodities Act to deregulate cereals, edible oil, pulses
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Nirmala Sitharaman on Economic Package: Govt to amend Essential Commodities Act to deregulate cereals, edible oil, pulses

The government will amend the six-and-a-half-decade old Essential Commodities Act to deregulate food items, including cereals, edible oil, oilseeds, pulses, onion and potato, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Friday

Nirmala Sitharaman on Economic Package: FM announces setting up of Rs 1 lakh cr agri fund for farm-gate infrastructure
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Nirmala Sitharaman on Economic Package: FM announces setting up of Rs 1 lakh cr agri fund for farm-gate infrastructure

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday announced setting up of a Rs 1 lakh crore agri infrastructure fund for farm-gate infrastructure

Stimulus package: Govt announces free foodgrain to migrants, concessional credit to farmers
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Stimulus package: Govt announces free foodgrain to migrants, concessional credit to farmers

The government on Thursday announced a Rs 3.16 lakh crore package of free foodgrains for migrant workers, concessional credit to farmers and working capital loan for street vendors as part of the second tranche of fiscal stimulus to heal an economy hit hard by coronavirus lockdown

Stimulus package: Nirmala Sitharaman says housing subsidy scheme for middle-income families extended till March 2021
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Stimulus package: Nirmala Sitharaman says housing subsidy scheme for middle-income families extended till March 2021

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman on Thursday announced a Rs 70,000-crore boost to the housing sector by extending the subsidy scheme for affordable housing for the middle-income group

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra writes to Yogi Adityanath, seeks waiver of Uttar Pradesh farmers' power bills for four months
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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra writes to Yogi Adityanath, seeks waiver of Uttar Pradesh farmers' power bills for four months

In her letter, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra called for relief to weavers and workers in various small and cottage industries in the state including carpet, textiles and 'chikan' work.

'Karnataka was better prepared for COVID-19 than other states': BS Yediyurappa on governance, jobs and coronavirus
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'Karnataka was better prepared for COVID-19 than other states': BS Yediyurappa on governance, jobs and coronavirus

It has not been smooth sailing for Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa over the past nine months since he assumed power

NABARD disburses Rs 12,767cr to state cooperative banks, RRBs for onlending to farmers; loans offered at interest rate of 4.8%
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NABARD disburses Rs 12,767cr to state cooperative banks, RRBs for onlending to farmers; loans offered at interest rate of 4.8%

NABARD said since the second half of March 2020, it has disbursed nearly Rs 30,021 crore to rural banks.

On Labour Day, a look at the daily struggles of the people silently bolstering the Indian economy
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On Labour Day, a look at the daily struggles of the people silently bolstering the Indian economy

Over a period of three-and-a-half-years, journalist Sanket Jain has captured the lives of migrant labourers, potters, broom-makers, agricultural labourers, stone-workers, among others in a series of photographs. These images, from at least 10 different villages, look at their back-breaking occupations and capture some of the lighter moments in their lives.

Mechanical pollination could replace bees as population drops around the world
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Mechanical pollination could replace bees as population drops around the world

Intensive agriculture, the use of pesticides and climate change have caused a drop in the number of natural pollinators - bees - globally.

Prime minister Narendra Modi says RBI measures will enhance liquidity, credit supply
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Prime minister Narendra Modi says RBI measures will enhance liquidity, credit supply

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the announcements made by the Reserve Bank of India will greatly enhance liquidity and improve credit supply

Coronavirus Outbreak: Petrol, diesel demand to pick up as govt allows trucks to ply, some industries to resume ops
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Petrol, diesel demand to pick up as govt allows trucks to ply, some industries to resume ops

Petrol and diesel consumption, which saw its biggest-ever decline in the aftermath of a nationwide lockdown, is likely to pick up in the second half of the month as the government has allowed trucks to ply as well as farmers and industries in rural areas to resume operations after 20 April