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Congress to hold conclave, focus on spreading UPA's achievements
Politics

Congress to hold conclave, focus on spreading UPA's achievements

With an intent of ensuring better propagation of UPA's "growth story", Congress has convened a conclave of its spokespersons of state units on 22 July which will be addressed by Rahul Gandhi and some ministers.

Karnataka, Chhattisgarh may implement food law early
Economy

Karnataka, Chhattisgarh may implement food law early

As per the ordinance signed by President Pranab Mukherjee, the new food security programme should be rolled out within six months.

Food bill can inspire many countries, says UN official
India

Food bill can inspire many countries, says UN official

India's food security law has global significance and it can inspire many countries to come up with similar legislation, a UN official said on Thursday.

 Uttarakhand floods: Centre allocates extra 4,000 tonne of wheat, rice
India

Uttarakhand floods: Centre allocates extra 4,000 tonne of wheat, rice

Last week, Food Minister KV Thomas had said that the Centre would allocate more foodgrains to flood-hit Uttarakhand to provide relief to affected people.

Cabinet to introduce food security ordinance tomorrow
India

Cabinet to introduce food security ordinance tomorrow

With Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's pet National Food Security Bill stuck in parliament, the government is set to introduce it via an ordinance. Food Minister K.V. Thomas said the ordinance would be considered by the union cabinet Thursday

'Govt can go in for ordinance route to implement Food Bill'
India

'Govt can go in for ordinance route to implement Food Bill'

The government could go in for the ordinance route to implement the ambitious National Food Security Bill as also the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, Congress sources said today.

Lok Sabha	fails to pass National Food Security Bill
Economy

Lok Sabha fails to pass National Food Security Bill

The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in December, 2011.

Monsoon expected to be satisfactory, except Southern tip :Thomas
Economy

Monsoon expected to be satisfactory, except Southern tip :Thomas

Monsoon rains are expected to be "satisfactory", though they could be below average in some parts in southern India

Monsoon seen satisfactory overall, says food minister
Economy

Monsoon seen satisfactory overall, says food minister

Monsoon rains are expected to be "satisfactory", though they could be below average in some parts in southern India, the food minister said on Friday, ahead of an official forecast later in the day.

Cabinet may discuss key changes to Food bill on Monday
Economy

Cabinet may discuss key changes to Food bill on Monday

Once the cabinet clears the changes, the minister said that the amendment bill would be placed in Parliament before the current session.

Food bill will add Rs 20,000 cr to food subsidy: Minister
Business

Food bill will add Rs 20,000 cr to food subsidy: Minister

The Congress-led UPA government wants to pass the National Food Security Bill during Parliament's budget session beginning 21 February and will protect the interest of the states, Food Minister KV Thomas said today.

No move to dismantle PDS: Montek
Economy

No move to dismantle PDS: Montek

The finance ministry proposed to introduce direct cash transfer of food subsidy in Delhi and six union territories including Chandigarh and Puducherry.

India extends sugar export by another year
Economy

India extends sugar export by another year

The decision will be effective when the government issues a formal order. India will soon take a decision on the recommendation made by an expert panel over lifting curbs on the sugar industry, Thomas added.

Rawat joins Thomas, demands raise in LPG cylinder cap
Politics

Rawat joins Thomas, demands raise in LPG cylinder cap

Rawat said that they were consulted before the government arrived on the decision on LPG cylinders.

Despite poor monsoon, India continues to export rice, wheat
Economy

Despite poor monsoon, India continues to export rice, wheat

India is likely to continue exports of wheat and rice despite the poor monsoon, food minister KV Thomas said on Tuesday, as the country has ample stocks from last year's harvest.

 Absence of food minister defers FCRA bill
Economy

Absence of food minister defers FCRA bill

The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in December 2010 and referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee, which submitted its report on 22 December 2011.

Rain woes: No food items ban yet but imports likely, says govt
Economy

Rain woes: No food items ban yet but imports likely, says govt

Though the government has not though of banning exports of any food items, it is considering imports via state-owned agencies to meet any requirement.

Relief from price rise? Govt may re-start sale of subsidised pulses
Economy

Relief from price rise? Govt may re-start sale of subsidised pulses

The food ministry is discussing with the Agriculture Ministry about launching again the scheme of distribution of imported pulses through Public Distribution System (PDS) at subsidised rates.