India to cultivate asafoetida (heeng) for the first time in Himachal Pradesh

The largest importer of heeng or asafoetida, India now plans to cultivate the crop in four locations at Himachal Pradesh, as per the Ministry of Agriculture for the first time in its history. Thanks to the combined efforts by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Institute of Himalayan Bio-resource Technology (IHBT), heeng has been […]

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South Asia must ramp up COVID-19 action to protect people, revive economies – World Bank

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Amid the mounting human toll and global economic fallout triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, South Asian governments need to ramp up action to curb the health emergency, protect their people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, and set the stage now for fast economic recovery, the World Bank said in its twice-a-year-regional update. Released today, […]

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Nashik traders, growers seek removal of onions’ stockholding limit

Onion growers and traders in Nashik district — the onion belt in Maharashtra — will soon approach the Centre with a plea to remove the stockholding limits in the wake of increasing arrivals in the markets. NAFED director Nanasaheb Patil told Financial Express a meeting is slated to be held with Nashik’s district collector along […]

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Afghanistan cancels contract to US gold, copper miner

Afghanistan’s news agency Khaama Press reported that President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani cancelled the contracts held by the Turkish Afghan Mining Company TAMC and the Afghan Gold and Mineral Company AGMC, which allowed them to exploit the Badakhshan gold mine and the Balkhab copper mine in the northern Sar-e-Pul province. Both TAMC and AGMC are joint ventures (JVs) formed by US-based […]

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