Many a slip between the cup and the lip; Coal auctions in India for commercial mining further delayed


India’s latest round of coal-block auctions was all set to kick off on 19 October. However, on 14 October, in an unexpected move, the Centre announced yet another delay in the process. The government will announce the revised schedule “shortly” for the latest auctions, which would, when they happen, become the first following the complete […]

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European Commission seeks public comments on India’s Basmati GI right plea


The European Commission has sought public comments on India’s plea to register the name ‘Basmati’ under geographical indication (GI). The GI application was filed by India in 2018. Similar applications have also been filed by Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) to register the aromatic rice variety under GI in Thailand and Malaysia. […]

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Pune gets the first e-Kisan mandi; NAFED to set up several more


The country’s first e-kisan mandi became operational in Pune last week, reports Financial Express. The Pune facility includes around 30 FPCs in Pune district. Traders or retail market chains will be registered on the mandi for making online purchases from farmers. NAFED’s arm, Federation of Farmer Producer Organisations and Aggregators (FIFA) entered into a 51:49% […]

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NTPC, India’s national power company, plans buyouts to enter distribution business


State-run NTPC said that it is “actively looking for” opportunities in the business of power distribution, a move that gels with its diversification drive. NTPC’s chairman and managing director Gurdeep Singh unveiled the plan at the company’s annual analysts and investors meet. The company is looking for candidate with 25 years of power industry experience […]

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Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Punjab spat over basmati rice GI tag

The spat between Madhya Pradesh and Punjab over the GI tag to basmati rice flared up with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan calling Punjab’s Amarinder Singh’s opposition to MP getting the tag ‘politically motivated’ and a move that hurts farmers. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wrote to Congress Interim Chief Sonia Gandhi, accusing her party of being step-motherly towards farmers. In a […]

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