India’s Maharashtra government urged to use small aircrafts for aerial spraying against locusts

The All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) in Maharashtra has demanded that for the control of locusts in Maharashtra, pesticides be sprayed from small aircraft rather than vehicle-mounted spraying machines as vehicles cannot reach all the corners of the affected areas. General Secretary (Maharashtra) of AIKS, Ajit Navale told BusinessLine that for large-scale spraying, aircraft should be used. […]

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Low auto demand in India subdues ferrous metals industry prospects in FY21

After recovering in last quarter (Q4) of fiscal 2019-20, (FY20), the ferrous metals segment is headed for a subdued start in FY21. Analysts believe that strict quarantine measures to enforce lockdown will lead to demand erosion even though the supply side is facing relatively lower disruptions. There are apprehensions that if the nationwide lockdown to […]

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India’s thermal power sector faces bleak post-Covid-19 scenario

Covid-19 may have served a lethal blow to India’s stressed private thermal power generation sector, accounting for 37 per cent of 198-gigawatt coal-based generation capacity. Dominated by independent power producers (IPP), who do not have distribution rights; the sector tops the chart on loan defaults. The situation may complicate further post-Covid; unless the Centre takes […]

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Government clears rabi pulse procurement by 13 states; UP, MP left out

The Central government has given a blanket approval to 13 states to immediately start procuring chana (gram) and masoor (lentil), the two big pulses grown during the rabi season, Business Standard reports. The Centre has also cleared Rs 1,250 crore for purchasing around 258,000 tonnes of both the pulses. But Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, the two largest […]

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Annual output from Odisha, India’s top iron ore state, to hold up despite shutdown

Annual iron ore production volumes in India’s largest producing state are unlikely to be impacted by a shutdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus, a senior mines department official in the eastern state of Odisha told Reuters. Odisha, which accounts for over half of India’s iron ore production, produced 120 million tonnes during the […]

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