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Zia Haq

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Past articles by Zia:

RBI’s 50bps repo-rate hike: How will it impact your money?

Central banks typically raise the benchmark repo rate – the interest rate at which commercial banks borrow money by selling their securities to the Reserve Bank – to shrink money supply in the economy → Read More

Centre offers farm drones cheap under new scheme to spur adoption

Drones could prove transformative, making farming smart and efficient, although experts say the costs involved are still high and prohibitive for smallholders. → Read More

At 7.79%, India’s retail inflation rises to 8-year high in April

Retail inflation in March rose by 6.95%, while in February, it had risen 6.07%. The latest jump in prices is higher than what most analysts expected. → Read More

Inflation takes hold in spices; cumin prices reach five-year high

India accounts for nearly 70% of the world’s cumin production and is its biggest exporter. A fall in output this year, therefore, is likely to impact global food prices, already at record highs. → Read More

Centre sets up panel to monitor essential items, conduct surprise checks, as prices soar

The committee, headed by Union food secretary Sudhanshu Pandey, this week reviewed the availability of edible oils in the country and met representatives of major oil processing associations. → Read More

In a first, Indian startup sells agri carbon credits

Indian startup, nurture.farm, has sold 20,000 carbon units from agricultural waste. The company has claimed that India is well-placed to pioneer agriculture-related carbon credit trading. → Read More

What are ‘natural experiments’ which fetched the 2021 Economics Nobel?

Three US-based economists won the 2021 Economics Nobel Prize for pioneering ‘natural experiments’, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Monday | World News → Read More

Reserve Bank keeps key rates unchanged at 4%

The benchmark repo rate was unchanged at 4%, while the reverse repo rate too stood unchanged at 3.35% | Latest News India → Read More

Crash in tomato prices hits farmers, from Maharashtra to Haryana

Sliding rates of some vegetables amid record horticulture production point toward a vegetable deflation that could crimp farm incomes, analysts say → Read More

BKU faction seeks feedback on contesting polls

The Bhupinder Singh Mann-led faction, mainly active in Punjab, said this was the second time it had launched such a drive to test political waters and it has yet to take a decision | Latest News India → Read More

Labour ministry kicks off survey on migrants using digital tools

India has a rigorous system of conducting statistical surveys to capture a gamut of socio-economic data. But these are mostly done manually. | Latest News India → Read More

Govt toughens rules for e-commerce giants

The draft proposes updated definitions of e-commerce entities, outlaws flash sales. → Read More

Govt to give away more food as granaries bulge

In the current season, the government has procured over 41 million tonne of wheat, a record. It has so far paid an MSP value of ₹81,000 crore to cereal growers. → Read More

Experts wary as Punjab CM urges PM to raise paddy MSP

The Centre on Wednesday announced new MSPs for the summer-sown or kharif crops. → Read More

Cabinet clears hike in kharif crop MSPs

The new rates come amid ongoing protests by farmers, especially from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, who want the government to scrap three agricultural laws passed in September 2020 and offer a legal backing for MSPs. → Read More

States lifted full PMGKAY quota in May, says Centre

The Food Corporation of India, the state-run grain-handling agency, has distributed 4.8 million tonnes of cereals under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) to ameliorate Covid-19 distress, official figures show | Latest News India → Read More

Amid China’s high tariffs, India, Australia ramp up farm trade

griculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar and his Australian counterpart David Littleproud held a virtual meeting on June 1, an official said, in which key issues were thrashed out, according to India’s farm ministry | Latest News India → Read More

Jal Jeevan mission goes digital in five states

Water is a global story, but a remote village in southern Rajasthan, ringed by the rocky Aravali mountain range, has its own — one that goes back generations → Read More

India’s farm sector to sustain momentum, but that’s not enough

India’s farm sector is forecast to maintain its remarkable expansion in 2021-22 on the back of robust output and prices despite the coronavirus pandemic → Read More

Pandemic rages, but farmers defy odds with winter harvest

According to the second official advance estimates, issued in February 2021, India’s foodgrains production in 2020-21 is estimated to be a record 303.34 million tonne — up from the 297.5 million tonne produced in 2019-20. → Read More