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Moneycontrol Bureau There are chances that India may witness below normal rainfall this year due to the emergence of El Nino effect, said weather forecasting agency Skymet. This could spell some bad news for the agricultural sector as low or deficient rains could hurt farm output, thus impacting the overall growth. Also Read: Govt expects all-time high foodgrain production this year In a first indication towards the monsoon pattern in India, Skymet said the country may see an emerging stage of the El Nino phenomena through the monsoon months. Taking a cautious stance on the forecast as outlook often changes when the Summer sets in, Skymet said this year's Monsoon will probably not experience a La-Nina year (excess rainfall). Thus, there is a lesser chance of excess rain. "The chances of below normal rainfall are slightly higher than normal as of now," said the Skymet report.

U.S. fighter plane crashes in Virginia, pilot's fate unknown

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U.S. fighter plane crashes in Virginia, pilot's fate unknown

(Reuters) - A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter crashed in mountainous western Virginia on Wednesday and the fate of the pilot was unknown, officials said.The fighter plane went down shor...


U.S. fighter plane crashes in Virginia, pilot's fate unknown

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U.S. fighter plane crashes in Virginia, pilot's fate unknown

(Reuters) - A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter crashed in mountainous western Virginia on Wednesday and the fate of the pilot was unknown, officials said.The fighter plane went down shor...

Breakthrough hopes dented as Ukraine accuses Russia of new incursion

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Breakthrough hopes dented as Ukraine accuses Russia of new incursion

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border on Wednesday, as hopes quickly faded that Tuesday's talks between their two pres...

Health Ministry tracking 821 passengers for Ebola across India

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Health Ministry tracking 821 passengers for Ebola across India

New Delhi: The Health Ministry today said 821 passengers were being tracked for Ebola in the country withmost of them belonging to states of Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu."Today, 45 passenge...

Pakistan Rangers accuse India of 'blatant' ceasefire violation

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Pakistan Rangers accuse India of 'blatant' ceasefire violation

New Delhi: In an apparent case of pot calling kettle black, Pakistan Rangers today questioned theirborder-guarding counterpart BSF as to why they were "blatantly firing on Pakistani positions&quo...

Issues in Tihar jail: Delhi HC invites suggestions from city govt, NGO

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Issues in Tihar jail: Delhi HC invites suggestions from city govt, NGO

New Delhi: Suggestions were today invited by the Delhi High Court on various issues, including allegedtorture of inmates and circulation of drugs in Tihar Jail, saying it will issue directions later t...

Pakistan: Lawmakers of Imran Khan's PTI resign from Punjab province assembly

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Pakistan: Lawmakers of Imran Khan's PTI resign from Punjab province assembly

Lahore: Stepping up pressure on the Nawaz Sharif government, lawmakers of Imran Khan's party in thePunjab province assembly resigned today.Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly and Pakistan Tehreek...