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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.

EXCLUSIVE - U.S. to leave more troops in Afghanistan than first planned - sources

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EXCLUSIVE - U.S. to leave more troops in Afghanistan than first planned - sources

KABUL (Reuters) - The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to thr...


Tunisian secularist wins first presidential round, heads for run-off

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Tunisian secularist wins first presidential round, heads for run-off

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian secularist leader Beji Caid Essebsi has narrowly beaten incumbent President Moncef Marzouki in the first round of a landmark presidential election, but the two frontrunners ...

U.S. authorities need to build trust on race issues: U.N. rights chief

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U.S. authorities need to build trust on race issues: U.N. rights chief

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. authorities need to tackle a "deep and festering" mistrust in some sectors of the population and examine how race relations affect law enforcement, the U.N.'s human r...

Poultry scare: Centre rushes experts to avian influenza-hit Kerala districts

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Poultry scare: Centre rushes experts to avian influenza-hit Kerala districts

New Delhi: The Centre today rushed a team of experts to Kerala to deal with the outbreak of bird flu in parts of the state.Union Agriculute Minister Radha Mohan Singh told a group of Kerala MPs that a...

Alleged graft prompts CBI to search premises of Ranchi University officials

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Alleged graft prompts CBI to search premises of Ranchi University officials

New Delhi: CBI today carried out searches at the residence and official premises of five officers of Ranchi University, including its former vice chancellor and 16 private firms for alleged irregulari...

SAARC 2014: On day 1 Modi stresses on need for early drafting of Nepal's constitution

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SAARC 2014: On day 1 Modi stresses on need for early drafting of Nepal's constitution

Kathmandu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met senior leaders of ruling and opposition parties in Kathmandu and made a strong pitch for the early drafting of Nepal's Constitution, saying if th...

India paid over Rs 1 lakh cr for defence acquisition: govt

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India paid over Rs 1 lakh cr for defence acquisition: govt

New Delhi: India has directly paid over Rs 1 lakh crore to foreign firms for acquisition of equipment for the armed forces during the last five years, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said today. The...