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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.

North Korea may be trying to restart nuclear reactor, says US think tank

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North Korea may be trying to restart nuclear reactor, says US think tank

North Korea may be trying to restart a nuclear reactor that can yield plutonium for atomic bombs, a US security think tank said on Wednesday, citing new satellite imagery.An analysis issued by 38 Nort...


Now 'Ghar Wapsi' in Bengal? TMC says won't tolerate VHP's 'dirty tricks'

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Now 'Ghar Wapsi' in Bengal? TMC says won't tolerate VHP's 'dirty tricks'

It seems there is no relief for the Central government, which is battling allegations over forced conversions to Hinduism. In a fresh case, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) allegedly re-converted over ...

Decoded: Why Modi replaced Sujatha Singh with S Jaishankar as India's Foreign Secretary

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Decoded: Why Modi replaced Sujatha Singh with S Jaishankar as India's Foreign Secretary

Threedays before he was scheduledto retire and a day after the diplomatic success of US President Barack Obama's visit for Republic Day, India's envoy to the US, Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar,got acallfr...

New audio message by Japanese hostage released by Islamic State

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New audio message by Japanese hostage released by Islamic State

The Islamic State group released a message late on Wednesday purportedly by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, extending the deadline for Jordans release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaeda...

UP govt announces Rs 30 lakh for family of Colonel Rai who was killed in Kashmir

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UP govt announces Rs 30 lakh for family of Colonel Rai who was killed in Kashmir

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday announced a financial assistance of Rs 30 lakh for the family of Colonel Munindra Nath Rai who was killed in a gun battle with militan...

Mitt Romney takes aim at Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton in speech

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Mitt Romney takes aim at Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton in speech

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, looked and sounded like a candidate once again during a stop on Wednesday in Mississippi, delivering a speech that questioned Democrat Hillary Ro...

Anna Hazare to launch fresh Lokpal stir; flays Modi govt on black money

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Anna Hazare to launch fresh Lokpal stir; flays Modi govt on black money

Mumbai: Social activist Anna Hazare said he will launch a fresh stir on the Lokpal issue even as he criticised the Narendra Modi government for its "failure" to bring back black money stashe...