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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.

Jammu and Kashmir on high alert with one day to go for last phase of polling

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Jammu and Kashmir on high alert with one day to go for last phase of polling

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Quid-pro-quo investment cases against Jagan Reddy: Accused appear before court

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Quid-pro-quo investment cases against Jagan Reddy: Accused appear before court

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Fresh US sanctions could do long-term damage to relations with Russia: Lavrov

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Fresh US sanctions could do long-term damage to relations with Russia: Lavrov

Moscow: New US legislation authorising sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could undermine relations between Moscow and Washington for a long time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was q...

The making of a terrorist: Here's how people are taught to lose their humanity

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The making of a terrorist: Here's how people are taught to lose their humanity

What makes terrorists such ruthless beasts, bereft of all feelings normal to human beings? The cruelty involved in the killing of 132 children in a Peshawar school and the total lack of remorse among ...

US program to capture and kill insurgents can backfire, says leaked CIA report

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US program to capture and kill insurgents can backfire, says leaked CIA report

Washington:The US government's program to capture and kill insurgent leaders can backfire, a leaked CIA report said, citing "limited" results in Afghanistan in particular.The July 2009 docum...

Ebola claims 6,900 lives in West Africa, numbers expected to rise

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Ebola claims 6,900 lives in West Africa, numbers expected to rise

Washington: The number of Ebola-related deaths has reached around 6,900 in the three most affected countries in West Africa Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, a media report said citing the US Centers...

Install Nathuram Godse's statues at different places in India: Hindu Mahasabha to govt

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Install Nathuram Godse's statues at different places in India: Hindu Mahasabha to govt

New Delhi: Days after BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj termed Mahatma Gandhi's assassin a "patriot," Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha on Friday triggered a fresh controversy by asking the Government to ...