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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.

Govt to train dogs to help CRPF fight Naxals

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Govt to train dogs to help CRPF fight Naxals

New Delhi: In order to save troops from IED injuries and provide them early warning against any ambush during anti-Naxal operations, the government is raising an elite 100 canine squad called "co...


Madras HC directs applicants to justify why they are seeking information under RTI

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Madras HC directs applicants to justify why they are seeking information under RTI

New Delhi: In a serious blow to transparency regime in the country, the Madras High Court has said RTI applicants must give reasons for seeking information as it gave relief to its Registry from discl...

Egypt to host Palestinian-Israeli Gaza talks in days - state news agency

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Egypt to host Palestinian-Israeli Gaza talks in days - state news agency

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt will host talks between rival Palestinian factions within days, followed by indirect negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis on the ceasefire in Gaza, the state news age...

People under preventive detention can vote, says EC

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People under preventive detention can vote, says EC

New Delhi: People under preventive detentionhave the right to vote, the Election Commission has said aheadof Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, and warnedthat there should be "no grou...

White House intruder was armed with knife - officials

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White House intruder was armed with knife - officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Texas man arrested on Friday for charging at the White House was armed with a knife when he climbed a fence and made it into the executive mansion after President Barack Oba...

Hong Kong students to boycott class to protest China curbs on democracy

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Hong Kong students to boycott class to protest China curbs on democracy

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong students are preparing for a showdown with Beijing over democratic reforms by boycotting classes on Monday, as a restive younger generation challenges the Chinese Commu...

Hong Kong students to boycott class to protest China curbs on democracy

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Hong Kong students to boycott class to protest China curbs on democracy

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong students are preparing for a showdown with Beijing over democratic reforms by boycotting classes on Monday, as a restive younger generation challenges the Chinese Commu...