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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.

Washington school shooting: Another 14-year-old girl succumbs to injuries

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Washington school shooting: Another 14-year-old girl succumbs to injuries

Washington: A 14-year-old US girl has died after being critically injured when a fellow high school student went on a shooting rampage last week, hospital officials have said."Shaylee Chuckulnask...


Ebola: Maine nurse can leave home freely, rules US judge

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Ebola: Maine nurse can leave home freely, rules US judge

New York: A US judge has ruled that a nurse quarantined by her home state after treating Ebola patients could leave home and visit public places, saying she was not infectious.The decision from a dist...

Burkina Faso: Prez steps down, two different military leaders stake claim

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Burkina Faso: Prez steps down, two different military leaders stake claim

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending his 27-year reign and sparking a struggle in the mi...

How Saradha scam money fuelled terror activity in West Bengal

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How Saradha scam money fuelled terror activity in West Bengal

New Delhi: The bomb blast at Khagragarh village in Burdwan district and subsequent unearthing of bomb-making units in other districts in West Bengal have exposed a deadly cocktail of hawala operation,...

Virgin Galactic's first commercial spaceship crashes, one pilot dies

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Virgin Galactic's first commercial spaceship crashes, one pilot dies

Los Angeles: Virgin Galactic's first commercial spacecraft crashed today during a test flight over California, scattering debris over the desert and killing one of the two pilots onboard, the company ...

Canada restricts visas for West Africa citizens over Ebola fears

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Canada restricts visas for West Africa citizens over Ebola fears

Toronto: Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away. Canada's Conservative government s...

Judge rejects isolation for U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients

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Judge rejects isolation for U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients

FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - A Maine judge ruled on Friday that a U.S. nurse who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa does not need to be confined to her home, declaring Ebola fears in the United St...