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Indian agriculture needs to improve productivity but govts only tinker with minimum prices

Indian farmers are agitated over their condition with the problem of indebtedness leading to suicides in many Indian states. successive governments including the incumbent Modi regime have only tinkered with the minimum support price, leading to inflation but ignoring the basic issue of poor productivity and wastage. Agriculture accounts for 53% of the labor but only 17.5% of GDP.

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Maldives calls Germany’s bluff on punitive cancellation of flights

Colombo, April 1 ( The Maldivian airports operator has called the German Ambassador’s bluff about a purported decision by major European airlines to cancel flights to the Maldives to  punish the Abdulla Yameen government for alleged transgressions of democratic norms. The Colombo-based German envoy for the Maldives, Joern Rohde, tweeted on Friday: "We hear big airline carriers from Europe will...

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US visa applicants to be asked about their social media history

Washinton, March 31 (Reuters): The US State department is expected to introduce a regulation by which US visa applicants will have to reveal their social media identities over the previous five years as a security requirement. The proposal, which must be approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), would require most immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants to list...

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Yoga in Gaza: Hijabi girls try out yoga to shed stress

Gaza, March 31 (Reuters): A small group of hijab wearing Palestinian girls of Gaza are learning to stretch their limbs in a yoga class with a view to shedding stress and teaching other girls how to lead a stress free and physically healthy life. The Gaza Strip, which is dominated by the Islamist Hamas faction, has experienced three wars with...

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Despite official instruction to stay away, Indian Culture Minister attends Dalai Lama’s function

Dharamsala, March 31 ( Despite an official instruction issued by the Indian government to Ministers and officials to stay away from the “Thank You India” function organized by the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in order not to annoy China, the Union Minister of Culture, Dr.Mahesh Sharma, attended the function held here on Saturday. According Central Tibetan Administration, the BJP...

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The truth about Aussie cricket culture

By Mickey Arthur/ Unfortunately, it was always going to end like this. Despite generational change, independent reviews and too many behavioural spotfires to list, Cricket Australia and the national team had demonstrated no real willingness or desire to improve the culture within their organisation from season to season. That could lead to only one conclusion. An explosion. A deterioration of...

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Filmfare declares Fawad Khan ‘Best Cinematic Icon Pakistan/India” at Middle East edition launch

Dubai, March 31 (Geo TV): Pakistani heart throb Fawad Khan has been honored by the Indian film magazine Filmfare once again. Fawad was honored with the title of Best Cinematic Icon Pakistan/India at an event at Bollywood Parks in Dubai on Friday. The actor is in Dubai for relaunch of Filmfare Magazine (Middle East). While India has banned Pakistani talent from its...

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Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative clouded by project delays and mounting debt

By Go Yamada,  Nikkei senior deputy editor, Stefania Palma,  Asia editor at The Banker Gwadar, March 31 (Nikkei): The idea of transforming the ancient fishing village of Gwadar into a bustling port city has been around since at least 1954, when Pakistan commissioned the U.S. Geological Survey to examine its coastline. Their conclusion: Gwadar, which sits on the Arabian Sea,...

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