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China on high alert; death toll in rains up to 237, 93 missing

 A high alert was sounded in China on Thursday for more rains and flood after 21 people died taking the death toll to 237 as super Typhoon Nepartak left the country's east coast troubled with largescale devastation and chaos.

Over 300 Vidarbha region farmers protest over long pending demands

More than 300 farmers of the draught-affected areas of Vidarbha region staged a protest in Yavatmal district demanding the state government to take steps to provide relief to farmers.

Water crisis terrible, cooperation necessary: Pawa

Terming the water-crisis in Maharashtra as "terrible", Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Sunday appealed to the people to cooperate and share water.

Drought can`t be understood by helicopter survey: NCP to Sena

Accusing opposition Shiv Sena and BJP of indulging in politics over drought in Maharashtra, NCP on Thursday said the situation cannot be understood by "travelling in expensive cars and helicopters".

AP declares 456 tehsils as draught-hit

Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday finally declared 456 mandals (tehsils) in 15 districts of the
state as drought-affected owing to inadequate rainfall this

Drought has not affected rabi crops except in Guj & Raj: Govt

The government today said drought
has not had a major impact on crops like wheat and rice grown
in the 2009-10 Rabi season, except in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

No need of committee to monitor schemes in Vidarbha: Govt

Government on Tuesday rejected a
suggestion by members for setting up a committee to monitor
centrally funded schemes in Vidarbha, which has been
witnessing suicides by debt-ridden farmers.

`Drought due to climate change to hit small farmers in India`

A new United Nations report says
that any change in India`s summer monsoon due to climate
change will immediately threaten the livelihood of farmers
with marginal or small farm holdings.

AP BJP demands measures on war-footing to tackle draught

Alleging that 70 cotton
farmers have committed suicides in Andhra Pradesh during July
and August due to severe drought conditions, BJP today
demanded that the state government initiate relief measures on
a war-footing.

Statue spree: EC seeks Mayawati`s response on complaint

The Election Commission has sought
a response from Mayawati-led Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) on
a complaint that installation of statues of the UP
CM and other Dalit leaders would amount to
violation of model code of conduct.