Late rains have washed away drought fears in Maharashtra: Devendra Fadnavis

Reeling under drought-like conditions just a few days ago, Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra now have drinking water stock that will last till June, thanks to a bout of heavy rainfall last week.

August records monsoon deficiency of 22 percent

The month of August has recorded a monsoon deficiency of 22 per cent, highest in the season so far, India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said even as the overall deficit declined marginally to 11 per cent.

No threat to paddy crop despite deficient rain forecast: Govt
No threat to paddy crop despite deficient rain forecast: Govt

The government today tried to allay concerns on paddy crop, saying there's no threat to it despite IMD's projection of deficient rains in July and August.

Heavy rains likely in Odisha due to depression
Heavy rains likely in Odisha due to depression

Heavy to very heavy rains coupled with strong surface winds are likely to pound several places of Odisha till tomorrow under the influence of a depression over the Bay of Bengal.

Modi seeks quick boost to irrigation as drought looms

This year, the rains are forecast to be 88 percent of the long-term average, which could drastically crimp farm output.

Govt to give farmers power, seeds subsidy in case rains fail

The government on Friday announced it will offer subsidy on diesel, power and seeds to farmers in case of deficient monsoon affecting crops.

Monsoon hits Kerala, IMD says conditions favourable for further advance
Monsoon hits Kerala, IMD says conditions favourable for further advance

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared the onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala on Friday.

Govt to give subsidy on power, diesel, seeds in case of deficient monsoon

Due to poor monsoon, agriculture growth stood at 0.2 percent in fiscal year 2014-15.

Govt ready with steps to tackle deficient monsoon: Agriculture Minister

Due to poor monsoon, agriculture growth stood at 0.2 percent in the 2014-15 fiscal.

India confident on inflation even with sub-par monsoon: Sinha

India will be able to manage potential inflationary pressures if forecasts of sub-par monsoon rains this summer are borne out, junior finance minister Jayant Sinha told Reuters in an interview.

Wheat procurement may miss 30-mn tonnes target this year: Govt

Government's wheat procurement this year may fall short of the initial target of 30 million tonnes (MT) due to crop damage following a recent spell of unseasonal rains and hailstorms.

Monsoon expected to be normal this year: Arvind Subramanian

This year's monsoon rains are expected to be normal, the finance ministry's Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian said on Thursday.

12 percent rain deficit for India as Southwest monsoon winds up officially

As India marks the official end of Southwest Monsoon Tuesday, it is left with a -12 per cent rain shortfall after a third of its territory witnessed deficient precipitation during the wet season.

Indian monsoon rains 22% below average in past week

The monsoon is also the main determining factor for consumer spending in rural areas where around two-thirds of India`s population of 1.2 billion live.

Govt downgrades rain forecast, rules out drought

This indicates that the country is expected to receive "deficient" rainfall,.

Arun Jaitley promises to narrow fiscal deficit to 4.1%

Jaitley hoped that RBI might cut rates as inflation shows stable slowing down.

Govt allays apprehension about drought-like situation

With monsoon picking up momentum, government allayed apprehensions about deficit in rainfall, saying things are looking a "little more optimistic" and a drought-like situation is unlikely.

Monsoon continues in north India

Monsoon showers continued to lash several parts of north India bringing down temperatures significantly even as rivers in Uttar Pradesh flowed in spate at a few places.

Sowing of kharif crops down by 50% so far on poor rains

Sowing of kharif crops, including rice, is down by 50 per cent at 34.56 million hectares as on today, but the government hopes planting will pick up in the coming days with widespread rains in central and north India.

Vidarbha farmers, widows to fast tomorrow on delayed rain woes

Farmers and widows of suicide affected families in Vidarbha would be observing a day-long fast tomorrow at Pandharkawada in Yavatmal district, to draw the attention of authorities to the distress due to delayed rains in the region.