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Why pulses & oilseeds have got higher MSP hike than paddy, cereals this year

Maximum MSP hike has been for oilseed sesame, which was raised by Rs 452/quintal — a 6.59 per cent hike from last year — the highest among all crops this year.
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Govt efforts to help farmers diversify must go beyond MSP. Cash and education are key

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Representational image | A file photo of farmers blocking Amritsar-Delhi National Highway during their four hours statewide Chakka Jam near Jalandhar on 5 November. | Photo: ANI

What’s MSP and how is it determined? The issue at the heart of farm protests

The farmers fear that that minimum support price will not be enforced once private mandis come up.
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MSP not part of any farm law, no question of doing away with the system, minister Tomar says

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar tells ThePrint he doesn’t view the protesting farmers as Khalistanis & that govt is ready to address all their objections and reservations.
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Cheaper China rice, high MSP — what non-basmati exporters are blaming for dip in trade

Govt data says export of non-basmati rice declines by over 37% — from 50,48,000 MT in April-November 2018 to 31,41,000 MT during same period last year.
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PM Modi to travel across India to market his big MSP sop for farmers

Modi's rallies are significant given Lok Sabha polls are due next year and the BJP hopes to fight it on a pro-rural, pro-farmer plank.
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BJP makes plans to reap political dividend after sowing support price seed

Party directs state units to launch ‘information blitzkrieg’ on decision, counter opposition attempts to project it as anti-farmer. New Delhi: A day after the NDA government announced a significant increase in the minimum support price (MSP) for kharif crops, including the highest absolute ever MSP hike for paddy, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is preparing to hit the ground running, to reap the political dividends and counter the opposition’s concerted attempt to project it as an anti-farmer party. The party’s central leadership Thursday directed all state units to launch an information blitzkrieg about the NDA government’s decision, which is in keeping with its promise to double farmers’ income by 2022. Sources said the BJP high command has asked all its party chiefs in the states to hold press conferences regarding the Modi government’s farmer-friendly move.  It is learnt that all elected representatives, MPs and MLAs, would also be taking the message to...

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Apple plans satellite features for iPhone that allow emergency calls

Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017. However, the feature is unlikely to be ready before next year. an Francisco: Apple Inc.’s push to bring satellite capabilities to the iPhone will be focused on emergency situations, allowing users to send texts to first responders and report crashes in areas without cellular coverage. The company is developing at least two related emergency features that will rely on satellite networks, aiming to release them in future iPhones, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017, Bloomberg has reported. Speculation that the next iPhone will have satellite capabilities ramped up this week after TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the phone will probably work with spectrum owned by Globalstar Inc. That’s led to conjecture that the iPhone will become something akin to a satellite phone,...
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RBI to penalise banks if ATMs run out of cash from 1 October

The scheme has been formulated over concerns of inconvenience caused to the public and to ensure that sufficient cash is available through ATMs, RBI said in a circular.

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‘Will pull India into a vortex’ — why Delhi is unlikely to heed ‘Afghan demand for air support’

While no active military aid is being discussed, ‘benign support’ like maintenance of equipment, training and spare parts has been under discussion between India and Afghanistan.

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