The government has ruled out auction of water to private bodies but may consider publicprivate partnership (PPP) in wastewater treatment, Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said.

RAJSHAHI: Some newly developed drought- tolerant and high-yielding wheat varieties, especially BARI Gom- 26, has created high hope among farmers of the drought-prone Barind tract.

BANKURA, 7 SEPT: The state Public Health Engineering department today entered into an agreement of sharing 50 per cent of river water with a private steel unit in drought-prone Bankura.

Months ago, when a bunch of “foreigners” came to meet Nileema Mishra, she considered it as just another visit by people who wanted to see her work.

Farmers’ suicides in Bundelkhand are a result of several years of neglect of the agricultural sector and industrial backwardness. Neither the Uttar Pradesh nor the Madhya Pradesh government has made efforts to address the basic issues of ecological degradation, agricultural modernisation and rural indebtedness.

As part of the efforts for extension of irrigation facilities, the State Government has chalked out a plan for construction of 67 new reservoirs under a multi-purpose project for drought-affected areas in the State. This will bring an additional 1,000 hectare under irrigation apart from developing other facilities.

Accepting the logics and rational of the state the Central Planning Commission has approved the annual plan of Rs 47000 crore for the 2011-12 on Monday in Delhi.

PUNE: Activist Anna Hazare catapulted into national stardom following his relentless pursuit of the Lokpal Bill, but the unassuming dhoti-clad social worker has been a star in his state, and village, for a long time now.

Fifty-year-old Maruti Auti recalls the days when villagers in Ahmednagar's Ralegan Siddhi, 80 km from Pune, lived in abject poverty over three decades ago.

For more than six months a year, vast swathes of land in the rain-dependent rice belts of Jharkhand remained barren, forcing farmers to migrate to other cities in search of livelihoods.

The trend has reversed at least in one place, in the Maoist-infested Bishunpur block in Gumla district

Using macro level data on MGNREGA performance in drought-prone states of Karnataka and Rajasthan as well as in irrigation-dominated state of Andhra Pradesh, this study has revealed that the impact of MGNREGA wage on the economic scarcity of labour is relatively modest when compared with the impact of hike in non-farm wages. Even though the provision of food security through public distribution system has contributed to the economic scarcity of labour, the relative hike in non-farm wages is contributing to higher economic scarcity of labour rather than PDS and MGNREGA wages.