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Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Parthasarathi Biswas


Partha Sarathi Biswas, is an Assistant Editor with The Indian Express, Pune. He writes on agriculture, commodities, business and politics

Maharashtra announces fund for fighting pseudoscience
Tue, Mar 09, 2021

During his budget speech on Monday, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar earmarked Rs 300 crores for creating this fund aimed at “inculcating a scientific temper in the future generation of the state”.

Maharashtra Budget 2021-22: Farmers prompt with repayment to get interest-free crop loan
Tue, Mar 09, 2021

In Maharashtra, bankers pointed out that 80 per cent farmers, who avail institutional finances, would come under this bracket.

Pune: Amid industrial recovery, micro units lag behind due to credit woes
Tue, Mar 02, 2021

Unlike the big ones, micro units — which make up more than 40 per cent of the industrial landscape in Pune — have failed to see any significant recovery so far due to lack of ready credit and trained manpower. 

Pune: Vaccination halted briefly at Sassoon General Hospital after trouble with CoWin 2.0
Mon, Mar 01, 2021

According to officials, the updated digital platform, CoWin 2.0, was not able to verify the age of the beneficiaries, who would be eligible for the vaccine shot only if they were above 60 or above 45 comorbidities.

Maharashtra awaits guidelines on role of private sector in next phase of Covid vaccination
Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Maharashtra has vaccinated 11.09 lakh vaccine beneficiaries so far. After Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra is on the fifth spot, with the highest number of vaccinations. In Pune district, 65.2 per cent healthcare workers have been vaccinated (73,624).

Making weather data easily available for grape farmers
Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Developed by Parag Narvekar, Sensartics has three levels of solutions aimed at individual farmers to an entire village. Narvekar, whose academic and professional career has seen him rubbing shoulders with scientists at IIT Bombay and NASA

Startup offers three-level solution to protect grape growers from crop loss
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Scalar stations are the entry-level solutions offered by the company which is installed at individual farms of small holders.

Bird flu impact: Chicken prices still low in Maharashtra, though consumption back to normal
Mon, Feb 22, 2021

In January, consumption had dropped as people avoided poultry meat and eggs over bird flu fears, although properly cooked meat and eggs are completely safe.

Covid effect: Underfed animals, dip in herd size fuel surge in milk price
Sun, Feb 21, 2021

All across India, dairies have reported milk price increases over the past couple of months. These increases are partly attributed to global factors.

Pune: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan aims to bring Sanskrit into mainstream
Sat, Feb 20, 2021

Nandakumar Kakirde, Director and Honorary Secretary of the Trust, said the main aim behind the introduction of Sanskrit as a medium of instruction was to mainstream the language.

Pune: Industry leaders want private sector involvement in vaccination drive
Thu, Feb 18, 2021

Another lockdown, industry leaders said, would be fatal to the Indian economy.

Explained: Why has the Centre issued MSP guidelines for sugar mills?
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

While sugar mills have been threatened with action for selling sugar below the government-mandated MSP, the cane commissioners have been asked to track the sale of sugar and report any breach of MSP.

Automobile industry hopes for financial incentive in scrapping old vehicles, wait for policy fine print
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

Replacement of old vehicles will not only play an important role in sales of newer vehicles, but also reduce the threat of air pollution.

Nearly 30% migrant workers yet to return, their absence may hamper country’s banana exports
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

Migrant workers constitute the backbone of this sector as they are involved in various stages like harvesting, sorting and handling of the fruit.

‘Every voter—rich or poor—must have the equal right to contest’
Fri, Feb 05, 2021

Maharashtra’s SEC UPS Madan spoke to The Indian Express in details about this phenomenon and what can be done about it.

Amid farm law protests, Maharashtra FPCs look to increase their non-MSP operations
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Thanks to their grass root level organization and reach, FPCs, especially those in Latur, Osmanbad, and other pulses and oilseed producing districts of the state, have access to assured supply of both.

‘Budget should have made plans to counter this’: Increased MSP procurement is a sign of rural distress, say farm leaders
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Mechanisms for the effective implementation of MSP policies are lacking, they said.

Kapas prices cross govt-declared MSP, CCI stops procurement in over 300 centres
Mon, Feb 01, 2021

Despite external factors such as drought in USA, bullish procurement by China and Covid-19, Indian growers have benefited from CCI's procurement centres.

Pune SMEs welcome Budget announcement on vehicle scrapping policy
Mon, Feb 01, 2021

Old vehicles if scrapped would make available raw materials like aluminium, copper etc which would bring down the import bill.

Maharashtra: Tur prices cross MSP, chana bigger concern for farmers
Thu, Jan 28, 2021

On Wednesday, the average traded price of tur at Latur’s wholesale market in Maharashtra crossed the MSP to trade at Rs 6,150 per quintal

Groaning under high electricity bills, Pune SME threatens to hit streets
Thu, Jan 21, 2021

As the automobile sector witnessed good growth, orders came in for the SMEs in the Pune region who form the vast ecosystem of the region’s industrial landscape. Return of migrant workers had eased their labour pangs and production had started to touch the pre-covid times.

Bird flu scare keeps prices of chicken, eggs down; consumer confidence increases
Sun, Jan 17, 2021

Even as the central and state departments continue with their efforts to control the spread, the organised poultry industry is reporting a drastic drop in prices of both poultry meat and eggs.

As SC stays implementation of farm laws, FPCs fear setback in business
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

FPCs in Maharashtra are licensed by the state government to carry out trade outside the APMCs, but they are expected to pay cess to the market committees which ranges from 1-1.-5 percent of the transaction.

Maharashtra rural polls: Panchayat seats for sale, EC scraps 2 ‘auction elections’
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

Complaints and videos of auctions for panchayat seats prompted the Election Commission on Wednesday to cancel elections to two gram panchayats — in Umrane village of Nashik and Kondamali of Nandurbar, where the auctions reportedly fetched Rs 2 crore and Rs 42 lakh respectively.

Maharashtra starts culling 15,500 birds as avian influenza spreads
Tue, Jan 12, 2021

On Tuesday, the death of 214 poultry birds was reported in the state. Of these, 200 deaths were reported from Yavatmal, 11 from Amravati and three from Akola. Four crows have also died in Akola, bringing the total toll to 218.