The Narendra Modi government has decided to create an agency similar to the US Federal Trade Commission, known as the Consumer Protection Authority.
Indian meteorologists feel that the odds of a strong El Nino was less this year, and was unlikely to make a huge impact on the Indian weather.
Meteorologists said the withdrawal of the monsoon, which should normally begin by September 1 from west Rajasthan, is delayed for now.
Total crop plantings at 98.66 million hectares for the week ending September 5 were still 3% below the level this time last year, according to agriculture ministry data.
Heavy showers this week have soaked rain-starved farms across north and northwest India, narrowing the overall monsoon deficit in the country to 14% .
The withdrawal of the monsoon, which should normally begin by September 1 from west Rajasthan, is delayed this year, cheering farmers.
Rainfall shortage in the state on Tuesday was 64%. In 18 of its 21 districts it was below 50%. Haryana had last declared drought in 2002 .
Punjab and Haryana, two of India’s top grain producers, are among worst affected by poor rains this year, with shortages as high as 64-65%.
The current reservoir level is in line with the 10-year average and better than the drought years of 2009 and 2012, but way short of last year .
Rainfall to stay weak over North India in September; Monsoon likely to revive in central, south India
Average rainfall in the monsoon that started in June was 18% below what is considered normal based on a 50-year average. The rainfall deficit in the past week has been at 17%-19%.
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