The Morning Wrap: Met Says Monsoon Rains To Be Deficient; Court Approves Search Warrant For Parrikar House

23/04/2015 9:07 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
Children play as monsoon clouds hover in the sky, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, July 6, 2014. The monsoon rains which usually hit India from June to September are crucial for farmers whose crops feed hundreds of millions of people.(AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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In what is further bad news for farmers and the Indian economy, the India Meteorological Department (IMD), has forecast deficient rains in its first outlook for the monsoon of 2015.

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A Goa trial court on Wednesday has allowed the police a warrant to search Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's official residence in Delhi for former Goa archives and archaeology minister Francisco Pacheco, who has been missing for a fortnight.

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Bibek Debroy, in The Indian Express, says that merely focussing on India’s rigid labour laws to boost employment is piecemeal.

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