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Claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been the ‘worst victim of ideological intolerance,’ Finance Minister Arun Jaitley alleged that the Congress, Left and other political parties have been categorically disrupting the development initiatives of the government.

The Finance Minister further said on Sunday that strategic moves by his government have led to the World Bank and the WEF upgrading India’s ranking among countries facilitating better business opportunities.

“First, obstruct Parliament and do not permit reforms which will bring credit to the Modi Government. Secondly, create, by structured and organized propaganda, an environment that there is a social strife in India”, said Jaitley in his Facebook blog.

Reiterating that those involved with the Dadri lynching would be taken to task, the minister termed that the ‘stray’ incident as ‘unfortunate’ and ‘condemnable’.

 

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World Bank to Help Sri-Lankan Farmers Improve Productivity and Tackle Climate Change

The project will ensure that all farmers obtain adequate access to training and research

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The project will ensure that all farmers obtain adequate access to training and research. Wikimedia

The World Bank on Monday approved a $125 million loan for Sri Lanka to help small farmers improve productivity and tackle climate change.

The programme will benefit more than 470,000 small farmers in six provinces in the dry zone of the country, selected for being most exposed to climate impacts, the World Bank said in a statement cited by Xinhua news agency.

Sri Lanka is particularly vulnerable to climate-related natural disasters such as floods and droughts with hundreds of people killed in recent years, the report said.

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Sri Lanka is particularly vulnerable to climate-related natural disasters such as floods and droughts with hundreds of people killed in recent years, the report said. Pixabay

“Innovation, including the introduction of improved crop varieties, cropping patterns, water resources management, among others, can help farmers adapt to changing climate and improve their incomes and livelihoods,” said World Bank Country Director for Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough.

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The project will ensure that all farmers obtain adequate access to training and research.

Sri Lanka’s agriculture is one of the worst-affected sectors by climate change. Agriculture contributes about 7.7 per cent to the country’s economy and employs 27 per cent of the population. (IANS)