Even the theatre culture, which has its own appeal, will be missed if the movies directly release on the OTT platforms. “I don’t know how commercially it will benefit the movie but yes, the buzz of Friday release and the weekend box office collection is something which we all will miss,” adds Kelkar, who has three films in the pipeline - Laxmmi Bomb, Bhuj: The Pride of India and Darbaan. … [Read more...] about Sharad Kelkar: Producers have to think about how to recover the cost amid the lockdown
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The country needs to go back to the basics and look at building an economy based on local skills and naturally available resources, Rajya Sabha MP and former Union minister Suresh Prabhu said on Thursday as he emphasised the importance of Atma Nirbhar Bharat. The five pillars of Atma Nirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India) are economy, infrastructure, system, vibrant demography and demand. Speaking at a webinar organised by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India, Prabhu said there is a need to work in a way that people's needs are adequately taken care of and demand of the world is also catered to. Noting that each district has unique traditional characteristics, he said that if a proper study and documentation are done to make the districts self sufficient, then it would have a transformative effect on rural India. "In ancient times, India ws a large economy and its products were sought after. It didn't produce steel, cement or automobiles at that time but it produced things based … [Read more...] about Need to look at building economy with local skills: Suresh Prabhu
MUMBAI: India's cotton exports could rise to 4.7 million bales in 2019/20, up 12 per cent from the previous estimate, as a fall in the value of the rupee to a record low made shipments competitive, a trade body forecast. Higher exports by the world's biggest cotton producer could put pressure on global prices, which are trading near their highest level in more than two months. Indian exports could also limit shipments from rivals such as the United States, Brazil and Australia to key Asian buyers such as China, Bangladesh and Vietnam. The rupee's fall has made Indian cotton the cheapest in the world and attractive for Asian buyers, Atul Ganatra, president of the Cotton Association of India (CAI) said. Indian cotton was sold at around 62 cents per pound on a cost and freight basis (C&F) to Asian buyers such as Bangladesh, while the supplies from the United States were available at around 70 cents, Ganatra said on Monday. The South Asian country exported 4.2 million bales in … [Read more...] about Weak rupee leads Indian trade body to lift cotton export estimate
New Delhi: Distribution companies or Discoms, often cited as the weakest link in the Indian power sector, have been the focal point of power sector reforms for decades now. The fact that the Prime Minister in a recent review meeting of Ministry of Power and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy highlighted that focus needs to be on de-stressing discoms, points towards a systemic persistent problem in the distribution sector in India.There have been many attempts by the government from time to time for financially overhauling the distribution companies, or discoms. The flagship scheme of UDAY launched in 2015 was a leap forward in this regards. As happened with earlier financial packages, the stimulus provided by UDAY also failed to make a difference as discom debts and outstanding dues have reached pre-UDAY levels in 2020.To further add to the discoms’ financial woes, the nationwide lockdown aggravated the situation with electricity consumption falling steeply, particularly for … [Read more...] about OPINION: Will power discoms ever become “Aatmanirbhar” or self-reliant?
In Noida, Aparna Rajagopal, of sustainable farm Beejom, feels giving farmers seed packs is a great way to get them on the path of sustainable farming. “Good open pollinated seeds are hard to come by, and only they can be saved to ensure seed security. We are still developing a seed bank, and we share only those seeds of which we have a reasonable quantity,” says Rajagopal who recently publicised Thodi (Malayalam for backyard) Tales, a community-supported agriculture initiative for those in Noida. People can subscribe and pay in advance for a basket of locally grown food, and products such as bio-enzymes and dhoop (₹800, including shipping). Proceeds go towards supporting Beejom’s animal sanctuary. “This model is perfect for farms like us who grow a lot of seasonal food, but not on demand. We don’t need customers, but a community of people who understand and believe in our journey,” says Rajagopal. … [Read more...] about When every order is a seed: How to buy produce in advance and aid farmer rescue projects