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Wednesday, April 04, 2001






The mango mounds in Hyderabad's wholesale fruit market is good news for the mango-lovers, but with some of the crop blighted, prices may not be all that encouraging for the sellers.

Population scene: Green and red signals
THE Census Commissioner has released the provisional population figures for India for March 2001 -- 102.70 millions, with 53.13 million males and 49.57 million females. He takes credit for a reduction in the decadal growth rate of population during 1991- 2001 being 21.34 per cent as against 23.85 per cent during 1981-1991. The exponential growth rate of population per annum would be 1.95 per cent per annum during 1991-2001 as against 2.14 per cent per annum during 1981-91, and 2.22 per cent per annum dur ing 1971-81.

Farm export package
DECLINING SHARE OF agricultural products in the export basket, complete phase-out of quantitative restrictions on imports and falling commodity prices leading to widespread discontent among growers have all heightened concern in the Government about the future of agriculture.

Information Technology
Net aversion
AT one time, there was a grave concern about the incurable addiction to the Net on the part of the Internet community, forcing it to spend long hours browsing and surfing the hundreds of Web sites unfolding on the monitor with all the gimmicks and graphi cs that communications technology was capable of. The members of the younger generation, in particular, never had enough of the charms of the Internet.

Advantage Jayalalitha?
ONE of the most common refrains in Tamil Nadu politics is that till M. G. Ramachandran was alive, the DMK, led by its president, Mr M. Karunanidhi, could not win an Assembly election in Tamil Nadu. The worst insult the mega hero of the Tamil screen is su pposed to have heaped on the DMK chief was winning the 1984 election from his hospital bed in the US, where he had gone for a kidney transplant.

Jaswant Singh's US visit -- Putting the right foot forward
THE MINISTER for External Affairs, Mr Jaswant Singh, is to visit the US on April 5-7 for the first high-level talks with the leaders of the new Bush Administration.

High-strength, lead-free blue pottery
THE blue pottery articles designed and produced by artisans from Rajasthan, especially from Jaipur, are well-known. Exquisitely crafted flower vases, pen-stands, corner pots, and kitchen jars and casseroles adorn several Indian homes and are also exporte d to many countries.

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