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17 Mar 2018, Edition - 977, Saturday


  • The Congress and other political parties have been alleging that EVMs tampered during polls and demanding reintroduction of the ballot paper system of voting.
  • J&K Minister Altaf Bukhari sings praises for Separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani | Bukhari: Geelani is a very big leader and my stature is too small
  • Pro-Khalistan terrorist convicted of killing former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh does not regreat his action, says his lawyer.
  • MS Dhoni all praise for Nepal after it was granted ODI status by the International Cricket Council (ICC)
  • Mohammed Shami issues clarification on wife’s ‘rape’ allegations
  • According to reports, a Bangladesh player broke the glass while celebrating the team’s win over Sri Lanka in the T20I Nidahas Trophy tri-series.
  • 43-year-old Tara had earlier confessed to his involvement in the assassination of Beant Singh in 1995.
  • Delhi: NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) busts big drug racket.
  • 3 Bangladeshi nationals held in Pune | Arrested nationals said to have terror links | Accused have links with Al Qaeda affiliate | ATS to probe their terror links
  • Modi and his associates allegedly defrauded Punjab National Bank of around Rs 13,000 crore through fraudulent LOUs of PNB


Farmers asked to prepare land for sowing in June, July

Covai Post Network

COIMBATORE: Farmers should prepare their land for sowing during the months of June or July, according to Dr. Jayanthi, Director, Crop Management TNAU.
Giving details, Dr. Jayanthi said the district would receive less rainfall than last ear. “If we receive good rainfall in March, April and May, farmers can sow serial crops such as wheat and barley that can be harvested in 120 days. Or else they can opt for groundnut which can be harvested in 150 days. With improved technology in soil management cotton, groundnut and ragi can be grow in clay type in clay type black soil,” she said.

Stressing the importance of storing water, she said the months of April, May, June, July, September and October were best suited for agriculture. “Water has to be stored. In case of drought, these stored water can be used for agriculture,” she added.

India has adopted the seed hardening technique where chemical and organic treated nutrient solution is used to control pests. “During summer plants should be watered in the mornings or late evenings. Water evaporates quickly from the soil during summer and it is not advisable to water the plants during day time. Plants that are grown in the balconies and terrace can be watered depending on the moisture of the soil.”

Dr. Jayanthi urged people, who maintain kitchen garden in their houses, to use glazed pots “as they prevent evaporation”.