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Farmers typically await the autumnal rains before they sow their seeds, planting ahead of the gloom and cold of winter. If goes well, a crop will emerge and grow over the next few months until it is ready for harvest.…

Govt considering another package to minimize lockdown impact: Report


The government has started working out the possible post-scenarios and is considering another booster shot to minimize the impact of and revive the economy but nothing has been finalised yet, senior officials said on Sunday.

The focus is on issues that may come up after the is lifted on April 15, an official said. There have been discussions about a package but nothing has been finalised yet, the official said, adding that the idea is to revive consumption, “so some measures might be needed.”

If a package is announced, it would be the third major initiative by the government to tackle the challenges thrown up by the rapid spread of

On March 24, hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a countrywide lockdown, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a slew of relief measures for taxpayers and businesses. Two days later, Sitharaman announced a Rs 1.7-lakh-crore relief package for those hit hardest.

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On Sunday, the officials said they are also looking at the possibility of redesigning some

Coronavirus threatens to spoil airlines’ relationship with customers


Visiting California was on Amrita’s mind since she got her first job in 2020. She saved and planed a trip to Las Vegas and booked her tickets last December for a travel in April. Thanks to the outbreak which forced India to cancel international flights, Amirta’s plan is stuck and so are her Rs 42,500 (ticket price).

Gulf major Etihad has refused to provide her refund and instead has given her a voucher of equivalent amount which can be used till 31 July 2021. With the virus spread becoming severe in US, Amrita is unsure of any international travel in near future and now spends at least 10 minutes daily in trying to get her refund.

“I called them and they were just robotic, repeating the same information, that Etihad has decided not to give refunds and offer a voucher,” said Amrita, 25. “They wouldn’t deviate from the repetition and wouldn’t pass me over to anyone else. Just said I could log a complaint but that wouldn’t get me a refund.”

The same story reverberates in domestic sectors as all Indian are refusing to refund cash and

Diversify your portfolio with these 5 alternative investments


As many will be well aware, diversifying your portfolio is an essential way to ensure the safety of your investments and reduce the inherent risks attached to purchasing stocks in companies across related industries.

However, the stock market isn’t the only source of lucrative investment opportunities, especially if you’re looking to diversify.

Investing beyond of the bourse on so-called “passion investments”—investing in collectible or rare physical assets which allow you to enjoy the money you have put into them—is one increasingly popular method of diversifying

As HSBC notes, passion investments provide “a physical store of worth…unlikely to entirely lose their value”, unlike traditional stocks and, indeed, have the potential to be valued far higher than their original price over time.

But what are the best investments with which to diversify your portfolio in the first place? Read on for our suggestions.

Fine wine

With its own stock exchange, the Liv-ex (London International Vintners Exchange), and a global network of traders, fine wine is one of the most reliable investment opportunities available. According to the Telegraph, fine wines increased in value by 20 per cent in the year ending July 2017, and beyond the stock market itself, fine wine has

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