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Russia to become world’s largest wheat exporter in 2016

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Wheat exports from Russia are expected to set a new record this year, outpacing the biggest wheat exporters Canada and the US, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

According to USDA statistics, Russian exports this year would rise three percent to 23.5 million metric tons. US wheat exports are projected to fall to a 44-year low, to 21.8 million tons. Canada’s exports are expected to be 20.5 million tons, down from 24.1 million the year previous.

Record harvests, a strong dollar and cheap oil are the factors which could shake up the multibillion-dollar global wheat market.

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Government hints at incentives for resumption of film, TV production

“To accelerate the restart of filmmaking that had come to a standstill as a result of COVID, we are also coming up with incentives of production in all sectors, including TV serials, film-making, co-production, animation, gaming. We will be announcing these measures shortly,” Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday..

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Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar has announced that the government will soon issue Standard Operating Procedures to boost resumption of film production, at a time when the nation is witnessing the unlocking phase after the lockdown.

“To accelerate the restart of filmmaking that had come to a standstill as a result of COVID, we are also coming up with incentives of production in all sectors, including TV serials, film-making, co-production, animation, gaming. We will be announcing these measures shortly,” the minister said on Tuesday while speaking at the 21st edition of FICCI Frames.

Owing to the COVID- 19, this year the annual event was held virtually instead of being organised near Powai Lake, where it normally takes place.

The FICCI Frames Virtual Summit will continue till July 11.

As the nation witnesses a phased opening up of the Covid-19 induced lockdown, film industries across the country prepare to get back to action.

On Tuesday, Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu took to Instagram Stories to announce she was back at work. She gave a glimpse of her make-up vanity room, sharing that she has started shooting amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Let’s do this. #BackToWork,” Taapsee captioned the image.

Also on Tuesday evening, trade analyst Taran Adarsh announced that a new Bengali film titled “SOS Kolkata” will be going on floors on Wednesday. The film starring Yash, Nusrat Jahan, Mimi Chakraborty, Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Shantilal Mukherjee in key roles, is slated for a Durga Puja release this year.

In Mumbai, Ekta Kapoor recently resumed shooting for her daily soap “Naagin 4”.

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Economic mismanagement a tragedy, will destroy millions: Rahul Gandhi

The Congress leader has been raising the issue of economic problems Indians are facing due to the lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic.

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New Delhi, July 7 : Reacting to a research report that Indians are worst-hit on the economic front and that 8 out of 10 rural households had lost income during the coronavirus pandemic, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday alleged that the economic mismanagement was a tragedy that was out to destroy millions.

“India”s economic mismanagement is a tragedy that is going to destroy millions of families,” he tweeted.

He said that it would no longer be accepted silently.

The Congress leader has been raising the issue of economic problems Indians are facing due to the lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic.

Rahul Gandhi was quoting research by University of Chicago and Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, which said that 80 per cent rural and 75 per cent urban households have suffered loss in income.

Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal in a statement on Tuesday said that the country lost nearly 13 crore jobs, with many states reaching unemployment figures of 40 per cent.

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HDFC Bank cuts interest rates on loans by 20 bps

Banks review MCLR every month. Last month the HDFC Bank had reduced MCLR across tenors by 5 bps.

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Mumbai, July 7 : The HDFC Bank has reduced the marginal cost of funds-based lending rates (MCLR) on loans across tenors by 20 basis points with immediate effect.

Following the reduction, MCLRs of the bank will range from 7.10 per cent to 7.65 per cent.

The bank”s overnight MCLR now stands reduced to 7.10 per cent and its one-month MCLR is 7.15 per cent. One-year MCLR will now be 7.45 per cent, while three-year MCLR stands at 7.65 per cent.

Banks review MCLR every month. Last month the HDFC Bank had reduced MCLR across tenors by 5 bps.

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