Nearly 500,000 people are affected by the drought in central India. For many the situation is hopeless. Hundreds of farmers have committed suicide.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a towering statue of independence leader Sardar Vallabbhai Patel. Over 180 meters tall, it dwarfs the world's next-tallest statue, which is located in China.
Thousands of desperate farmers across India have taken to the streets to demand loan waivers and higher prices for their produce. The season of agrarian discontent continues. Murali Krishnan reports from New Delhi.
The Indian rupee has turned out to be Asia's worst-performing currency this year as the nation's economy struggles with rising oil prices, a widening current account deficit and broader emerging market concerns.
The Australian government has announced an aid package of millions for farmers struggling amid a prolonged dry spell. Meteorologists say the already devastating drought could worsen further in the coming months.
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