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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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22 Jun 2018

Weak monsoon delays cotton, soybean sowing in India

MUMBAI Sowing of summer-sown crops such as soybean, cotton, corn and pulses has been delayed in India due to the slow progress of monsoon rains in central and western parts of the country, raising concerns over output, industry officials told Reuters.

22 Jun 2018

Weaker global gold prices lure buyers in most Asian hubs

MUMBAI/BENGALURU Gold demand picked up in most Asian centres this week as prices of the yellow metal slid to a six-month low, with gold being sold at a premium in India for the first time in seven weeks.

20 Jun 2018

India ships more cotton to China as 25 percent tax spoils U.S. supply

MUMBAI/BEIJING India's cotton shipments to China could grow five-fold to 5 million bales (850,000 tonnes) in the next crop year as exporters rack up orders amid a trade war that is forcing the world's top consumer to look for other sources of supply.

18 Jun 2018

Indian mills slash sugar exports as local prices rally

MUMBAI India is likely to export around 500,000 tonnes or just a quarter of the volume mandated by the government for overseas sales in 2017/18 amid higher prices at home, industry officials told Reuters.

14 Jun 2018

India raises import tax on crude, refined soft oils

MUMBAI India's government on Thursday raised import tax on crude and refined soyoil, sunflower oil and canola oil to the highest level in more than a decade, as the world's biggest edible oil importer tried to support local farmers.

14 Jun 2018

India's May palm oil imports hit multi-year low on higher import tax

MUMBAI India's palm oil imports in May plunged 38 percent from a year earlier to their lowest in nearly 4-1/2 years as higher import tax on the tropical oil made it more expensive, a trade body said on Thursday.

13 Jun 2018

India sells new season cotton crop to China in rare advance deals

MUMBAI/BEIJING India's cotton exporters have signed contracts to ship 500,000 bales (85,000 tonnes) of their new season harvest to China as the world's biggest consumer of the fibre looks to raise its imports in the next crop year, industry officials told Reuters.

12 Jun 2018

India set to miss key target for Japan-backed bullet train project: sources

PALGHAR, India/TOKYO India is set to miss a December deadline to acquire land for a Japan-backed $17 billion bullet train project following protests by fruit growers, government officials said, likely delaying one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's most ambitious projects.

12 Jun 2018

India farmers sow unapproved Monsanto cotton seeds, risking arrest

MUMBAI Many Indian farmers are openly sowing an unapproved variety of genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds developed by Monsanto, as the government sits on the sidelines for fear of antagonizing a big voting bloc ahead of an election next year.

12 Jun 2018

India's gold imports may fall 18 percent in 2018 as price rise cuts demand: Reuters poll

MUMBAI Gold imports into India, the world's second biggest buyer of the metal, could drop by 18 percent in 2018 from a year ago as rising prices and a falling rupee have dented demand from retail jewellery buyers, according to a Reuters poll.

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