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Good news for Indian GDP as 'normal' monsoon predicted

Fair rainfall distribution seen boosting agricultural output

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K. J. Ramesh, director general of India Metrological department speaks to the media in New Delhi on April 18.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India is expected to witness "normal" rains in the June-September monsoon season, the government's weather office has said, raising hopes for strong growth in farm output and the overall economy.

Rainfall is likely to be 96% of the benchmark Long Period Average with a 5% margin of error, the Indian Meteorological Department said on Tuesday.

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