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Drought-hit Marathwada, Vidarbha disenchanted with Elections 2019 -Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

-Livemint.com * On 18 April, these victims of drought will vote, though they have little hope of a positive change irrespective of who wins the elections * In Latur, which in 2016 became the first city in India to be supplied drinking water by a specially commissioned train, has been the epicentre of this drought SOLAPUR/ AHMEDNAGAR/MADHA/ OSMANABAD: It is 2.15pm and the scorching sun makes Valsang village in Solapur district look even starker than it is. Ashabai Bhogappa Kamble, 45, is struggling to extract whatever little water is left at the bottom of a well in a bucket tied to a long rope. In the morning, a tanker contracted by the government had poured around 6,000 litres into the well. “That’s all we have for the day. The next tanker for this well will come tomorrow morning," Kamble says. Nearby, Siddharam Balshingkar, 30, is trying to balance two plastic pots on his...

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Crops in Guj, Rajasthan hit by rain: farmers knock at govt door

-The Hindu Business Line Horticulture farmers and wheat growers are the worst hit Ahmedabad: After a devastating hailstorm and unseasonal rains earlier this week in parts of Western India that damaged crops, farmers in Rajasthan and Gujarat are now pinning their hopes on the government assistance to make up for the losses. The worst hit are horticulture farmers and wheat growers, who were in the middle of the harvest season. According to estimates by farmers, 20 per cent of the crops in Rajasthan and Gujarat has been damaged due to hailstorm and rains. The affected crops include summer sesame seed, wheat, pulses, mustard and castor seed. The Gujarat wing of Bhartiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) has approached State government seeking compensation to farmers who have suffered losses. “There are massive losses on the fields and also at the marketing yards under APMCs. Ideally, APMCs (Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee) should take the responsibility of the losses and...

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NYAY to be implemented without additional taxes on middle class: Manmohan Singh

-The Hindu Business Line The former PM added that the economic stimulus that NYAY will provide will further help in fiscal discipline India's nearly $3 trillion economy has the fiscal capacity to absorb the expenditure to fund NYAY, the minimum income support scheme promised by Congress Party, without the need for any new taxes on the middle class, former Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, said. NYAY scheme -- announced by Congress Party as India conducts polls for the 2019 -- will cost between 1.2 – 1.5 per cent of GDP at its peak, said Dr Singh, former Prime Minister of India, in a release issued by the Congress Party. The economic stimulus that NYAY will provide will further help in fiscal discipline, he added. At a time when private investment and industrial production are low, NYAY – Nyuntam Aay Yojana – can help bring our economy back to life and create new factories...

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Are you Arya Samaji, Bohra, Marthomite or Kuka? - Dinesh Narayanan

-The Economic Times For next census, proposal being debated on adding separate heads for sects/branches of 6 major faiths. NEW DELHI: Are you a Kabir Panthi or a Marthomite or a follower of the Hinayana sect or an Ahmadia or a Kuka? Confused? These are sub-faiths under the rubrics of, respectively, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Sikhism. Census 2021 may ask Indians to identify not just whether they belong to one of the six broad religious categories – Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist – but also which branch/sect of these faiths they identify with. If the proposal, under discussion at the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India (RGI), is accepted, data on India’s religious diversity will be captured across a staggering 49 sub-categories of six major religions of India – Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism . Census is a decennial exercise. RGI is gearing up for the 2021 exercise —...

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Declining Female Labour Force Participation

-Economic and Political Weekly Demand- as well as supply-side factors constrain the labour force participation of rural women. The female labour force participation rate (FLFPR) in India has been one of the lowest among the emerging economies and has been falling over time. This has resulted in a decrease in the ratio of working females to the population of females in the working age group. The FLFPR in India fell from 31.2% in 2011–12 to 23.3% in 2017–18. Further, the FLFPR for rural areas declined by more than 11 percentage points in 2017–18. Although there has also been a decrease in the labour force participation of rural males, the rate of decline was much sharper for rural women. Not only are women withdrawing from the labour force, they are also being outcompeted by men in the existing jobs in rural areas. This situation necessitates a deeper understanding of issues that hinder female...

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