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Sangh arm slams Niti -JP Yadav

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's labour arm has accused the Niti Aayog of being committed to a powerful corporate lobby, said it was responsible for giving the Narendra Modi government an anti-labour face and called for revamping the think tank. The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh's scathing criticism of the think tank - that has replaced the Congress-era Planning Commission - coincided with celebrations by the BJP and the government to mark the "pro-poor" Modi regime's three years in office. "Niti Aayog is committed to a powerful corporate lobby functioning in the country and not to the weaker sections of the society.... Niti Aayog has succeeded in giving an anti-labour face to the government...," the country's largest trade union said in a resolution passed at its three-day national conference in Kanpur that ended yesterday. The labour arm of the RSS, the ruling BJP's ideological parent, also suggested that the "Government should rethink whether...

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Publishers fear red tape, censorship, Govt gets a warning -Ritika Chopra

-The Indian Express New and tough rules on ISBN prompt global body to react THE HRD Ministry risks losing its role of distributing International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) to publishers in India amid complaints of red-tapism and fears of censorship by the government. On March 29, in a letter sent to Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey, the ISBN International Agency warned that it is “seriously considering” revoking the ministry’s appointment as the agency for issuing ISBNs in India as the number of complaints has “reached unacceptable levels”. Last year, the HRD Ministry, then under Smriti Irani, digitised the allotment of ISBNs, a move that publishers complain has inexplicably slowed down publishing in India. The new online application system has also raised fears of censorship, with the ministry seeking details of each book before issuing ISBNs. Publishers, for instance, have to provide the book jacket, which carries synopsis and blurbs...

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Tears of joy: How onion farming is helping Madhya Pradesh's Korku Adivasis tide over drought -Rohit Jain

-Scroll.in Growing the traditional maize and soya bean crops is no longer economically viable. “The land is thirsty, the Korku is hungry,” goes the refrain of the Korku Adivasis in the Satpura forest in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district. An unrelenting drought since 2014 has parched the Korku farmland, driving a population of over 40,000 spread across 100-odd villages to desperation. In Khari village, for example, more than half the farmers have been forced to migrate in search of livelihood. Vishram Kajale, 33, has found work in a pulse-processing unit in Dhule, a town across the state border in Maharashtra. His three brothers have followed him out as well. “I have a well on my farm but it got filled up with mud,” he said, explaining why he had to leave. “I had cemented the walls but cracked developed in the concrete and it got filled up again.” The water crisis in the Adivasi region...

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India fails to protect property rights of indigenous and rural women, says report

-Down to Earth None of the 30 low and middle-income countries analysed met the standards of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women In what could be a wake-up call to global conservation efforts, a new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) says that legal protections for indigenous and rural women to own and manage property are missing in India and 29 other low and middle-income countries, together which account for 3/4th of the developing world’s forest. The study analysed 80 legal frameworks in these countries and said that although they all have ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), not one met the minimum standards outlined in the Convention. The lack of legal protection for women’s land rights can make community lands vulnerable to theft and exploitation, threatening the world’s tropical forests—a critical bulwark against climate...

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Maharashtra govt reviews measures for prevention of malnutrition death in tribal areas

-DNA Death of tribal kids during monsoon period when their parents don't get work has been a major issue since past many years. Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sumit Mullick on Wednesday held a core committee meeting to review the ongoing measures to prevent death of infant in the tribal areas. He directed health, women and child development and tribal departments to take necessary precautions for preventing various diseases whcih occur during the monsoon. Additional Chief Secretary of Health Department Dr. Vijay Satbir Singh, Principal Secretary of Finance, Vandana Krishna, Tribal Department Secretary Manisha Verma, Women and Child Welfare Secretary Vinita Singhal, Secretary of Rural Development Asim Gupta. Along with Palghar, Nandurbar, Amravati Collectors, Zilla Parishad CEO, various officers and NGOs working in tribal areas were present. Death of tribal kids during monsoon period when their parents don't get work has been a major issue since past many years. Last year, over 600 kids had died...

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