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Too few FIRs in Delhi & Gujarat for fake currency notes seized during 2016, indicates NCRB dataToo few FIRs in Delhi & Gujarat for fake currency notes seized during 2016, indicates NCRB data

In a country where inter-departmental coordination hardly takes place in the government, a joint exercise undertaken by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is bearing fruits. The NCRB has started coordinating with the RBI for collection and sharing of Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) data. The new tables, which have been introduced in the NCRB's annual publication on crime, reveal that although the value and number of fake currency notes captured last year were the highest in Delhi, followed by Gujarat, the number of FIRs (first information report) registered for seizure of fake notes were disproportionately low in these two places. The NCRB data shows that the Union Territory of Delhi (total value: Rs. 5,65,21,460; proportion: 35.5 percent) was ahead of other states and UTs in terms of the total value of counterfeit currency captured in 2016.   Among the states, the value of fake...

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A unique opportunity for scribes: Apply for NFI Media Awards Programme 2018A unique opportunity for scribes: Apply for NFI Media Awards Programme 2018

The National Foundation for India invites application for its National Media Awards Programme, 2018. The award is for young, mid-career journalists  and will allow them to publish and research articles/ photo-essays on issues of national concern, which though important, do not receive adequate media attention.  The award supports the pursuit of in-depth, creative field research on these concerns and writing about them with adequate evidence. Under the programme, ten to twelve awards of Rs, 125,000/- are awarded to print and photo journalists each year. The award programme is now in its twenty third year, and so far around 230 journalists from across the country have been awarded under the programme. The foundation encourages proposals on a broad range of socially relevant issues.   The attached brochure (please click here to access) has details about specific thematic awards and application process. Please send in the completed applications to Mini Kakkar Singh (email id is...

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Govt.'s solution to end stubble burning is too costly for farmersGovt.'s solution to end stubble burning is too costly for farmers

How many happy seeder machines are currently available in Haryana and Punjab? Against the backdrop of a recent advisory issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in response to the dense smog that engulfed the entire NCR since October this year, the above question seems pertinent. The happy seeder machine is considered as a magic bullet  to curb the menace of stubble burning during the wheat-paddy cropping cycle, which is predominant in the above two states. The press release of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare dated 10 November, 2017 mentions about happy seeder. The ministry has issued an advisory to the state governments of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to create awareness among the farmers about the harmful effect of straw burning on environment and human health. Among other things, the ministry has advised farmers to use happy seeder machines for sowing wheat in the crop...

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Poor south west monsoon rainfall sours hope for good foodgrain outputPoor south west monsoon rainfall sours hope for good foodgrain output

The phenomenal growth in foodgrain production witnessed in the 2016-17 crop year will not repeat this year. Early prediction by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare shows that the kharif foodgrain production in 2017-18 may likely to fall by 2.8 percent as compared that in the previous year. The kharif foodgrain production is expected to decline from 138.5 million tonnes in 2016-17 to 134.7 million tonnes in 2017-18. Readers may note that the kharif foodgrain production in 2016-17 increased by 10.7 percent as compared to that in 2015-16.   The chart-1 clearly shows that the total rainfall received by the country as a whole during the south west monsoon season (June-September) as a percentage of long period average (LPA) declined by almost 2 percentage points between 2016 and 2017, which is likely to have caused a decline in foodgrain output in the kharif season.       Source: First Advance Estimates of...

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Non-linking of aadhaar with ration card is denying people their right to foodNon-linking of aadhaar with ration card is denying people their right to food

During the Bengal famine of 1943-44, over 2 million people died due to starvation, diseases and malnutrition, among other things. According to scholars, the apathy of the British government was largely responsible for such a massive tragedy. Despite the enacting of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in 2013, the situation of the downtrodden and the poor has not changed much in the country as compared to pre-Independence time. On 28 September, 2017 an 11-year old child named Santoshi died due to starvation in Karimati village of Simdega's Jaldega block (Jharkhand). The Jharkhand government officials have said that Santoshi died due to malaria. However, as per media reports, it has been alleged by the girl's family that they were being denied foodgrains for months and their ration cards got cancelled because it had not been linked to the aadhaar unique ID numbers. Since the aadhaar numbers of the family members were not...

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