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No worries, government assures dairy industry on RCEP -Jitendra

iven by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry to representatives from the dairy industry during a closed-door meeting on September 18, 2019. The government had invited senior officers of the National Dairy Development Board including officials of cooperative milk companies from states like Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Bihar to the meeting. RG Chandramohan, the managing director of India’s lar

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Agriculture 4.0: Here are 10 elements of strategy that the sector needs -PVS Suryakumar

managing soil health and fertility vary widely between soil scientists and indigenous knowledge experts. Science is shy to research how indigenous knowledge systems work on farmers’ fields. The National Innovation Foundation has codified several such ideas. The National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, has noted that the food we eat is low on many nutrients. Improving soil health is thus sine qua no

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Can we prevent rural suicides? Yes, it is possible, says a recent WHO-FAO publication

t the most hazardous pesticides, along with advice and training about low-risk alternatives; * requiring data on human risk assessments, particularly in relation to acute toxicity when ingested, for National registration of new pesticide products; * facilitating the registration and use of low-risk pesticides; * strengthening inspection and other regulatory control; * being aware of the conflicting agendas of different stakeholders; * supporting

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J&K High Court panel to probe charges of illegal detention of children -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu SC says plea filed by child rights activists Enakshi Ganguly and Shanta Sinha raise “substantial issues and alleged detention of children”. The Supreme Court on Friday assigned the Jammu and Kashmir High Court’s Juvenile Justice Committee to inquire into allegations of illegal detention of children — some as young as 10 — by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, which is undergoing a period of lockdown following the reading down of Article 370.

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Food ministry pushes for increase in allocation of subsidised food grains -Rituraj Tiwari

-The Economic Times NEW DELHI: The food ministry has revived the proposal to increase by 2 kg each the allocation of subsidised food grains to 810 million poor people covered under the National Food Security Act. Food minister Ram Vilas Paswan has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his approval for this proposal, which has been lying before the Cabinet for some time. If the proposal gets clearance, it will help the government o

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Telling Numbers: InterNational migrant count slopes downward in India

-The Indian Express The 51,54,737 interNational migrants in 2019 represent just 0.4 per cent of the total population of India. On Wednesday, the UN Population Division released the dataset InterNational Migrant Stock 2019. While the size of the Indian diaspora in other countries was reported in The Indian Express on Thursday, the exhaustive dataset also showed striking trends in inter More »

Courts of injustice -Prashant Bhushan and Cheryl D'souza

m the NRC in Assam rests with the Foreigners Tribunals. The constitutionality and conduct of these quasi-judicial bodies are questionable Over 1.9 million people have been excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. The herculean executive exercise, mandated and closely monitored by the Supreme Court, has incurred a staggering expenditure of over Rs 1,200 crore and immeasurable cost in terms of human suffering and death.

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For the demographic dividend -Amitabh Kundu

ned as the total number of children to be born to women in her lifetime by the current age specific fertility rates. By 2025-30, it will fall to 2.1, sliding further to 1.9 during 2045-50. As per the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), India’s TFR declined from 2.7 in 2005-6 to 2.2 in 2015-16. When the TFR touches 2.1, which is called replacement fertility level, we can say that the population is getting stabilised, subject to the momentum fac

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India is the top source of immigrants across the globe

-The Hindu A UN report reveals that one-third of all immigrants come from 10 countries India has emerged as the leading country of origin for immigrants across the world, with 17.5 million interNational migrants in 2019 coming from India, up from 15.9 million in 2015, according to a dataset released by the Union Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York on Tuesday. Sharp increase The Inter More »

Tabrez Ansari lynching case accused face murder charge

-The Hindu “I am happy that the accused will now be facing murder charges. We will not let anyone off the hook,” Ansari’s wife Sahista Pervez said. Ranchi: Making a U-turn in the Tabrez Ansari lynching case after allegations of attempts to weaken the case, the Jharkhand police submitted a supplementary charge sheet on Wednesday, seeking punishment under Section 302 of the IPC (murder) against 11 of the accused. Another two accused, who were apprehended later, would a

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