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Right to Information

he start of the reporting year of 2014-15 *@ • Around 67 percent of men and 54 percent of women interviewed in the Street Corner Surveys in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and the National Capital Region of Delhi stated that they had heard of the RTI Act. 92 percent of the applicants across the sample states and governments were male, and 8 percent were female ** • 32 percent of RTI applicants interviewed in urban areas (in

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Human Rights

persons. This has been primarily because of increase in crime rates of alcohol-prohibition crime, theft, kidnapping and abduction, crimes against women and cheating ##   • At the National-level, the total number of deaths in police custody was 97 in 2015 $$ • The total number of police personnel charge-sheeted for human rights violation was 34 in 2015. No police personnel was convicted for human rights violation in 2015 $

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Water and Sanitation

engal was 93.48 percent **$   • Out of the 3788 villages surveyed by NSSO, 13.1 percent villages in India were found to have community toilets. Out of the sample villages, at the National level, 1.7 percent villages were found to be having the community toilets but not using them. 82.1 percent of all the community toilets available in the villages were being used for defecation or washing purpose *$ • While access and cove

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Impact on Agriculture

bsp; # “Veg or Non-Veg: India at the Crossroads”, Brighter Green, http://www.brightergreen.org/files/india_bg_pp_2011.pdf      ## Elucidation of the 4th National Report submitted to UNCCD Secretariat, 2010, Ministry of Environment and Forests, GoI, http://moef.nic.in/modules/divisions/desertification-cell/unccd-report.pdf    * Climate change, sustainable development and India: Glo

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Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS)

hildren. •    India has the largest school feeding programme in the world; in 2011, it reached 113.6 million schoolchildren. The Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS), the country’s National programme launched in 1995, aims to ensure that all children receive primary education and to boost the nutrition of students in primary-school classes. •    A pivotal Supreme Court ruling in 2001 – the result of a ci

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Time Bomb Ticking

*$ Innovative Viable Solution to Rice Residue Burning in Rice-Wheat Cropping System through Concurrent Use of Super Straw Management System-fitted Combines and Turbo Happy Seeder (October, 2017), National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), please click here to access     $$ Statistics Related to Climate Change-India 2015, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, please click here to access $ SAARC

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Public Health

seholds of the 5th quintile class (Usual Monthly Per Capita Consumer Expenditure) of urban area had some arrangement of medical insurance from private provider *$    • The draft National Health Policy 2015 proposes a potentially achievable target of raising public health expenditure to 2.5% of the GDP. It also notes that 40% of this would need to come from Central expenditures. At current prices, a target of 2.5% of GDP translate

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Education

EY TRENDS   • The Right to Education Act was implemented in 2010 and the first cohort of students to benefit from its provisions completed 8 years of compulsory schooling in 2018. Nationally, substantial improvements are visible over this 8-year period in the availability of many school facilities mandated by RTE. The fraction of schools with usable girls' toilets doubled, reaching 66.4 percent in 2018, says the ASER 2018. The prop

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Disaster & Relief

vernment of India has set up various committees for management of flood like Rashtriya Barh Aayog, Task Force 2004 and Working Group on Water Resources for XI Plan. The Government has also framed the National Water Policy 2002 and 2012 to govern the planning and development of water resources and their optimum utilization. The reports of the above committees/policies gave certain recommendations for management of flood in time bound manner. To achieve

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Social Audit

exchange-un.net.in/decn/cr/res11020901.pdf **page**   According to Empower.org, http://www.empowerpoor.com/backgrounder.asp?report=800: [inside]Social audit rules under National Rural Employment Guaranty Scheme (NREGS)[/inside]: • The rules lay out procedures under the three main stages of a social audit: preparatory phase, social audit forum, and post-social audit phase. • The social audi

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