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Law and loopholes by TK Rajalakshmi

hile it is possible to have a law, it does not automatically mean that violence against women will come to an end. The report, jointly prepared by the Women’s Right Initiative and the InterNational Centre for Research on Women (ICRW), says that judges have been found to be hesitant to grant ex parte orders even when the circumstances demand such orders and that the proceedings are almost never completed within a reasonable time frame. The r

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Employment guarantee scheme under scanner after hunger death

A landless labourer dies on Christmas day after going without food for five days. Neither he nor his wife, who was a job card holder under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, knew they could demand work or avail of unemployment benefits as a right It was a death that could have been avoided. Kishen Singh, a 45-year-old landless labourer, died of hunger in Champakheda village in south Rajasthan. What is tragic is that Kishen and his wife

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The growth redux by Arjun Sengupta

omes of producers rise and demand for other products increase to spread the growth in larger areas. It seems there have been other collateral developments in many Bihar villages. Even though the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme has not been very successful there, trade and other industrial activities, including agricultural growth, have pushed up wages. As incomes increased, people spent more on education and sent their children to priv

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Minority education cell minus hands by Charu Sudan Kasturi

minority education watchdog has been reduced to an agency with a head but no body because of hectic lobbying over appointments after incumbent members either quit or completed their terms. The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, started five years back, is functioning at a third of its strength mandated under the law, crippling its ability to decide on key policy matters. Under pressure from sections within the Musl

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Centre unable to say when sugar price will ease by Gargi Parsai

additional availability of about 2.5 lakh tonnes of sugar every month which would have helped control prices,” he said. Sugar production was low this year, while the price was high in the interNational market. Mr. Pawar said the issue had been taken up at the level of the Ministry and the Cabinet Secretary “that this ban should be lifted.”Now, the Cabinet Committee on Prices was meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue [among ot

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Commercial activity around Corbett Park posing a threat to eco-fragile zone by Vinay Kumar

Unhindered commercial activity around the Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand is posing a serious threat to the eco-fragile zone and obstructing movement of animals. Flashy discos, motorbike racing, loud music, bright lights and lavish weddings in resorts on the periphery of the Park, in gross violation of laws and scant concern for the wildlife, are fast spoiling the peace and tranquillity of the eco-fragile zone. “There are abou

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20 m. solar lights planned by 2022 by Sujay Mehdudia

ndia plans to add 1,300 MW of solar power India plans to install 20 million solar lights and 20 million square metres of solar panel to generate 20,000 MW by 2022 as part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah said on Monday. “By 2022, we aim to install 20 million square metres of solar thermal collectors and save 7,500 MW power generation capacity,” he said at

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Postpone poverty survey

k volume, The Great Indian Poverty Debate, published before the latest estimates by Prof Suresh Tendulkar kicked off yet another round of heated discussion on the subject. The last major round of the National Sample Survey (NSS) measuring consumption was done in 2004-05, when growth was just taking off, after a five-year hiatus inaugurated by the Asian Crisis of 1997. The most recent poverty measurements are based on its findings. The substantiv

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Over 100 birds die in tea estate

d birds would be sent to the forensic laboratory for tests to ascertain the cause. Today’s deaths at Tiloijan tea estate comes close on the heels of migratory birds dying inside Kaziranga National Park on Thursday. Tea workers and people living in and around the estate today woke up to find dead birds lying in various parts of the garden. A few were found ill, unable to move. “Most of the species which were found to be de

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78-year-old woman waging lone battle for justice

the widow nor have they arrested anyone. As per the woman, the police officials have paid no attention to court orders passed in her favour three times in the past. She has also approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seeking justice. Her husband died four decades ago. She had inherited a considerable amount of property. Her two sons had preferred to stay outside the village. She used to li

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