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CP Joshi’s Congress Employment Guarantee Council

NREGA” in the August edition of party mouthpiece Congress Sandesh, Rural Development Minister C P Joshi has packed the apex body monitoring the implementation of UPA government’s flagship National Rural Job Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) with his partymen, edging out the original architects of the scheme. The Central Employment Guarantee Council (CEGC), the apex body under the NREG Act to monitor the implementation of the scheme, has six s

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First public audit of special economic zones in Maharashtra

tan. Public audits will take place in seven other States also and conclude in Delhi later this year. A report is expected to be sent to the government. The audit has been initiated by the National Alliance of People’s Movements, the National Centre for Advocacy Studies, the National Campaign for the People’s right to information, and other

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Farm boy who fed India

anda in 1999 has spread across East Africa and is marching towards South Asia. “We should have no illusions -- a global food crisis is still a distinct possibility if governments and interNational institutions fail to support (a) rescue mission,” Borlaug had told the assembled delegates. “Stem rust never sleeps, neither do rust workers (plant scientists),” he said, adding in jest, “a few jet-lagged scientists in thi

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Father of ‘Green Revolution’ Borlaug dies at 95

amp;M University said. A 1970 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his contributions to world peace through increasing food supply, Borlaug was a distinguished professor of interNational agriculture at the university. During the mid-20th century, the Iowa-born scientist led the introduction of these high-yielding varieties combined with modern agricultural production techniques to India, Pakistan and Mexico. As a resu

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Rs 1,000cr NREGS funds allowed to lapse

Ranchi, Sept. 12: Governor K. Sankaranarayanan has revealed that as much as Rs 1,000 crore had lapsed from funds meant for the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in 2008-09 in Jharkhand, prompting the Centre’s think-tank behind the job scheme to dub the state’s implementation record as “poor”. Calling the finding “unfortunate”, the governor today said the state could not afford to lose funds allocate

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Release of 2009 Global Corruption Barometer

nfluence public policy, laws and regulations, believe over half of those polled for 2009 Global Corruption Barometer. The Barometer, a global public opinion survey released today by Transparency InterNational (TI), also found that half of respondents expressed a willingness to pay a premium to buy from corruption-free companies. “These results show a public sobered by a financial crisis precipitated by weak regulations and a lack of corpor

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A home-grown drought

m was one of the first states to declare drought. High rainfall areas like Bihar and well-irrigated areas like Punjab and Haryana also suffered drought, said J S Samra, chief executive officer of the National Rainfed Area Authority under the agriculture ministry. Drought and floods happened together. In Assam the Ranganadi and the Brahmaputra breached embankments after Arunachal Pradesh suddenly released water from reservoirs. This caused flash

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It is raining Environment Reports!

India has recently witnessed the release of two important environment reports just before the Copenhagen Summit to be held in December, 2009. The National State of the Environment India (SoE) Report 2009 was launched on 11 August, 2009 by Minister of Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh. Another report titled United Nation’s World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) Report 2009 was released in early September, 2009 by Sunita Narain, Director, C

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Richer states, poor performance, in reducing malnutrition

they have experienced into the well-being of women and children. For instance, the fourth highest prevalence rate of underweighted children is in Gujarat (47.4%), according to a close scrutiny of the National Family Health Survey-III among children below 3 years. The state also has the third highest prevalence of the rate of stunted growth among children of the same age group. Haryana (35.9%) too has confronted a relatively higher prevalence of stunte

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Low female literacy impeding growth: Manmohan

ctor saying all steps to empower women socially, economically and politically would be taken by the government. Launching the Saakshar Bharat Mission in the capital, Singh also announced that a National Mission for the empowerment of women would be set up soon. While the Cabinet has already decided to amend the Constitution to provide 50 per cent reservation to women in panchayats and local bodies, the Self Help Group movement would be &qu

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