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

of these products have case fatality rates like those for suicide attempts by hanging and firearms. There is a rich literature available, which indicates the ill-effects of chemical pesticides on Human health and environment. The recently released booklet of WHO-FAO says that long-term occupational or domestic exposure could cause chronic illnesses – including dermatitis, respiratory problems and cancer apart from reproductive, neurodevelopm

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Courts of injustice -Prashant Bhushan and Cheryl D'souza

s (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. The buck now passes to the Foreigners Tribunals. The fate of close to two million people who have been excluded from the NRC rests with these one-man tribunals. The constitutionality of these quasi-judicial bodies — from t

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The slow climb to the trillion economy peak -Indira Hirway

-The Hindu There has to be a focus on Human capital formation and in addressing the real reasons for the economic slowdown On Independence Day, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that India would be a $5-trillion economy in 2024, a line that has been picked up by ruling party leaders, Ministers and also senior government officers. However, this is surprising as the impact of economic growth on major development goals — examples b

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Economic crisis: Why it suits neoliberals to point fingers solely on demonetisation 'shock' -Prabhat Patnaik

quo;hasty manner of introducing the Goods and Services Tax”, for which the Narendra Modi administration is squarely responsible. Singh called the crisis “man-made”, i.e, a result of Human error, arising from a lack of judgement and understanding, because of which such extraneous jolts to the system were administered, rather than of any immanent tendency within the neoliberal trajectory itself. The conclusion that would follow from

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A case for a differential global carbon tax -Rohit Azad & Shouvik Chakraborty

ir standard of living Climate change is a global problem, and a global problem needs a global solution. The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report suggests that we, as Humankind, might have just over a decade left to limit global warming. The IPCC says total global emissions will need to fall by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050. If these targets are not met, tropical regions of the world, which ar

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Top farm scientists body rejects zero budget natural farming -Harish Damodaran and Parthasarathi Biswas

Farming (ZBNF), terming it as an “unproven” technology bringing no incremental value gain to either farmers or consumers. “The government should not needlessly invest capital and Human resources towards promoting ZBNF. We have given our recommendations in writing to the Prime Minister and it reflects the view held by the scientific community,” said Panjab Singh, president of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAA

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UNHRC asks India to end lockdown in J&K -Kallol Bhattacharjee

-The Hindu Michelle Bachelet also asked India to ensure that the National Register of Citizens verification in Assam does not leave the people Stateless Geneva: The UN Human Rights Council urged India on Monday to end the lockdown in Kashmir and restore basic communications services. Delivering the Opening Statement, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet noted the situation in

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Development matters, but so does identity -Rajeev Bhargava

-The Hindu Disturbing a federal system that protects the complexity of Human identities could pave the way for conflict It is sometimes claimed that once ordinary people benefit from economic development, they automatically set aside issues related to their identity. Such a view was found not only in materialist theories that gave explanatory primacy in Human life to economic factors but also among

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IIT-Madras, Delhi University, three others get Institution of Eminence status

ued to five public institutions including IIT-Madras, IIT-Kharagpur, DU and University of Hyderabad, declaring them as IoEs,” Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said. New Delhi: The Human Resource Development Ministry has awarded the status of Institute of Eminence to the IIT-Madras, the IIT-Kharagpur, Delhi University, Benares Hindu University and the University of Hyderabad, said an official statement. Four private universities

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