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In the national media conference, media practitioners take pledge to uphold positive values in digital communications

event, the 4th All India Media Conference-2019, organized here by Jaipur-based media advocacy organization, Lok Samvad Sansthan, in collaboration with Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, and suppoRTEd by UNICEF-Rajasthan from September 27 to 29. The three days witnessed lively interaction, hectic parleys and spirited panel discussions by well-known experts in the field of media.   During the three days, the subjects on whic

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Odisha: Braille press gets machine to print HS books -Hrusikesh Mohanty

the press currently supplies books to students of classes 1 to X. Manager Prakash Narayan Rath said not just texts, rules and acts of the government were also printed in Braille here, as was a quaRTErly science magazine of Odisha Vigyan Academy called Vigyan Digant. The Braille calendar had also been printed here for the past seven years here, he said.     The Times of India, 4 October, 2019, please click here to access

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Residents worried as Madambakkam panchayat digs more wells

er. However, residents say their borewells are increasingly going dry and two months the panchayat too has to dug as many as 50 borewells in the locality to meet the needs. Residents say the trend staRTEd when three open wells were dug on the bed of Madambakkam lake about a year ago and water was extracted for supply to neighbouring areas. They claimed that PWD officials have not conducted a single survey to determine groundwater levels. Please cli

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Ashok Dalwai, CEO, Doubling Farmers' Income Committee, interviewed by Rajalakshmi Nirmal (The Hindu Business Line)

O, we would know how we are faring, but we are confident that we are in the right direction. * Which of the government initiatives on agriculture over the last three-four years do you think has staRTEd bearing fruit? DFI has three important pillars. One is increasing the total output from agriculture by realising higher productivity. The second is to ensure cost-effectiveness through efficient use of resources. The third is to ensure remunerativ

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Onion prices coming down says govt; farmers in agitation mode

-The Hindu Business Line New Delhi: Even as Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan claimed on Thursday that onion prices have staRTEd cooling down in both retail and wholesale markets, Shetkari Sanghatana, an apex farmers’ body in Maharashtra, announced that all onion markets would be indefinitely closed from October 7 if the Centre failed to revoke its decision to ban onion exports and imposition of stock limits on traders. Retail onion prices

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The intriguing case of a massive slowdown in the auto sector -Gurbachan Singh

in affordable housing segment under PMAY? Sales in the auto sector and in related industries have fallen considerably in India. Maruti-Suzuki, the country’s leading car manufacturer, has repoRTEd a 32.7% decline in its total vehicle sales. There is a similar situation across the sector, including the two-wheeler industry. The sector has already lost over 300,000 jobs. What explains the massive slowdown in the auto sector in a short span of

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Delhi's tap water fails to meet BIS test; not safe to drink -Priscilla Jebaraj

from the Bureau of Indian Standards has been sent to state capitals to collect samples of tap water to see if they meet quality standards, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan told repoRTErs on Thursday. “We expect the report by the first week of November and will release Swachh Pani rankings to show which state is supplying safe drinking water at least in their capitals,” he said. Please click here to read more.

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How not to plan for a rainy day -R Srinivasan

llapsed roofs. This happened because this time around, the machinery was ready. More than 1.2 million people had been evacuated to pre-built storm shelters, more than 2.3 million text messages had aleRTEd others to move out of harm’s way. More than 9,000 community kitchens kept people fed. The economic impact was still enormous, but thousands of precious lives had been saved. Please click here to read more.

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Why is there a high rate of farmer suicides in Punjab's Malwa? -Anju Agnihotri Chaba

y this seems to be the case and how exorbitant lease land rentals is one of the factors behind the high rate of farmer suicide in Malwa: * Where have the highest number of farmer suicides been repoRTEd from? According to a joint report by Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, farmer suicides due to debt drastically increased in the late 1990s. The maximum such suicides

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Women sarpanchs tell UN how rural India's power structure is changing

he said, is provision of reuseable sanitary napkins. She got 100 per cent enrollment of girls in school and extended local school availability beyond 8th standard, she said. As sarpanch, she staRTEd a tailoring unit staRTEd in her village to provide jobs for women and got it a contract to provide uniforms for children in government schools in her block. Other achievements she listed included, insta

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