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The vexed issue of land acquisition by Pranab Bardhan

sh;see a joint article with some other economists, “Beyond Nandigram”, Economic and Political Weekly, April 28, 2007; a solo piece in The Hindu, August 1, 2009; and a few pieces in the AnaNDAbazar Patrika over the last couple of years). In this article I’d go somewhat beyond and suggest that the central government’s currently stalled Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill should be completely overhauled.

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Right to Education may increase quota to 40 per cent in schools by Chinki Sinha

a of 15 per cent to be absorbed in the RTE’s 25 per cent quota. They say the total reservation should be 25 per cent and not 40. “All private schools should then shut shop,” VaNDAna Puri, principal of Salwan Public School, said. “The burden will fall on those who pay. And the government won’t let us hike school fees either. It won’t suffice even if the government pays for the children in that 25 per cent

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Measuring progress by Jayati Ghosh

set up to look into alternative ways of measuring economic and social progress has added to the existing debate but not made any real advances.  FOR some time now it has been clear that staNDArd measurements of growth and development are inadequate and possibly even misleading. The problem of looking at only the aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) has been widely noted: its blindness to distributional issues and its inability to measure

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Not rubbish! India buys e-garbage by GS Mudur

’s own e-waste — like most other waste — is scattered across its cities and across the country. Most of it is picked up by junk dealers of the kind who knock on household doors on SuNDAy mornings, and then dismantled locally. “Imports of e-waste may become the easy way out for recyclers,” said Abhishek Pratap, a campaigner with Greenpeace, the international environmental organisation. “It’s far easier fo

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Fishermen, farmers to protest free-trade agreement

and Sharma to sign the agreement with ASEAN at Bangkok on August 13 has literally sounded the death knell for farmers and fishermen. "The move to firm up such an agreement had started during the NDA government under Atal Behari Vajpayee and has been realized now," he said. "Many organizations expressed their concern already about the proposed agreement even when it was at the discussion stage," he said, adding that the Kerala

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15 years on, tribals can’t find their land by Raj Kumar

Ranchi, Sept. 21: As many as 21 families belonging to eNDAngered tribes of Jharkhand haven’t been able to locate land given to them by the government 15 years ago, exposing the sham perpetuated by successive state governments professing their concern for the primitive tribes. This reality stared at the face of Ranchi deputy commissioner K.K. Soan and accompanying officials yesterday when they were visiting Basu Kocha and Jorebore village

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Kerala fights clock in ASEAN free-trade deal by Ranjit Devraj

rade Agreement (FTA) now slated to become operative in January 2010, agricultural experts, fishermen’s representatives, trade union leaders and Kerala’s Marxist Chief Minister VS AchuthanaNDAn have been at pains to convince the pro-reform central government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the deal should be postponed or even scuttled. India is a dialogue partner at ASEAN — which comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos

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Free trade deals to push up cost of medicines by Savita Varma

uitable international trade endorsed by the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Through them, developed countries often impose higher levels of intellectual property protection for medicines than those maNDAted by the WTO’s TRIPS agreement. In some cases, the terms are even harsher than those practised within the developed world, says the ’Forum Against FTAs’, a conglomeration of some 75 NGOs. It wants the government to be transpar

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A nutrition scheme held hostage by contractors by Biraj Patnaik

This led to the Supreme Court order of October 7, 2004, banning the participation of private contractors in the programme and directing that funds for supplementary nutrition be given to mahila maNDAls, women’s self-help gro ups and village communities. The logic of the move was fairly simple. Feeding children was not rocket science, and surely communities would be able to provide hot, cooked meals to children. Besides, decentralization of t

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Of hunger and its eradication by Sadanand Menon

st attacks and vagaries of weather. Claude Alvares savaged this in The Illustrated Weekly of India in the late ‘80s, through some brilliant pieces titled ‘The Great Gene Robbery’. VaNDAna Shiva and Amrita Rangaswamy too have not minced words describing the chicanery of what is passed off as agricultural technology that ‘saved India’. And Utsa Patnaik predicts the great hunger ahead at our threshold. Yet, the Indian

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