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Lokpal search panel formed, it will frame its own rules of functioning, govt tells SC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

ew Delhi: The government informed the Supreme Court on Friday that a eight-member search committee has been constituted in September 2018 for zeroing in on eligible candidates for Lokpal and the anti-Corruption authority will frame its own rules of functioning. The panel is led by former Supreme Court judge, Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai. On September 27, the Department of Personnel and Training issued a notification listing the names of the commit

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Agra farmer earns Rs 490 from potato crop, sends it to PM Modi in protest

-Hindustan Times Pradeep Sharma, the farmer from Nagla Nathu village in Agra’s Baroli Aheer area, also alleged Corruption in the agriculture department with regard to the crop insurance. Lucknow: An Agra-based farmer, who could save a mere Rs 490 after selling 19 tonnes of his potato crop, has sent the entire amount to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by money order as a protest. Pradeep Sharma, the farmer from Nagla Nathu village in Agr

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Why the farmer suicide debate is counter-productive to understanding India's agrarian crisis? -Roshan Kishore

f of the agrarian crisis in the country by a large section. India’s political economy discourse is often a prisoner of the dictum that when there is no theory, there is a conspiracy theory. Corruption, rather than an accentuated cyclical shock after the global financial crisis, combined with the poor governance structures in Indian banks, is described as the main reason for the bad loan crisis. Reservation for socially deprived communities,

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How The Modi Government is Killing Off MGNREGS -Subodh Varma

s, and aggrieved people have no method of correcting the growing number of technical glitches arising from the electronic fund transfer systems. All this is topped by increasingly novel ways in which Corruption is creeping into the system, snatching away hard-earned and precious wages from the people. Let us put some of these features under the microscope to understand the reasons. Rising Demand, Sinking Availability of Work The demand for work

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Jean Dreze, activists protest in Bihar -Amarnath Tewary

housands of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) activists, on Friday protested against the “harassment and intimidation” of those who have raised questions of Corruption related to the MGNREGA scheme in the Muzaffarpur district of north Bihar. The protest march led by Mr. Dreze, Mr. Dey, Rajendran Narayanan and Sanjay Sahni began at the local Jubba Sahni park in Muzaffarpur and ended at the District Collecto

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Women From Himachal Pradesh Protest, Demand Better Medical Facilities

ambulance service was stalled, due to which the patient suffers.” Services like ‘Dial 102’ or ‘Dial 108’ in the state have time and again witnessed mismanagement and Corruption. Numerous cases were reported this year when patients had to resort to hailing cabs in the middle of the night. According to patients’ accounts, the 108 helpline either did not respond, or the condition of the ambulance was reported to be

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An invitation to Corruption? -Suhrith Parthasarathy

inate the infusion of black money into electoral funding. But not only is this argument palpably false, as a simple reading of the scheme’s terms shows us, the programme also virtually endorses Corruption in political funding, as Milan Vaishnav has argued. Consider, for example, the fact that the scheme allows for complete anonymity of the donor. Neither the purchaser of the bond nor the political party receiving the donation is mandated to disc

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Prakash Singh, former IPS officer, interviewed by The Times of India

had led to largescale arrests and surrenders of naxals in the 90s. Basic causes responsible for the growth and spread of naxalism were not addressed – issues relating to poverty, unemployment, Corruption, tribals’ rights – and therefore the movement resurrected, significantly, with greater vehemence every time. It would therefore be premature to write the obituary of the movement until the socio-economic causes are addressed. * I

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A very material shift -Sajjan Kumar

cupational identities are now competing with caste and religious identities. A sense of solidarity around occupational identity has been forged by a combination of factors such as rampant lower-level Corruption; destruction of the rural and agrarian economy and livelihoods allegedly on account of demonetisation; anger due to lower minimum support prices; anger due to schemes like the Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana, which allegedly benefits the intermediary

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