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'Bill aims to reduce river water to a commodity'

dquo;But the Union government, instead of strengthening such rights of riparian communities, farmers and local governments, aims to centralise powers. The Bill will completely take away these rights. Human beings, cattle, plants, and other animals have a right over water,” he said. Please click here to read more.

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Five-year Yoga Day bill: Rs 114 crore -Vishal Narayan

sed on one day of a year is compared to allocations for certain schemes and national commissions, the figures may indicate misplaced priorities. For instance, under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan of the Human resource development ministry, the IIT faculty and its research scholars are funded to devise eco-friendly technologies for rural problems. The need for the mission arose to address the urban-rural iniquity. But if funding is any indication of impor

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Eggs in Mid-Day Meals, Anganwadis Will Ensure Nutrition -- and Gender Parity -Kanika Sharma

s, and often shared plates with children or other women which entailed an overall lesser intake of food. Similar findings have been reported in other survey research. The SARI survey and the India Human Development Survey found that between 40-60% of rural women reported that men eat food first in their households. The latest round of the National Family and Health Survey has found that nationally, men are more likely to consume milk, curd and frui

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Climate change could cause 29% spike in cereal prices: leaked UN report -Nitin Sethi

isrupted globally, the study warns. Report to be officially released in August “The rate and geographic extent of global land and freshwater resources over recent decades is unprecedented in Human history,” a report authored by UN’s panel of scientists from across the world on climate change is set to inform. Business Standard reviewed a leaked copy of the draft report sent to the governments of 197 countries. The report warns tha

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The price of a good cuppa -Soumitra Ghosh

e estimate, the plantations employ about three lakh permanent daily-wage workers. However, despite their large numbers, the issues of tea plantation workers, such as labour standards and violation of Human rights, hardly get any space in the media, let alone being discussed in policy circles. As the plantations are located in remote places, the narratives of deprivation remain confined to these alienated enclaves. Our independent survey in 30 tea

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The escape from freedom -Avijit Pathak

-The Indian Express Normalisation of surveillance destroys what sustains a civilisation — Human interaction filled with trust, care. Even though Delhi Government’s decision to install CCTV cameras in school classrooms has generated an interesting debate, it is important to see beyond the classrooms, and reflect more intensely on the meaning of living in a society that normalises and sanctifies surveillance. As an ideology that seek

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Sewer deaths: Centre calls for quick response units

he official said the workers had not been given protective gear, training or backup support by their employers. He said while mechanical cleaning should be promoted, there were some instances when Human entry into sewers and tanks could not be avoided. “Therefore, to implement the provisions of PEMSRA Act, 2013 regarding hazardous cleaning of sewers/septic tanks, it is advised that States/Uts/ULBs [urban local bodies] should set up an ERSU

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Ecological perils of discounting the future -Kalvakuntla Kavitha

aster”, a pointer to how the encroachment of lakes and river floodplains has driven India’s sixth largest city to this ineluctable situation. The Chennai floods are a symbol of consistent Human failings and poor urban design which are common to most urban centres in India if not urban centres across the world. Now, Chennai is in the midst of another crisis — one of water scarcity. Unlike issues such as traffic congestion or crime

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Midday meals left 900 children ill

dard food since 2016 More than 900 children were reported ill across the country with zero fatalities due to the consumption of mid-day meals in the past three years, according to officials of the Human Resource Development Ministry. The Ministry had received 35 complaints from 15 States and Union Territories (UTs) regarding substandard food quality in the same period. “A total number of 930 children were reported ill and none of them d

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