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RTI trumps Official Secrets Act, says SC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

Act, which declared the RTI to have an “overriding effect” over OSA. Then Section 24, which mandates even security and intelligence organisations to disclose information on corruption and Human rights violations. Finally, Section 8(2), which compels the government to disclose information “if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to protected interests”. Mr. Venugopal defended that defence purchases dealt with the

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Millions to die prematurely by '50 due to pollution: UN -Vishwa Mohan

s of India NEW DELHI: Flagging the deadly impact of air and water pollution that annually claims at least nine million lives globally, a new UN report on Wednesday called for urgent action to save Humanity from the disastrous consequences of environmental degradation. It warned that cities and regions in Asia, middle-east and Africa could see millions of premature deaths by mid-century if the nations fail to drastically scale up environmental pr

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UP, Bihar continue to be down in the dumps in HDI: Report

d the pack on the crucial measure, where the country is ranked 130th globally, but are staring at a different trouble, the report notes. Mumbai: Uttar Pradesh and Bihar continue to languish on the Human development index (HDI) front, while others, including Haryana and Himachal, have shown an improvement in the past 27 years, says a report. The industrially progressive Gujarat and Maharashtra have slipped in the HDI ranking between 1990 and 2017

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A strange paradox for Indian women -Sonalde Desai

, mornings and afternoons are brightened by the smiling faces of girls and young women, dressed in their uniforms, walking to school. Almost all girls go to primary school and, according to the India Human Development Survey (IHDS) of 2011-12, 70% of girls aged 15 to 18 are still studying, only five percentage points less than boys. They frequently outperform boys. In 2018, in the Class XII CBSE examination, 88.31% girls passed, compared to 78.99% boy

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Prof. Guy Standing, economist at the School Of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (

s to say no to exploitative and oppressive relationships. It also emancipates people to take control of their lives to a certain extent. The third ethical reason is that it provides basic security, a Human right. Studies have shown that when people know that they won’t be starving tomorrow, their mental abilities increase, their capacity to be rational improves. There are also economic reasons—that it gives to the community and to individu

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Failing the forest -Bahar Dutt

-The Hindu Both Human rights and wildlife rights groups have not used the Forest Rights Act as a conservation tool On February 13, the Supreme Court ordered the eviction of more than 10 lakh Adivasis and other forest dwellers from forestland across 17 States. The petitioners, mainly wildlife NGOs, had demanded that State governments evict those forest dwellers whose claims over traditional forestland under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Tradit

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Quota, old plus new -Christophe Jaffrelot & Kalaiyarasan A

ered by a few jatis at the expense of those who “really need them”. Among Dalits, the Jatavs of Uttar Pradesh and the Mahars of Maharashtra have been targeted by such critiques. The India Human Development Survey, and its last two rounds of 2004-05 and 2011-12, helps us assess the limitations of such a discourse which, usually, does not rely on any solid data. In terms of their annual per capita mean income (APCMI), Jatavs are not at al

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Arvind Kejriwal flags off 200 sewer cleaning machines

rovided to skilled manual scavengers making them ‘sani-entrepreneurs’, officials said. “It is a historic day for Delhi to start this initiative and ensuring safety and dignity of Human life. These machines will put an end to the practice of sanitation workers entering manholes and septic tanks for cleaning,” Kejriwal said. He said the Delhi Jal Board and its officers had developed the technology and were able to provide t

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The thing about air -Mala Kapur Shankardass

ia attributed to air pollution in 2017 were of individuals under the age of 70. The average life expectancy in the country could be 1.7 years higher, if air pollution is contained at a level at which Human health isn’t harmed. However, policy and civil society responses to air pollution have been limited and delayed. It was only in January that the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change revamped the National Clean Air Programme (N

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Wake up to children's exposure to pesticides -Reena Gupta

t a distributional shifts in IQ, with fewer people in the brilliant range and more in the lower ranges of IQ.” Organophosphates (OP) are a group of chemicals that were initially developed as Human nerve agents during the 1930s and 1940s to be used by the Nazis during war. These were later adapted as insecticides. OPs are ubiquitous — a group of pesticides which is rampantly used in agriculture, gardens, pest control in homes and offi

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