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Green norms for project expansion could be relaxed -Jayashree Nandi

IA Notification 2019 will replace the EIA Notification 2006 which made prior EIA, environmental clearance and public consultations mandatory even for expansion of projects. All projects concerning National defence and security or involving other strategic considerations, as determined by the Centre, will also be exempted from public consultations, and so will all linear projects such as highways or expressways, pipelines and so on, in border states

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Success story of Telangana welfare schools for SC students chosen for case study in Harvard University -Srinivasa Rao Apparasu

e society runs 268 social welfare schools providing free education, food and clothes to nearly 1.5 lakh children from Class 5 to under-graduate courses. “The students and the faculty of InterNational Educational Policy Course run by Prof Fernando Reimers of Harvard Graduate School of Education, have chosen Telangana social welfare residential institutions as a case study to critically analyse the efforts and policies of the state government i

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68% of child deaths in India due to malnutrition, says study

se of death among children below five years in India New Delhi: Malnutrition is still the cause of 68 per cent deaths in children under five years in India, a study done jointly by Indian and interNational agencies has revealed. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet, examined the period from 1990 to 2017 to gauge the state-wise health disease burden in the country. It was conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research

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National Nutrition Month: Government reviewing parameters used to measure stunting in children

ndia tops the list of countries with 46.6 million children who are stunted, followed by Nigeria (13.9 million) and Pakistan (10.7 million), the Global Nutrition Report, 2018 said. According to the National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4), 38.4 per cent children under five years of age are stunted or low height-for-age and 21 per cent wasted or low weight-for-height in India. As many as 48.3 per cent of children in Bihar under five are stunted, the

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Excess rain washes out IMD's methods -Jacob Koshy

-The Hindu New dynamical model failed to forecast August-September deluge. While India this year may have recorded its highest monsoon rain in 25 years, an analysis suggests that new monsoon models, called the Monsoon Mission Coupled Forecast Model (CFS), deployed by the IMD over the last decade don’t do better than the older ones in long-range forecasting. This year, India ended up with 10% more monsoon rain (or 110% of the long period average LPA of 887 mm) than usual. Howeve

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

r own merit, correcting the gender imbalance. He said that the quota system in the panchayats is only a start and is set to make a radical change in the role, participation and numbers of women in National and state politics and administration in the coming years.   The Economic Times, 1 October, 2019, please click here to read more

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One big farm: A detailed look at Kerala's agriculture scenario -Dhinesh Kallungal

from 63,476 tonnes in 2016-17 to 66,465 tonnes in 2017-18, with no change in area under cultivation. Among the coffee-producing states, Kerala stands second, next to Karnataka, contributing 21% of National production. Karnataka accounts for around 71%, and Tamil Nadu 5%. Arecanut Though there is a slight decline in the area under cultivation in Kerala in the last one decade, the production has not seen any dip. Please click here to read mo

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Odisha rights panel seeks report on distress labour migration

-The Hindu A full Bench directs the Labour Secretary to file a comprehensive report on the issue by October 28 BHUBANESWAR: A full Bench of the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Monday took suo motu cognizance of distress labour migration from the State and directed the Labour Secretary to file a comprehensive report on the issue by October 28. The full Bench of the OHRC, comprising chairperson Justice Bimala Prasad Das and members Justice Raghubar Dash and Asim Amitabh Dash, i

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CMFRI teams up with ISRO to collect wetland data

ospatial datasets to enable comprehensive monitoring system in the wake of climate change and wetland vulnerabilities said CMFRI Director A Gopalakrishnan. The app could become a game-changer towards National wetland resilience through by bridging the gap between satellite and ground data, he said. “Continuous monitoring will help provide village-level real-time advisories for aqua-farmers and alerts on the climatic phenomenon in the future&rdqu

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Smog does affect health but there is no data on the problem's magnitude -Soumi Roy Chowdhury & Sanjib Pohit

by the Health Effects Institute (HEI), claimed exposure to outdoor and indoor air pollution contributed to over 1.2 million deaths in India in 2017. Another study conducted by researchers at the InterNational Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and partner institutes peg the economic cost of exposure to air pollution from crop residue burning at $35 billion, or nearly Rs. 2.35 lakh crore annually, for the three north Indian states of Punjab, Haryan

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