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Dharavi Small Units on the Brink of Disaster -Amey Tirodkar

s of Dharavi Businessmen Welfare Association, there are 1,000 small units in the area – be it plastic recycling, leather, garments, aluminium factories and bakeries. The leaked report of the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) data has recorded a spike in unemployment in 2017-18. The Union government, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has denied the findings of NSSO data. But the reality on ground is entirely different than what the N

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Governing India's many spaces -Pulapre Balakrishnan

and ‘Environmental Performance’ (EPI). They are self explanatory, and their importance unlikely to be contested, even though they may not exhaust all concerns. Published by separate interNational bodies, they are used to rank the world’s countries according to their performance in the related sphere. Rankings by themselves do not reveal the level of attainment but they do convey how far a country is from the global frontier. The

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Healthy diet matters -Shenggen Fan

both. Thus, global efforts are urgently needed to collectively transform diets and food production. In this regard, the report draws from the latest evidence from around the globe, including the InterNational Food Policy Research Institute’s IMPACT model, to present scientific targets as well as overall strategies for food systems. Drastic changes required As the report highlights, transforming to healthy diets by 2050 will require drastic

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Sociologist Dipankar Gupta interviewed by Poornima Joshi (The Hindu Business Line)

ging cleavages is a tricky affair: it requires thinking of something universal for a large set of people with different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. That is the problem that the so-called National political parties face. So, from time to time, we have passions getting aroused based on one cleavage or the other: the caste reservation movements get overtaken by temple or regional chauvinistic movements. One overlaps and overtakes the othe

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A costly short-term borrowing: Dip into small savings -Sunny Verma

-The Indian Express The NSSF collects funds through small savings schemes, such as Post Office Savings Account, National Savings Time Deposits, National Savings Recurring Deposits, National Savings Monthly Income Scheme. It is a costlier form of borrowing for the government as compared to market loans. New Delhi: AN INCREASED reliance on the More »

Students hit Delhi streets for jobs -Pheroze L Vincent

the march included the student and youth wings of the CPIML-Liberation, Samajwadi Party and Swaraj India They came for jobs and to defend the quota. Thousands of students hit the streets of the National capital on Thursday, marching from Red Fort to Sansad Marg, to demand better employment and education opportunities in a show of strength that brought together youths from across the country. The 6km march of more than 50 student and youth gro

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Thomas Piketty explains why he is helping Rahul Gandhi with minimum income guarantee -DK Singh

ngress had contacted him. Helping the Congress: Piketty Piketty, a professor at the Paris School of Economics, told ThePrint that he, along with Professor Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation InterNational Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, M.I.T, was advising the principal opposition party in India on the proposed MIG scheme. “Yes, we’ve been exc

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How Maternity Benefits Can Be Extended to Informal Women Workers -Dipa Sinha and Sudeshna Sengupta

nk afresh about the challenge of supporting new mothers – even in the informal economy. Maternity entitlements in the form of wage compensation during pregnancy and after delivery is an interNationally accepted right for all women workers. It is also recognised as a supportive mechanism for exclusive breastfeeding, critical for child nutrition and well-being. The legislative framework for ensuring maternity entitlements for women workers in I

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Missing the gender-infrastructure link -Simrit Kaur, Sanchita Joshi & Vaibhav Puri

t Goals has room for improvement. The NITI Aayog should be complimented for releasing the “SDG India Index Baseline Report 2018”. The document tracks India’s progress at the sub-National level on 13 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The launch of an index that maps India’s endeavours at sustainable development is significant in several ways. The performance of the world’s second-most populous country wou

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Inequality is the moral challenge of our times, Stop evading it -Amitabh Behar

he fulcrum of the Oxfam report is the trend of growing inequality in the world, which is reflected in the tremendous concentration of wealth amongst a few individuals and a small number of TNCs (transNational corporations). The report says that 26 individuals have more wealth than the bottom 50% of the global population. Globally, the number of billionaires has doubled since the financial crisis, India has added 18 new billionaires in the last year ra

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