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Noted Gandhian economist Dr Sudarshan Iyengar interviewed by Rutam Vora (The Hindu Business Line)

, which imposed wheat and rice consumption on traditionally millet-consuming people. If millet had been included in the PDS, it would have provided sustenance to the local ecosystems, but they transpoRTEd food from distant places to these regions and disturbed the local ecosystem. Unless there is local procurement and local distribution, PDS at the centralised level is a disaster. It led to corruption. Gandhi insisted on making the village ecosystem s

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The link between jobs, farming and climate -Pulapre Balakrishnan

nomic crisis?’ Presumably, they had been prompted by the all-absorbing news of a slowing economy. It is indeed correct that such a slowing is taking place. Growth has slowed for the past few quaRTErs — the past two-and-a-half years, if we go by annual growth rates. That this has not been comforting to the government is evident from the fact that its Ministers are running from pillar to post in an effort to goose the economy. But should

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New numbers show dip in growth of core infrastructure sectors

to take note of weak demand conditions in its policy review on October 4 and cut rates. The eight core sector industries had expanded by 4.7 per cent in August last year. During the latest repoRTEd month, output of coal (-8.6 per cent), crude oil (-5.4 per cent), natural gas (-3.9 per cent), cement (-4.9 per cent) and electricity (-2.9 per cent) contracted while only production of refinery products (2.6 per cent), fertilizers (2.9 per cent) and

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Floods in many parts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh

tar Pradesh were reeling from floods on Monday following incessant showers over the past few days. The death toll in rain-related incidents has mounted to 145 across the country. Uttar Pradesh repoRTEd the highest number of deaths — 111 since last week. Twenty-five have died in Bihar. The weather department has forecast a long delayed withdrawal of monsoon and more rains for Patna, where several areas still remain submerged due to heavy ra

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Kerala tops Niti Aayog's School Education Quality Index; UP is worst performer -Priscilla Jebaraj

arison to the base year of 2015-16. The School Education Quality Index assesses States on the basis of learning outcomes, access, equity and infrastructure and facilities, using survey data, self-repoRTEd data from States and third-party verification. Tamil Nadu was the top performer in access and equity outcomes, while Karnataka led in learning outcomes. Haryana had the best infrastructure and facilities. Please click here to read more.

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What can be done to address the demand drought in our economy? -Suresh Seshadri

-The Indian Express Why tax sops are not enough? What can policy makers do? The story so far: A worryingly persistent slowdown dragged economic growth in India down to 5% in the fiscal first quaRTEr, its weakest pace in more than six years. And while the recent weeks have seen the possible reasons for the slowdown, as well as the government’s policy measures to ostensibly help revive the economy being put under the spotlight, the missing d

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Could air pollution crisis come early this year? -Kabir Agarwal

inister Arvind Kejriwal to write to his Haryana and Punjab counterparts. New Delhi: With the arrival of the paddy harvesting season, there has been a sharp increase in the number of farm fires repoRTEd in Punjab. There were 107 fires between September 24 and 26 this year compared to just 11 in the same period last year, according to a report in The Hindu, an increase of almost ten times. The higher number of fires is comparable to the figures re

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Govt may seek Rs 30,000 crore interim dividend from Reserve Bank of India

-PTI Government finances have come under pressure due to moderation in revenue collection and a slew of measures taken to lift growth from a six-year low of 5 per cent in the first quaRTEr of the current fiscal. The government may seek an interim dividend of about Rs 30,000 crore from the RBI towards the end of the financial year to meet its fiscal deficit target of 3.3 per cent of GDP for 2019-20, sources said. Government finances have co

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Defecation death: Girl was molested too, say kin

Yadav had tried to rape the 12-year-old a month ago. “She came home crying, saying that when she resisted and pushed him aside, Hakam threatened her with dire consequences,” she told repoRTErs. Please click here to read more.

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Stubble burning season starts in Punjab and Haryana -Shagun Kapil

dents in Punjab in the last 72 hours Nasa satellite images recorded scores of farm fires across Punjab and Haryana in the last seven days, indicating that the stubble burning season has staRTEd in the two states. Several red dots, indicating stubble burning activity, were seen in the images, especially over the districts of Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala in Punjab, and Karnal, Kurukshetra and Ambala in Haryana. Some places in nei

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