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Bt brinjal: Where do we stand? -Rohit Parakh

lly made its way out to farm (atleast 1 known farm so far) and plates. Different state governments across political spectrum in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Bihar, West Bengal, OriSSA, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh all in different degrees rejected Bt brinjal as well. Please click here to read more.

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How India can reduce its alarming child mortality rate

the year 2000 to 1.2 million in 2015. Unfortunately, this still meant that India had the highest child mortality rate in the world in 2015. The study also found big disparities among states — ASSAm reported nearly eight times the number of deaths as Goa — and among districts within the same state. What is most worrying is that some of the top causes of these deaths were preventable infectious diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhoea. This

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National Network of Sex Workers condemn recent raids on sex workers in Mumbai

ted that the Justice Verma Committee was constituted to recommend amendments to the Criminal Law so as to provide for quicker trial and enhanced punishment for criminals accused of committing sexual aSSAult against women. The Committee submitted its report on 23rd January, 2013. Please click here to access the petition submitted by the National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW). NNSW comprises 63 organisations spread over eight states with over 1.5 lak

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Cities at crossroads: Federalism for the city -Isher Judge Ahluwalia

ated with rapid growth has been largely unplanned, much more so than in most other developing countries aspiring to middle-income status. Going forward, as we try to achieve rapid growth which is neceSSAry to provide growing employment opportunities for our young work-force, we need to position our cities as drivers of the structural transformation of the Indian economy. UN projections suggest that India’s urban population will increase from

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Government's key agenda must be to accelerate growth -C Rangarajan

16-17 was 8.2%; in 2018-19 it was 7%. Accelerating economic growth must be on top of the agenda of the new government. It is only a fast growing economy that will generate the surpluses which are neceSSAry to address many of our socio-economic problems and to provide social safety nets. Decline in investment rate For faster growth, what is critically needed is a higher investment rate. In current prices, the ratio of Gross Fixed Capital Formatio

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Is 'Right to Work' More Important Than 'Minimum Income Guarantee'? -Dunu Roy

While most electioneering superficially touched upon the two problems and their remedies, the attention paid to both by academics and the media exhibits a social pressure. The purpose of this eSSAy is to examine if this attention is in accord with the needs of the workers, as expressed in documents and charters issued on their behalf, on the issue of urban unemployment. One of the pivots around which this examination will take place is the p

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Water experts warn of 'desertification' of Marathwada -Shoumojit Banerjee

gion,” said Prof. H.M. Desarda, economist and former member of the Maharashtra State Planning Board. Mismanagement of water resources by successive governments, coupled with four decades of inceSSAnt ‘water mining’, had led the groundwater table across the Marathwada region to decline precipitously to the point where rejuvenating it had become impossible, he said. “Of the 76 talukas in eight districts that comprise Marathwad

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Bihar, U.P. & West Bengal are worst affected by arsenic contamination in groundwater, says recent report

The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD & GR) in its latest report has identified arsenic hotspots across the country, most notably in the states of ASSAm, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Please consult chart-3 to get an idea about the geographical spread of arsenic hotspots in India. On the basis of arsenic concentration in the range 0.01-0.05 mg

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Insurers can't deny cover for mental illness, adventure sports enthusiasts -Rachel Chitra

day came out with new rules that will have widespread ramifications for health insurers and the general public. Insurers henceforth cannot decline coverage to those who have used opioids or anti-depreSSAnts. Nor can they exclude those with a history of clinical depression, personality disorders, sociopathy, psychopathy, or neurodegenerative disorders. They cannot exclude kids suffering from development disorders such as Down’s syndrome, cere

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Centre's stand and BJP word differ on countrywide NRC -Vijaita Singh

immigrants, The Hindu has learnt. On October 8 last year, a petition was filed by the Tripura People’s Front and others in the Supreme Court to update the NRC in Tripura as is being done in ASSAm, to detect and deport “illegal immigrants” from Bangladesh. The petition asked the SC to direct the authorities to update the NRC by taking July 19, 1948 as the cut-off date. The SC had subsequently issued a notice to the Centre and St

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