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

l power structure by empowering women through a programme of gender equality that has 1.37 million of them serving as elected members of the panchayats. At an event on women's leadership here on MoNDAy, sarpanch of a Himachal Pradesh panchayat, Kala Devi, spoke of how she worked to change the ingrained patriarchy in her village and removed the ban on menstruating women visiting temples, besides getting bridges and roads built. Bhakti Sharma, who

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

e cash that farmer takes out to buy inputs) is minimal. But the third type - marketised agriculture - is the most damaging: They need to buy every input from the seeds to water, tractor, fertilizers &NDAsh; all of which are cash-based. The agriculture refinance model is also flawed. A farmer borrows cash, spends to buy inputs, and faces the risk of crop loss due to rain-fed farming. In such a scenario, if a crop fails, he gets stuck in debt. Gandhi

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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 J

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Unemployment at nearly 10%, among youth it's 28% -Subodh Varma

years. [See chart below] This is for all those jobless people who are willing to work, whether actively seeking jobs or not. Weekly estimates point to an unemployment rate nearing a record 10% mark &NDAsh; 9.94% to be precise, as of September 27. Please click here to read more.

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Suppressing criticism a sure fire recipe for policy mistakes: Raghuram Rajan

service. New Delhi: People in authority have to tolerate criticism and suppressing criticism is a sure-fire recipe for policy mistakes, former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said MoNDAy. In an essay on LinkedIn, Rajan said governments that suppress public criticism do themselves a gross disservice. “People in authority have to tolerate criticism. Undoubtedly, some of the criticism, including in the press, is ill-informed, m

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Floods in many parts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh

-PTI Monsoon season officially ended on MoNDAy. Several parts of Bihar and Uttar 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

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

of school education across the country, according to the ranking. There are huge differences in the quality of school education across the country, according to a Niti Aayog ranking released on MoNDAy. Among 20 large States, Kerala was the best performer with a score of 76.6%, while Uttar Pradesh came in last with a score of 36.4%. However, Haryana, Assam and Uttar Pradesh showed the most improvement in their performance in 2016-17, in comparis

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Defecation death: Girl was molested too, say kin

eptember 25 for defecating in the open has alleged that she was molested by the accused. Her 11-year-old cousin also died in the attack. Bhim Sena has called a complete bandh in Shivpuri town on MoNDAy to protest the killings. Additional police force has been deployed in the region. Molestation isn’t mentioned in the FIR, nor does the autopsy report mention sexual assault. But on SuNDAy, the gir

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Institutions weakened, economy crippled -M Suresh Babu

zlitt grouped the pillars of market economy into private property, free markets, competition, division and combination of labour and social cooperation. Institutions are needed to strengthen these fouNDAtional pillars are a prerequisite for markets to work. Please click here to read more.

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