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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 forecast a long delayed withdrawal of monsoon and more rains for Patna, where several area

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

-The Hindu There are huge differences in the quality 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,

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

he government’s policy measures to ostensibly help revive the economy being put under the spotlight, the missing demand is yet to be addressed in a direct and concerted manner. As data from the National Statistical Office show, private consumption expenditure, which contributes more than half the gross domestic product and is the mainstay of demand, has decelerated so sharply that at 3.1%, the expansion is at an 18-quarter low. Automobile sales

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A bite of the apple -Bashaarat Masood

o;s three-decade-old conflict. Realising how central the fruit was to its attempts to restore “normalcy” in Kashmir, the Central government had announced on September 5 that NAFED (the National Agricultural Produce Marketing Federation) would procure apples in the Valley — a first for the central agency. Earlier, nearly a month ago, the government had said trucks of fruits, including apples, were moving out of Kashmir, “like

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

njab. To ready their fields for the rabi crop, farmers set fire to their fields to burn the stubble that remains after paddy has been harvested. It is known to worsen air pollution, especially in the National Capital Region. The trend picks up in late September, peaking towards the end of October. Please click here to read more.

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Drilling for uranium begins at Andhra's Allagadda; locals worried

-The Hindu People are wary about impact of drilling, says former Minister KURNOOL: The Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research has taken up drilling at 15 different location in the district in search for uranium. The operation is taking place from Allagadda mandal headquarters to Gajulapalli in Mahanandi mandal. District authorities said that the directorate was drilling about 250 metres deep for extracting samples. The samples would be sent

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UP worst hit as rain claims 48 lives in 4 states

-PTI As many as 35 fresh rain-related deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh alone NEW DELHI /PATNA /LUCKNOW: As many as 48 people died in rain-related incidents, majority of them in Uttar Pradesh, while incessant rainfall in Bihar, where an alert has been sounded, left the streets of state capital Patna and other areas waterlogged and residences of at least two ministers marooned. As many as 35 people lost their lives in Uttar Pradesh since September 27, th

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Exorcising third-degree -Maja Daruwala

Court to the subaltern knows — that torture is an endemic characteristic of Indian policing. Its presence is known, tolerated and even appreciated. Common Cause’s recent large National-level survey on the Status of Policing in India affirms the force’s easy camaraderie with violent means: Three out of five personnel believe there is nothing wrong with beating up criminals and four out of five think it’s okay to bash

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Rs 80 per kg and climbing: Onion prices may not come down anytime soon, here's why! -Sindhu Chandrasekaran

ve season is around the corner. While fuel prices hit a yearly high on the back of the ongoing tensions in the Middle East and the US-China trade war, onion prices surged to Rs 70-80 per kg in the National capital amid tight supplies. The soaring price of the key kitchen staple has made it such a valuable commodity at the moment that thieves have started stealing it from shops and godowns. Have you been wondering why onions have become so spe

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The attack on agroecology -Sujatha Byravan

rted by many agricultural scientists, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, farmers’ groups and several NGOs. It is therefore surprising that the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, based on a brainstorming session that included industry representatives, sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi opposing Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF). ZBNF, developed and publicised by agro-scientist

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