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Shamnad Basheer, My Friend And One of the Country's Brightest Legal Minds -Mahtab Alam

across the globe. Shamnad was a relentless crusader, working day in and out to ensure diversity and representation of marginalised communities in the field of law and legal practice. An alumni of the National Law University, Bangalore and Oxford University, Shamnad was a man on a mission as he championed many causes ranging  from internet equality, fairness in IPR, public interest litigation, judicial accountability, to the rights of sexual minor

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Linking farmers to futures market in India -Tirtha Chatterjee, Raghav Raghunathan and Ashok Gulati

-Indian Council for Research on InterNational Economic Relations (ICRIER), Working Paper 383 Farmers, especially small and marginal, do not directly trade in agri-futures market in India. Their small size, lack of trust and understanding of futures market and dependence on middlemen, are some of the main deterrents. The role of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) is crucial in this context since they can procure commodities, aggregate them and e

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33% of India's skilled youth jobless: official survey -Ishan Anand & Anjana Thampi

reality is far more grim. Only a small section of the youth reported receiving any vocational training, and a large share of them were either unemployed or out of the labour force, the data shows. Nationally, only 1.8% of the population reported receiving formal vocational/technical training in 2017-18. 5.6% reported receiving informal vocational training (such as hereditary, self-learning, and on the job training). This means 93% of the population

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Are 57% 'doctors' quacks? Govt says no, then yes -Rema Nagarajan

nding to a question in the Lok Sabha. But the data has now gained official approval, with the same health ministry using it to argue the case for allowing community health practitioners (CHPs) in the National Medical Commission Act just notified. The FAQ on the Bill (as it then was) issued by PIB on August 6 said 57.3% of personnel currently practising allopathic medicine do not have any medical qualification. According to the WHO report based on t

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India has 20 river basins, all over-exploited -Sushmita Sengupta & Rashmi Verma

pant deforestation has cost the Ganga over 1,500 billion cusecs water near the Himalayas, says Prakash C Tiwari, lead author of a 2015 study on the Himalayan basin conducted along with the Australian National University of Canberra. It is, therefore, not surprising that along with the Ganga, the flow of its major tributaries has also slowed down. Between 2005-2006 and 2014-2015, the flow of Sone and Ramganga reduced the most — 69 and 55 per c

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Four dead as thousands rush across Assam for fresh NRC hearings -Abhishek Saha

sisters on board a bus to a senior citizen who fell ill during a hearing, four persons, including a 14-year-old girl, have died since Monday in Assam. All were among the thousands summoned for fresh National Register of Citizens (NRC) hearings that ended Wednesday. The Indian Express reported Monday that thousands in lower Assam districts received notices from NRC authorities asking them to appear at new hearings, mostly in far-off towns of Upper Ass

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Flood situation worsens in west Maharashtra, 1.5 lakh evacuated -Sushant Kulkarni

Division — in the last five days. Water levels have risen in Panchganga and Dudhganga rivers in Kolhapur, Krushna river in Sangli and Krushna and Koyna rivers in Satara following heavy rain. National Disaster Response Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard have joined rescue efforts. “From Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara districts, over 1.2 lakh people have been shifted to safer places in the last two days. The number of people evacuated in t

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Is Jammu and Kashmir underdeveloped as stated by Amit Shah? -Vignesh Radhakrishnan & Sumant Sen

es in terms of life expectancy. The former State had an average life expectancy of 73.5 between 2012-16. Kerala had the highest life expectancy of 75.1, while Uttar Pradesh had the lowest (64.8). The National average was 68.7. People served per government doctor 3,060 persons were served by one government doctor in J&K in 2018. Only six States have had lesser people served by one doctor. The best State was Delhi (2,203 people per government

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National Population Register to include Aadhaar details -Rahul Tripathi

ata of individuals NEW DELHI: The Registrar General of India will ask the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to verify biometrics of individuals for inclusion in the recently revived National Population Register (NPR) programme, instead of collecting them afresh. A senior home ministry official told ET that this puts an end to the debate on which agency has primacy over collection of biometrics. The contest had almost derailed UIDA

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