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Explained: Article 370 and Article 35A -Subodh Varma It is the existence of these Articles that suppoRTEd the integration of Kashmir into India, unlike the RSS and BJP’s campaign against these Articles. With Home Minister Amit Shah’s announcement of a new Presidential Order which finishes off Article 370 of the Constitution and the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, there is widespread confusion as to what exactly has happened. Due to a sustained campaign b

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2 lakh laid off in last 3 months by auto dealers, says FADA

future and sought immediate government intervention such as reduction of GST to provide relief to the auto industry. “The majority of job cuts have happened in the last three months... It staRTEd around May and continued through June and July,” FADA President Ashish Harsharaj Kale told PTI. “Right now most of the cuts which have happened are in front-end sales jobs but if this (slowdown) continues, then even the technical jobs

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Dial 'M' for Manufacturing -Santosh Mehrotra & J Parida

tilities) have grown in absolute terms between 2011-12 and 2017-18. However, a gain in these two fields is not enough to offset the loss in agriculture and manufacturing jobs. It also needs to be asseRTEd that while a reduction in the number of people depending on agriculture is a positive development, a fall in manufacturing employment is a worrying reality. We also need dispose off the concern that the PLFS data are flawed because they do not ca

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RSS blames RBI for economic slowdown, defends Modi govt policies -Anjali Das

The RBI looks at production, market demand and liquidity to decide on interest rates. With a slowing down demand resulting in less production, it will be disastrous to slash interest rates. The quaRTErly results of many companies have indicated that most companies jave posted a loss in their revenue. If the RBI cuts down interest rates, this will also slash interest rates on deposits which is harmful for the economy currently. Ratings agency CRI

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Demonetisation showed fake currency was a myth, says Bombay High Court

urrency notes and coins easily identifiable for vision-impaired people, the court asked the Reserve Bank of India why it kept changing the sizes and features of currency notes, The Indian Express repoRTEd. “You [government] keep saying it is because of fake currency,” a bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice NM Jamdar said. “I doubt that reason. Demonetisation showed that it was a myth that Rs 10,000 crore were taken

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Why VVPATs aren't enough to build confidence in EVMs -Atanu Biswas

iracy theories about possible tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are still doing the rounds. That important opposition leaders have demanded a return to paper ballots and even openly suppoRTEd EVM-rigging theories has lend credence to the latter – although some of their behavior can be attributed to just being bad losers. Still, doubts about EVMs have been planted, despite the fact that none of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Tra

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Finding the data on missing girls -Sabu M George

ers home deliveries and births in government institutions. Data from the HMIS are incomplete and not representative of the country as a whole as births happening in private institutions are under-repoRTEd. The HMIS report itself acknowledges that based on the estimated number of births, the number of repoRTEd births is much less in both the years considered — 2015-16 and 2018-19. Points of delivery

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Punjab: After drugs, AIDS scare; In 5 years, 34 per cent rise -Raakhi Jagga

ch passing year. The National AIDS Control Organisation has indicated that the number is likely to cross 10,000 in this financial year. Already, 2943 patients have tested HIV positive in the first quaRTEr of 2019-20. While in 2014-15, there were 5385 HIV positive cases detected in Punjab, this number touched 8133 by 2018-19 end. The increase has been continuous with 5543 cases detected in 2015-16, followed by 5987 case in 2016-17. In 2017-18, the f

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Over 77,000 feedback letters on draft National Education Policy -Priscilla Jebaraj

ll take the next few weeks to make changes to the draft before it is submitted for Cabinet approval. According to Ministry sources, the largest number of letters received so far — about a quaRTEr of the total — came from a campaign opposing the draft NEP’s proposal to change school teacher recruitment norms. Scathing assessment The draft policy is scathing in its assessment of current teacher recruitment procedures. “T

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