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Will the Centre present a 6th 'full budget'? Congress worried

It maintained that the Narendra Modi government neither has the “electoral mandate” nor the “electoral legitimacy” to present six full Budgets in five years. Talking to repoRTErs, former minister and senior Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said such a move would be “contentious and poRTEntous” with Constitutional ramifications. He cited reports that the BJP is about

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Those we take for granted -Kiran Bhatty & Dipa Sinha

not received their previous month’s salary, 50 per cent of the workers felt that the funds they received for running the day-to-day activities of the centre were inadequate and 40 per cent repoRTEd spending their own money to keep the centre’s activities going. Please click here to read more.

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As crops and jobs dry up, kids in Marathwada the worst hit -Priyanka Kakodkar

district, to the sugarcane factories of western Maharashtra and Karnataka. They left shortly before Diwali, seasonal migrants who will cut cane there for six months. Most huts in the village are deseRTEd, their wooden doors bolted. Only the elderly and children have been left behind, with a few sacks of grain and some money. “Usually, 50% of our village of 2,300 migrates. This year, it is 80%. Both crops were ruined and there is no work under t

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India stares at water scarcity -Gopalkrishna Gandhi

uo;s relentless warnings and observations of experts of the calibre and veracity of Ramchandra Sable, agro-meteorologist, and D.M. More, Secretary of the Second Maharashtra Irrigation Commission, repoRTEd in The Hindustan Times (January 6, 2019). Please click here to read more.

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Research fellowship hike likely to be notified by February -Jacob Koshy

of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and several universities converged for a protest in Delhi. About 700 of them were briefly detained by the Delhi Police, as The Hindu has previously repoRTEd. The students are gunning for at least an 80% hike in the research stipends given to those pursuing their doctoral degrees. “These are legitimate demands and the matter is being deliberated in the finance ministry. Hopefully, it should be

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

ould have been registered against the guilty. There are practically none. How then do we believe that there have been savings? The figure of Aadhaar authentication failure in the judgment, of a quaRTEr of a per cent, is ambiguous. There is no transparency in the process of deduction, and the result is at odds with the number of detected cases on the ground. The lived reality of the people who have to depend on Aadhaar to receive welfare disbursemen

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Impossible to double farmers' income in six years, says Abhijit Sen -Abhishek Waghmare

a scheme would be very different from the underlying concept of universal basic income, and choosing a few over everyone else might distort the market in unexpected ways, he said. However, he suppoRTEd the idea of farm loan waivers, saying that they “restart the economy” by letting banks lend fresh finance to the agriculture sector. Please click here to read more.

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The failed promise of employment -CP Chandrasekhar

6, before falling to 405 million in January-April 2017, arguably as a result of the effects of demonetisation. This essentially means that employment rose by 5.5 million between the first and last quaRTErs of 2016, and that demonetisation brought down that figure to an annual 4 million.  Even while claiming to have moved into the league of the fastest growing economies, Modi’s government seems to have been well short of target on employment

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Fabrication and falsification -Rajendran Narayanan

adequate wages on time and insufficient food mean that the family of four is in a dicey situation and staring at starvation. A curation of data In recent years, there have been at least 74 repoRTEd starvation deaths, with 60 cases having occurred in the last two years across parts of India; a lot of them have been in Jharkhand. Based on a directive by the Union Ministry of Rural Development, the Jharkhand government issued a report on 18 deaths

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Maharashtra government again takes steps to amend APMC Act -Radheshyam Jadhav

-The Hindu Business Line In an effort to reintroduce the bill seeking amendments in the Agricultural Produce Marketing (Development and Regulation) Act, the Maharashtra government has staRTEd discussions with stakeholders, including farmers’ leaders, traders and mathadi workers (head loaders). In the first meeting recently conducted by State Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, farmers’ leaders and traders reached an agreement on sc

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