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Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel waives farm loans, orders SIT probe into Bastar maSSAcre -Joseph John

-The Times of India RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday announced to waive farm loans to the tune of Rs 6,100 crore of more than 16 lakh farmers and also decided to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the deadly maoist attack in Bastar. Addressing his maiden press conference after the swearing-in ceremony and subsequent first cabinet meeting, Baghel said it has been decided to waive off all short-term loans availed by farmers from cooperative and r

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Poshan sakhis transform reproductive health in Odisha -Rakhi Ghosh

has a backyard garden, said that they eat a variety of vegetables now. “We train them to develop a nutritional garden of mixed vegetables, at a minimal cost, and provide a small loan, if neceSSAry,” Jasaswini Padhy, coordinator of Swabhimaan project, told The food demonstrations on millet, corn, greens and tubers that are plentifully available in these parts help the women add variety to their regular meals. Posi

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The anatomy of a police station -Rashmi Sharma

deploy the best people for the most difficult tasks. The thana was always short of money, and personnel spent from their pocket on stationery and other needs. The police personnel were extremely diSSAtisfied. They were entitled to 16 days of leave in a year, but this was never actually sanctioned. They reported being overworked, on duty 24 hours a day, with high stress. Their families were neglected. A head constable said that he had never attended

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No signs yet for escape from cycle of farm distress

the farmers here run up huge debts. The volatile market system has added to their misery. The current year too has brought tears for the tillers as 100 taluks are under the grip of drought again. InceSSAnt rain, floods and landslides have devastated not just crops, but even their homes and land in 45 taluks. While the state had targeted 74.69 lakh hectares for sowing in the Kharif season for 2018, actual sowing was done in 66.69 lakh hectares and s

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A tale of two States: the differing politics of rural Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan -Vikas Pathak

Lok Sabha election, Vikas Pathak visits two pockets of rural India, Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh and Jodhpur district in Rajasthan, and finds that the political instincts of the rural voter are not neceSSArily rooted in agriculture. A few farmers sit huddled near a statue of Sardar Patel at Balaguda village in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh pouring out their woes over steaming cups of tea. The statue marks the entry point to the Patidar-dominated village.

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Centre amends rules for minorities from three nations -Vijaita Singh

es — Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Parsis, Christians and Buddhists — from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who came to India before 2014. It has run into strong resistance in the BJP-ruled ASSAm because it will pave the way for giving citizenship mostly to illegal Hindu migrants from Bangladesh in ASSAm, who came after March 1971, in violation of the 1985 ASSA

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Week to NRC deadline, many are clueless -Rahul Karmakar

eople excluded from the draft don’t know how to find a place on the list Guwahati: A majority of those excluded from the complete draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) in ASSAm have no clue how to go about getting back on the list with only a week left for the crucial claims and objections round to end. The window for 40.7 lakh people excluded from among the 3.29 crore applicants was opened on September 25. It ends on De

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Three years ago, key statistics panel revised UPA growth up, Niti Aayog rejected it -P Vaidyanathan Iyer

n in growth rates for the UPA years but the Niti Aayog, then under Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya, did not allow its release. While Panagariya could not be reached and did not respond to a text meSSAge and an e-mail, then Chief Statistician T C A Anant confirmed that the release of data was withheld. “Niti Aayog had issues with a particular proxy we used for corporate sector growth estimates,” Anant told The Indian Express. There wi

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