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A tragedy that was long in the making -Patricia Mukhim

dent in the letter written to the National Disaster Response Force. It was only after a Delhi-based lawyer, Aditya N. Prasad, represented by senior Supreme Court advocate Anand Grover and his team of Human rights lawyers presented their suggestions to the court that the Meghalaya government got different actors to the accident site. Mr. Prasad has never visited Meghalaya. When asked why he is the petitioner on behalf of the miners, he simply said: &ld

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Dietary diversity, behaviour change in Indians key to better health and environment -Sahana Ghosh

and sugar to decrease by more than 50 percent, while consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes must increase more than two-fold. Describing the planetary health diet as one that sustains Human beings in terms of health and wellness but also supports the environmental goal of protecting the planet, professor K. Srinath Reddy from the Public Health Foundation of India, one of the authors of the report, expressed concern over the lack of die

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'Beware of fake news, it spreads fast'

last one decade: speakers at a seminar Fake news spreads fast and Internet has its dark side that everyone should be aware of, said speakers at a national conference organised by Gandhi School of Humanities and Social Sciences, a branch of GITAM University, in association with Public Relations Society of India (PRSI), Hyderabad, and Press Club-Hyderabad, here on Thursday. “Six players – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Alphabet (owners of G

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Those we take for granted -Kiran Bhatty & Dipa Sinha

rm the backbone of the country’s social welfare system. India’s ability to achieve its SDGs or to have a healthy skilled workforce that contributes towards economic progress or social and Human development depends to a large extent on the performance of teachers, nurses, anganwadi workers, panchayat secretaries and PWD staff. That is perhaps why they have been at the receiving end of the criticism for shortfalls in the country’s soci

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

made to dilute even the basic purpose of the law. What kind of law do we need and how can we ensure that whistle-blowers are protected? We need a law that recognises the need for protection of any Human being who has the courage to expose and disclose the working of a corrupt and arbitrary system. Even after the President’s assent, however, the law (diluted as it is) is yet to be notified. The first step, therefore, will be to notify the whis

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Universal Basic Income can be funded by reducing subsidies to the rich -Pranab Bardhan

ogical distress or are victims of the recent disaster of demonetisation. UBIS avoids the problem of deciphering who is poor and who is not, which is an intricate problem in India — the India Human Development Survey found that in 2011-12 about half of the officially poor did not have the BPL card, while about one-third of the non-poor had it. In any case I look upon UBIS not as an administratively easier anti-poverty programme; to me it is mo

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49 elephants killed in Railway accidents between 2016-18: MoEFCC -Shiv Sahay Singh

In 2016, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) released ‘Eco-friendly measures to mitigate impacts of linear infrastructure’, an advisory document for mitigating Human-animal conflicts. Despite this advisory, and many others issued by conservationists and organisations, deaths of wild animals in road and railway accidents have continued unabated. The MoEFCC told the Rajya Sabha, in response to a question by MP

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A solution in search of a problem: on 10% reservations -Sonalde Desai

nal Sample Survey (NSS) of 2011-12 shows that the annual per capita expenditure for 99% of households falls under this threshold, even when we take inflation into account. Similarly, as per the India Human Development Survey (IHDS), the annual household incomes of 98% of households are less than ?8 lakh. Even if we apply all the other criteria for exclusion (e.g. amount of land owned and size of home), the Bill would still cover over 95% of the househ

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P Sainath, acclaimed journalist and Founder-Editor of the People's Archive of Rural India, interviewed by Anuradha SenGupta (News18.com)

he ratio for the percentage of crorepatis went up to 53 percent. In the 2014 Lok Sabha, the percentage of crorepatis is 82 percent! These are the people who are going to represent some of the poorest Human beings on earth. They're going to represent much better the class forces that sponsored them, that drove them into power. So you have all the time in the world to get the GST Bill passed. The Swaminathan Commission report and that is the mantra o

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