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Focussing on the critical years of a child's life -KR Antony

-The Hindu What the draft National Education Policy omits in its chapter on early childhood care and education The draft National Education Policy starts its opening sentence with a hitherto little-known fact: “The learning process for a child commences immediately at birth.” Many believe that children start learning only in school. It is true that language and numerical proficiency, and

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The makings of a digital kleptocracy -Reetika Khera

is being undermined. In 2017, my co-author and I wanted to check what proportion of beneficiaries receive their pensions or rations using data provided through government portals, for example the National Food Security Act and State social security pensions. We found data without dictionaries, abbreviations that were not spelt out anywhere, figures that were inconsistent across different pages of the same website, and missing or broken links. It t

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Rajya Sabha clears changes to Insolvency Code

-The Hindu The Upper House offers relief for home buyers New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed an amended version of the three-year-old Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The amendments seek to end ambiguity and streamline the resolution process further. It also gives home buyers the status of a creditor giving them a say in the resolution in case a housing project goes bust. Replying to the debate on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Finance Minister

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

-The Hindu About 5% useful; about 25% of letters on teacher recruitment norms The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has received more than 77,000 comments and letters on the draft National Education Policy (NEP), according to HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. The extended deadline for accepting feedback from the public ends on Wednesday, July 31. “About 5% of the feedback received so far is useful, and will be taken into

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Strict norms to guide use of 'trans-fat free' tag -Sushmi Dey

her food outlets can use the logo "Trans Fat Free" on their products or for display only if their products contain 0.2 gm or lesser trans fat per 100gm of food. The order -aligned with interNational food regulations -has been issued by the country's food safety regulator to gradually eliminate industrial trans fat, which contributes to most heart disorders and other related diseases causing at least 28 lakh deaths. The Food Safety and Sta

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A reality check indicates that MSP set for 2019-20's kharif crops is not 1.5 times the 'C2' cost of production

nata Party (BJP) clearly says that "in order to ensure remunerative prices for farmers, the minimum support price for 22 crops was increased to 1.5 times cost of production" by the previous National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. However, the news alert by Inclusive Media for Change dated 11th January, 2019 had shown that our farmers did not get 1.5 times the ‘C2’ cost of production for kharif crops in the years between 20

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Data shows below-normal water storage in India's 72 of 100 major reservoirs

-PTI The scenario is particularly worrying in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, according to Central Water Commission data With the four-month rainy season nearly halfway through, 72 of the 100 major water reservoirs in the country have reported water storage which is 80 per cent or below of normal, the Central Water Commission data shows. According to the data, until July 25, the basin storage position is deficient in major rivers like the Ganga, Krishna and Mahanadi. The sce

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By Amending RTI Act, Govt Is Attempting To Subvert People's Power -Aruna Roy & Rakshita Swamy

n a simple clear and fundamental manner, from the individual to the collective. Governments may control and direct news, manipulate statistics, conceal sensitive information in the interest of “National security”. But it is almost impossible for a government to control and co-opt the nearly 50 lakh RTI applicants in a year, using RTI to seek information on a wide range of issues spanning from rations, pensions, shelter, life and liberty to

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No single minimum wage floor under the Wage Code bill -Prashant K Nanda

-Livemint.com * Minimum wage is a contentious issue for both industries and workers’ groups, said an official * The economic survey had mentioned that a National mandatory minimum wage is a requirement New Delhi: India will not have a single mandatory minimum wage floor as talked earlier as the the union Labour ministry has stayed away from making it part of the wage code bill. Instead it has left this important provision open end

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India moving: In the times of NRC, a look at where the migrants fit in -Ravish Tiwari

e attacks on south Indians in Mumbai in the 1960s and 70s to the Northeast’s identity debates, and the anxiety over “Bangladeshi influx” in West Bengal to the unsettled row over the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the changing numbers of its people are more than just a figure for a population on the move due to India’s robust economy, while competing for its limited resources. Amidst a global rise of anti-immigration se

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