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UP worst hit as rain claims 48 lives in 4 states

-PTI As many as 35 fresh rain-related deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh alone NEW DELHI /PATNA /LUCKNOW: As many as 48 people died in rain-related incidents, majority of them in Uttar Pradesh, while incessant rainfall in Bihar, where an alert has been sounded, left the streets of state capital Patna and other areas waterlogged and residences of at least two ministers marooned. As many as 35 people lost their lives in Uttar Pradesh since September 27, th

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Exorcising third-degree -Maja Daruwala

Court to the subaltern knows — that torture is an endemic characteristic of Indian policing. Its presence is known, tolerated and even appreciated. Common Cause’s recent large National-level survey on the Status of Policing in India affirms the force’s easy camaraderie with violent means: Three out of five personnel believe there is nothing wrong with beating up criminals and four out of five think it’s okay to bash

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Rs 80 per kg and climbing: Onion prices may not come down anytime soon, here's why! -Sindhu Chandrasekaran

ve season is around the corner. While fuel prices hit a yearly high on the back of the ongoing tensions in the Middle East and the US-China trade war, onion prices surged to Rs 70-80 per kg in the National capital amid tight supplies. The soaring price of the key kitchen staple has made it such a valuable commodity at the moment that thieves have started stealing it from shops and godowns. Have you been wondering why onions have become so spe

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The attack on agroecology -Sujatha Byravan

rted by many agricultural scientists, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, farmers’ groups and several NGOs. It is therefore surprising that the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, based on a brainstorming session that included industry representatives, sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi opposing Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF). ZBNF, developed and publicised by agro-scientist

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The corporate tax cut could undermine the promise to cap the fiscal deficit

it from the tax cut. Utilities, information technology firms and pharmaceutical players are not expected to benefit at all. The government is hoping that the lower tax rate will persuade foreign multiNationals to set up plants in the country, jump-starting investment, jobs and economic growth that sank to a six-year low of 5 per cent in the quarter ended June 30. But a low tax regime is only one of the factors that investors will look at closely: they

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Leaning on the states -M Govinda Rao

-The Indian Express Defence is a National public good. It is the primary responsibility of the Centre. The amendment to the terms of reference (TOR) issued to the Fifteenth Finance Commission asking it to examine “..a separate mechanism for funding of defence and internal security ought to be set up and if so, how such a mechanism could be operationalised,” has triggered some suggestions on the need to have a relook at the assignm

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Why CAIT wants festive sales on e-commerce companies banned -Trisha Jalan

onduct an investigation into and place a blanket ban on festival sales by e-commerce companies for indulging in “predatory pricing” and “deep discounting”. Praveen Khandelwal, National secretary-general of CAIT, wrote to the minister on September 13 (see letter below), with “substantial evidence” of e-commerce companies indulging in predatory pricing and deep discounting. CAIT raised these issues against e-commer

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A rural stimulus: On MGNREGA wage hike

revising the indices that capture the trends in consumer prices experienced in rural India. This opens up the prospect for an upward revision in the wages paid out to workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The current National average wage is just about ?178 per day. The decision to finally embark on a long-overdue exercise is welcome, irrespective of the immedia

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No worries, government assures dairy industry on RCEP -Jitendra

iven by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry to representatives from the dairy industry during a closed-door meeting on September 18, 2019. The government had invited senior officers of the National Dairy Development Board including officials of cooperative milk companies from states like Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Bihar to the meeting. RG Chandramohan, the managing director of India’s lar

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Agriculture 4.0: Here are 10 elements of strategy that the sector needs -PVS Suryakumar

managing soil health and fertility vary widely between soil scientists and indigenous knowledge experts. Science is shy to research how indigenous knowledge systems work on farmers’ fields. The National Innovation Foundation has codified several such ideas. The National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, has noted that the food we eat is low on many nutrients. Improving soil health is thus sine qua no

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