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Drilling for uranium begins at Andhra's Allagadda; locals worried

omic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research has taken up drilling at 15 different location in the district in search for uranium. The operation is taking place from Allagadda mandal headquaRTErs to Gajulapalli in Mahanandi mandal. District authorities said that the directorate was drilling about 250 metres deep for extracting samples. The samples would be sent to their laboratories to determine the mineral content. Mor

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Critical data on India's higher education is out but only Modi has hijacked headlines -Yogendra Yadav

for our higher education institutes has been much poorer than our statistics on school education. Sensing this gap, the central government instituted AISHE in 2011-12. We now have official (self-repoRTEd and unverified) statistics on the number and nature of higher education institutions, student enrolment, and pass-out figures along with the numbers for teaching and non-teaching staff. Sadly, this official survey does not tell us much about the qual

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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

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

n 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 special all of a sudden? Of all the vegetables, why should onion prices alone swell by nearly Rs 30-40 per kg pushing it to a four-year high? Well, here's the an

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Too much of rains have spelt disaster for farmers in India's soyabean bowl -Milind Ghatwai

en afford labourers to harvest the negligible produce staring in his face. He draws solace only from his not being alone. Most farmers in Guradiya Sirajuddin as well as neighbouring villages have repoRTEd widespread damage to their already matured standing crop. Gulab Singh, who owns 10 acres not far from Dhangar’s field, is ruing his decision to have taken an additional six acres of land on lease for cultivating soyabean and wheat this year.

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IAS officer refuses to divert funds, shunted out

-The Telegraph Yediyurappa sought department cash for flood relief Bangalore: The Karnataka government has shunted out an IAS officer who repoRTEdly refused to divert funds from her department for flood relief. Rohini Sindhuri, secretary of the Karnataka Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board, was shifted without a posting after she apparently ignored orders to contribute a slice of the department’s funds for fl

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The attack on agroecology -Sujatha Byravan

dwide as a system that enhances fertile landscapes, increases yields, restores soil health and biodiversity, promotes climate resilience and improves farmers’ well-being. Its practices are suppoRTEd 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 b

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SC wants rules for social media, gives govt 3 weeks to file affidavit -Amit Anand Choudhary

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday waded into unchaRTEd territory, asking the Centre to frame guidelines to regulate social media and put in place a mechanism to track origin of fake news, rumours and objectionable material like pornography on social media platforms, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and YouTube. Pointing to social media being rampantly misused for fake news and rumours leading to mob violence and

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

ng 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 need to see demonstrable action to ease the pangs of doing business in India. Businesses are troubled by the thicket of land and labour regulatio

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In arid Beed, an oasis of hope and support for children from distressed families -Kavitha Iyer

was one of the biggest casualties of the cycle of drought, poverty, migration and continuing backwardness. Convincing Deepak’s parents to part with seven acres of barren land, the Nagargojes staRTEd Shantiwan that winter. What began as a hostel facility for 51 children whose education the couple committed themselves to is now a school for 1,000 students, a hostel for 300 boys and girls from families worst affected by the region’s ongoing d

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