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55% English-speaking Indians fear airing political views online, fewer non-partisans trust news, says study -Karishma Mehrotra

ng Indians are concerned with deciphering what is real and what is fake on the Internet at similar rates - roughly 57 per cent - to respondents in the US and Turkey, according to the survey. SuppoRTErs of the BJP, and to a somewhat less extent those of the Congress-led UPA and former UPA suppoRTErs, trust news in the media more than English-speaking Indians who identified themselves as non-partisan, whi

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Number crunching helps farmers manage water -Manu Moudgil

undwater, farm area doubled to reach 330 hectares and sugarcane and wheat replaced millets and pulses. Everything seemed perfect except that the water was not endless. Within nine years, crops staRTEd failing in want of crucial, fag end irrigations. Sugarcane was the first casualty. “By 2011, we stopped getting crops during Rabi (autumn-winter) season. Many would migrate with their cattle towards river floodplains during those months. There

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The cost of crop burning in India is three times the country's health budget -Faizi Noor Ahmad

qual to 1.7% of India’s gross domestic product and enough to build 700 AIIMS hospitals, according to a 2019 study by the International Food Policy Research Institute, a research advocacy headquaRTEred in America’s Washington DC. Crop-residue burning causes a collective loss of 14.9 million years of healthy life among the 75 million residents of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab – 72.5 days or a fifth of a year per person in the three stat

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PM Modi's pet schemes underperforming in Gujarat: Report -Avinash Nair

Rs 1 crore in just a matter of 59 minutes—in Gujarat forced the campaign to be extended by over a fortnight in the state. Despite the extension, Vadodara, Gir Somnath and Kutch districts repoRTEd less than 50 per cent achievement of targets, the SLBC report shows. “Earlier, the campaign was slated for 100 days. However, owing to the under-achievement of targets by few districts, the campaign was extended till February 28, 2019,&rdquo

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Underemployment is the problem, not joblessness -Alok Ray

creation under the Modi regime —in particular, over whether the unemployment rate in 2017-18 is, in fact, the highest in four decades as CMIE data as well as the officially undisclosed but repoRTEd in the press NSSO data seem to indicate. Further, the estimated youth unemployment rate is almost three times the overall rate of unemployment. These empirical observations are further buttressed by the anecdotal evidence that tens of thousands of

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The electoral bonds scheme is a threat to democracy - Gautam Bhatia

ing from Rs 1000 to Rs 1 crore, for a certain number of days in the year. The donor purchases the bonds, and then transfers them to the account of the political party in question, where they are conveRTEd into donations. There are a number of features of the electoral bond scheme that merit constitutional scrutiny. The first — and most important — is that of anonymity. Neither the donor (who could be an individual or a corporate) nor th

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Disempowering gram sabhas -Chitrangada Choudhury

-The Hindu Sabotaging the Forest Rights Act damages democracy Since 1980, through the Forest Conservation Act (FCA), the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) has “diveRTEd for non-forest use” (bureaucratese for destroyed) over 1.5 million hectares of forest. How many Adivasis and forest-dwellers have been evicted by this ‘lawful’ forest destruction? Stripping these forests has yielded thousands of cro

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131 CAs back Modi govt on economic data, question motives of scholars who criticised it -Remya Nair

sts ‘baseless’. New Delhi: Days after 108 economists and social scientists accused the Narendra Modi government of altering or withholding unfavourable economic data, a group of 131 chaRTEred accountants (CAs) defended the government and questioned the scholars’ political motivations. The CAs asked all professionals to come together to portray the progress made by India in the last five years, and counter the “baseless al

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Repeat MPs' assets rose 142% -Devesh K Pandey

figure for AIADMK parliamentarian P. Venugopal went up by 1,281%. However, there were also a few parliamentarians whose financial assets registered a sharp decline: the biggest drop of 67% was repoRTEd by the CPI (M)’s P. Karunakaran, while the assets of the BJP’s Jagdambika Pal shrank 64%. Arjun Charan Sethi of the BJD declared a decrease of 39%; for BJP’s Om Prakash Yadav it went down by 27%; and by 21% for the Congress’s

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