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CIC: Get unorganised sector workers' data -Ambika Pandit

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Exhorting the government to take neceSSAry steps to formulate statistics pertaining to construction workers, domestic workers and women workers in the unorganised sector, the Central Information Commission has recommended the ministry of labour and employment carry out the exercise in line with provisions meant to promote “transparency, accountability and conformity” in the RTI Act. Then Information C

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ASSAm: 40 lakh out, only 7 lakh claims in as NRC deadline nears -Abhishek Saha

ixing December 15 as the last day for them to submit ‘Claims and Objections’. A FORTNIGHT to go for the deadline, Hanif Ali (48), a resident of Majortop village in Kamrup district of ASSAm, has not been able to file a claim against his exclusion from the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), published on July 30. He has spent the past month searching for his “actual” grandfather. The final draft NRC had

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#MeToo: GoM likely to meet on December 10 -Jagriti Chandra

r Maneka Gandhi. The Union Cabinet constituted the high-level panel in October days after Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar was forced to step down following allegations of sexual aSSAult and misconduct against the former editor. The GoM has been given three months to recommend ways to ensure effective implementation of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redre More »

Under fire, NITI Aayog says was told to look at GDP back series data -Sunny Verma

pation in the release. Both MoSPI and NITI are components of the Government of India, so why would it be political? Where is the issue? I think Dr Pronab Sen having raised that issue is totally unneceSSAry. Back series is not just a ‘technistic’ exercise, it’s an issue with many dimensions and it affects the whole macro economy,” he said. Sen, former chief statistician of India, had criticised the Aayog’s involvement i

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Kisan politics shows the way to a possible populism -Mukul Kesavan

nt from the politics of elections but the two were also intertwined. The principal agenda of the rally was the demand for a special session of Parliament devoted to farmers’ issues and the paSSAge of two bills drafted by the AIKSCC demanding loan waivers and better agricultural support prices. Unlike the state elections, the rally was conspicuously pan-Indian: the farmers gathered in Delhi had travelled from all over India. Some two hundred o

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Unsafe as houses: The family is a site of violence against women

male partner. It need not always amount to a killing that gets reported. For every case of reported homicide, there must be hundreds of cases of physical abuse — in the form of slaps, kicks or aSSAult with a weapon — that are either borne quietly or hushed up. But habitual male violence within marriage is normalized — what else explains India’s refusal to acknowledge the possibility of marital rape? — by a patriarchal soc

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A very material shift -Sajjan Kumar

being credited into accounts. There is a consolidation of farmers belonging to upper castes, OBCs, SCs, and STs rather than around their respective caste identities. Though the same doesn’t neceSSArily translate into all of them making the same electoral choices, their articulation of these issues shows strong similarities. Please click here to read more.

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West Bengal finds ways to increase organic farming -Sutanuka Ghosal

g another 10,000 hectares under organic farming. Apart from paddy, tea, flowers and fruits are cultivated using organic farming methods. For cultivating aromatic rice, organic fertilisers are neceSSAry, as usage of chemical fertilisers will lead to loss of the aroma. Please click here to read more.

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Jean Dreze, development economist, interviewed by G Sampath (The Hindu)

sed. It’s also interesting to look at the labour intensity of investment, because the present government is very focussed on the corporate sector and corporate growth. But those don’t neceSSArily generate much employment. So I think this obsession with corporate investment is not very healthy. We need much more investment of a labour-intensive kind in the informal sector, in agriculture, and other sectors that generate employment. * The

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