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There is a way to deliver a minimum income guarantee -- but Congress hasn't found it -Jayati Ghosh

at, if voted to power, it will seek to ensure a minimum income to 20 per cent of the poorest households in the country, is laudable in intent. It also brings back policy attention to the penury and insecurity that continue to plague much of India’s population, and particularly the most destitute. But, as presented, it is completely unworkable — and if the Congress is really serious about the goal of eliminating poverty, it will have to thi

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Civil society networks urge political parties to go beyond election rhetoric

-The Hindu New Delhi: Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of deliberately creating and highlighting contention on national security issues as a political strategy, Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav warned that the long term result would endanger national interests. He was speaking in the context of the BJP’s response to Congress leader Sam Pitroda’s comments on the Balakot air strikes, and other efforts by the BJP to &ld

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Kerala Model of Urban Employment Guarantee -Surajit Das The scheme, which is similar to MGNREGS, is an employment-of-last-resort programme in order to provide minimum livelihood security to the poorest of the poor in the urban areas in absence of enough employment opportunity in the economy. In the midst of increasing unemployment in the country, along with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for the rural poor, the state government of Kerala has an int

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Campaign to move focus away from nationalism to 'real issues'

“The BJP is playing politics with martyrs and we want to question that and recall the full vision of those martyrs. What was Bhagat Singh’s vision for the country? It went beyond national security,” said Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav. “One month ago, it felt like Modi could do nothing right, with questions arising on farmers, jobs, the economy…But just when substantive and inconvenient issues had begun to surf

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Govt. defends electoral bonds scheme in SC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

only through their accounts with authorised banks. The bonds do not have the name of the donor or the receiving political party and only carry unique hidden alphanumeric serial numbers as an in-built security feature,” a 21-page affidavit said. The government described the scheme, introduced on January 2 last year, as an “electoral reform” in a country moving towards a “cashless-digital economy.” Yechury’s plea

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RTI trumps Official Secrets Act, says SC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

etails back into the dark zone was met with a stoic counter from Justice K.M. Joseph in the Supreme Court on Thursday. The government’s reasons to hush the Rafale prices ranged from national security to not upsetting a “solemn undertaking” given to France to keep the price of the jets a secret. Multiple Sections But Justice Joseph, one of the three judges on the Bench, asked the government to read out Sections of the Right t

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Unemployment is a silent political killer and can catch the BJP off guard in polls -Yogendra Yadav

d. Its impact can lead to a critical vote swing. Is unemployment going to be the silent political killer in this election? This must be our first question, as we limp back from heightened national security anxiety towards other regular concerns in this first week after the formal announcement of the 17th Lok Sabha elections. Every available evidence points to this possibility. But as of now, it is just a possibility. Let us begin with objective

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Prof. Guy Standing, economist at the School Of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (

f individuals to say no to exploitative and oppressive relationships. It also emancipates people to take control of their lives to a certain extent. The third ethical reason is that it provides basic security, a human right. Studies have shown that when people know that they won’t be starving tomorrow, their mental abilities increase, their capacity to be rational improves. There are also economic reasons—that it gives to the community and

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Soldiers from Assam village fight a bitter battle to prove citizenship -Rahul Karmakar

-The Hindu GUWAHATI: The Indian Army, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Border security Force (BSF) have never had a problem counting these soldiers as their own and deploying them to protect the country’s borders from the frozen reaches of the Siachen glacier to militancy hit Kashmir or to combat home-grown insurgents. But these battle-hardened men from a western Assam village have struggled for years to overcome a bigger

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