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India has 20 river basins, all over-exploited -Sushmita Sengupta & Rashmi Verma

s after the country got its first plan to rejuvenate the rivers, not a single basin has been spared from overexploitation All the 20 river basins of the country share the story of the Cauvery: how Human interference has changed every river’s form and flow pattern over the past few decades. Water in the country’s three major rivers — the Indus, the Brahmaputra and the Ganga — has plummeted drastically. Central Water Commis

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Judgement day -Vikram Patel

;s descent into mental illness. Unremitting fear is the most damaging of all emotional experiences. A vast body of science provides compelling proof of how fear seeps into the deepest recesses of the Human brain and leads to profound disturbances in our mental health and, ultimately, in the way we respond to our environments. Its poisonous influence is greatest during childhood; indeed, scientists use the term “toxic stress” to describe th

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Body blows to Indian education -Debaditya Bhattacharya

ew National Education Policy, thereby initiating “major changes in both school and higher education”. Her announcement comes close on the heels of a draft NEP published by the ministry of Human resource development in June. Even as feedback has been sought on the draft policy, Sitharaman mandated the setting up of a research funding body, which was mentioned for the first time in the draft NEP. Whether or not this may be regarded as a brea

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UGC calls for VC selection system review

Balaram, former director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, submitted to the higher education regulator last month on “Improving Quality of Research”. “The UGC/ministry of Human resource development as well as state governments must seriously review the mechanism by which vice-chancellors are appointed. Good academic leadership is essential for improving the research culture, including the quality of PhD/MPhil degrees,&rdqu

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Focussing on the critical years of a child's life -KR Antony

,000 days of a person’s life (The Lancet, 2007). Stretching the window of opportunity to six years is a mistake. This wrong understanding leads to misplaced priorities for a nation to boost its Human development potential. Laying the foundation These 1,000 days are when rapid and dramatic changes take place in the brain and fundamental cognitive and interpersonal skills are developed. The centres for vision and hearing in the cerebrum deve

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2,400 students dropped out of IITs in 2 years, nearly half were SC, ST, OBC -Kritika Sharma

s) in the last two years, with over half of them belonging to the general category. These dropouts are both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. According to data shared by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in Parliament last week, as many as 2,461 students dropped out of various IITs across the country, of whom 1,290 belong to the general category. The remaining 1,171 students are from the SC, ST and OBC categories. Most of the

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Over 77,000 feedback letters on draft National Education Policy -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu About 5% useful; about 25% of letters on teacher recruitment norms The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has received more than 77,000 comments and letters on the draft National Education Policy (NEP), according to HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. The extended deadline for accepting feedback from the public ends on Wednesday, July 31. “About 5% of the feedback received so far is useful, and will be taken into

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A reality check indicates that MSP set for 2019-20's kharif crops is not 1.5 times the 'C2' cost of production

I Aayog member Prof. Ramesh Chand, ‘A2’ cost of production includes all expenses paid by the farmers in cash or kind during crop production like seed, fertiliser, manure, chemicals, hired Human, bullock and machine labour, irrigation expenses, maintenance cost, etc. It also includes imputed cost of own seed, manure, bullock and machine labour, rent paid for leased-in land, depreciation of assets and interest on working capital. However, 'C

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EC sets up teams to probe VVPAT mismatch in Lok Sabha election -Damini Nath

rders cited a May 21 letter by the EC that said thorough probes would be conducted in case of a mismatch of VVPAT slips and electronic results to ascertain the technological, procedural, systemic and Human errors or lapses in compliance. These could include the possibility of returning officers not clearing the mock votes and manual errors while tallying the VVPAT slips. Please click here to read more.

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