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Courts of injustice -Prashant Bhushan and Cheryl D'souza

m the NRC in Assam rests with the Foreigners Tribunals. The constitutionality and conduct of these quasi-judicial bodies are questionable Over 1.9 million people have been excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. The herculean executive exercise, mandated and closely monitored by the Supreme Court, has incurred a staggering expenditure of over Rs 1,200 crore and immeasurable cost in terms of human suffering and death.

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For the demographic dividend -Amitabh Kundu

ned as the total number of children to be born to women in her lifetime by the current age specific fertility rates. By 2025-30, it will fall to 2.1, sliding further to 1.9 during 2045-50. As per the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), India’s TFR declined from 2.7 in 2005-6 to 2.2 in 2015-16. When the TFR touches 2.1, which is called replacement fertility level, we can say that the population is getting stabilised, subject to the momentum fac

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India is the top source of immigrants across the globe

-The Hindu A UN report reveals that one-third of all immigrants come from 10 countries India has emerged as the leading country of origin for immigrants across the world, with 17.5 million interNational migrants in 2019 coming from India, up from 15.9 million in 2015, according to a dataset released by the Union Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York on Tuesday. Sharp increase The Inter More »

Tabrez Ansari lynching case accused face murder charge

-The Hindu “I am happy that the accused will now be facing murder charges. We will not let anyone off the hook,” Ansari’s wife Sahista Pervez said. Ranchi: Making a U-turn in the Tabrez Ansari lynching case after allegations of attempts to weaken the case, the Jharkhand police submitted a supplementary charge sheet on Wednesday, seeking punishment under Section 302 of the IPC (murder) against 11 of the accused. Another two accused, who were apprehended later, would a

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History's curse on MGNREGA -Nikita Kwatra

ivemint.com Public programs like MGNREGA are less successful in raising wages in regions characterized by historical inequality, finds new study When it was launched in 2006, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) was envisaged to boost rural economies by providing the rural poor with 100 days of guaranteed public employment and raising rural wages. But its intended benefits may have eluded those who needed them the

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Government to peg MGNREGA wages to inflation in bid to hike incomes -Priscilla Jebaraj

onsumer price index with annual revision. Staring at a slump in rural demand and a slowdown in the rural economy, the Centre plans to inject more money into the UPA’s flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme by linking wages under the Act to an updated inflation index, which will be revised annually. It hopes this will increase wages, thus increasing purchasing power and reviving rural demand. Howeve

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Rate cut alone can't arrest slump, boost rural demand: SBI report

h. Lose-monetary policy alone cannot arrest the deepening slump, instead government must take demand-boosting measures, especially in rural areas, by frontloading expenditure primarily through the National rural employment scheme, says a report. Economists at State Bank Research Monday also warned that any attempt to trim government spending to maintain the fiscal numbers will be severely detrimental to growth. “The current slowdown can

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Why India's growth figures are off the mark -Arun Kumar

The over-reliance on the organised sector for official GDP data is causing a gross miscalculation. During the global financial crisis, it was said that the experts were behind the curve. The InterNational Monetary Fund (IMF) and financial sector experts continued to predict till October 2008 that the global economy would grow rather than shrink. They were way off the mark since the global economy was rapidly slipping into a great recession. Exp

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Amla candy rescues Assam nutrition drive -Rahul Karmakar

en in a southern Assam district has been given a gooseberry candy twist. This follows a report that the targeted groups find the prescribed iron-folic acid tablets repulsive. According to the 2015 National Family Health Survey, 47.2% of the women of reproductive age in Hailakandi were anaemic. The district, thus, has the most anaemic children below 5 years, adolescents and women of reproductive age in Assam. But mothers, pregnant women and child

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Govt deal no lifesaver for Kashmir apple-growers, could leave them poorer -Azaan Javaid

of rotting or distress sale. To guard against this, the Jammu and Kashmir administration, currently under Governor Satya Pal Malik, launched a market intervention scheme this week under which the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) will procure the apple harvest. However, J&K administration sources said a kilogram of apples had been priced at Rs 52-54 (the higher price is for wooden-box packaging) under t

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