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Body blows to Indian education -Debaditya Bhattacharya

lls out the colossal failure that the draft NEP is fated to be In her budget speech on July 5, the finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, reiterated the government’s plan of bringing in a new 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 b

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Delhi doctors reject Centre's plea to return to work

tients, including those requiring emergency treatment, were turned away by Delhi’s top public hospitals on Friday, the second day of the strike called by resident doctors protesting against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. A 14-year-old girl, who had come to Safdarjung Hospital with chest pain, wasn’t admitted into the emergency ward. “The doctors said my condition was not life-threatening and asked me to come later,&rd

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With district-wise data, Assam govt. pushes for NRC

ated debate in Assembly as data suggests many in districts dominated by indigenous people have been left out The Assam government on Thursday pushed for re-verification of the applications for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) after district-wise data presented in the Assembly suggested most people in areas bordering Bangladesh have been included in the citizenship list, while many in districts dominated by the indigenous people have been lef

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RTI activists detained on way to deliver petition to President

n and 14 men. “The group did not have any permission. They were detained at Mandir Marg police station for an hour and then were released,” a police spokesperson said. According to the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI), the police detained 66 activists gathered outside Gate No. 38 of Rashtrapati Bhavan which has a facility for accepting memorandums from the public. Three of them were later allowed to subm

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Finding the data on missing girls -Sabu M George

s much less in both the years considered — 2015-16 and 2018-19. Points of delivery The differences among the three points of delivery become evident when SRB is calculated using data from National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4). Of the 2.5 lakh reported births in the 2010-2014 period, the distribution of births at home, government hospitals and private hospitals was 21%, 52% and 27% respectively and the corresponding SRB figures were 969,

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India's withering Public Employment -CP Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh

ies (known also to be among the most equal societies in the world) have the largest extent of public employment. But what is also remarkable is just how low India’s public employment is by interNational standards. Figure 1 shows that, relative to population, public employment in India is only one-tenth of that in Norway, only 15 per cent of that in Brazil and much less than a third of that in China. Clearly, India is hugely underproviding public

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Rs 260.62 crore National disability fund lying unused, reveals RTI

eports of the erstwhile fund and the old fund were available but cannot be released as they are voluminous and that they can be seen in the office. New Delhi: As much as Rs 260.62 crore under the National Fund for Persons with Disabilities is lying unused for over two years now — ever since the new Rights for Persons with Disability 2016 came into effect. There has been no financial audit of the fund either. The details have come to the fore

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Punjab: After drugs, AIDS scare; In 5 years, 34 per cent rise -Raakhi Jagga

s per Punjab State AIDS Control Society. Ludhiana: In five years, total number of HIV cases detected in Punjab have seen a 34 per cent rise, with the number increasing with each passing year. The National AIDS Control Organisation has indicated that the number is likely to cross 10,000 in this financial year. Already, 2943 patients have tested HIV positive in the first quarter of 2019-20. While in 2014-15, there were 5385 HIV positive cases detect

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

-The Hindu What the draft National Education Policy omits in its chapter on early childhood care and education The draft National Education Policy starts its opening sentence with a hitherto little-known fact: “The learning process for a child commences immediately at birth.” Many believe that children start learning only in school. It is true that language and numerical proficiency, and

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The makings of a digital kleptocracy -Reetika Khera

is being undermined. In 2017, my co-author and I wanted to check what proportion of beneficiaries receive their pensions or rations using data provided through government portals, for example the National Food Security Act and State social security pensions. We found data without dictionaries, abbreviations that were not spelt out anywhere, figures that were inconsistent across different pages of the same website, and missing or broken links. It t

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