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Only 26% of rural toilets use twin-leach pits, finds survey -Varun B Krishnan & Priscilla Jebaraj

wachh Bharat Abhiyan. This month, with the scheme claiming to be on the verge of completing toilet construction for all rural households, a government-commissioned survey shows that just over a quaRTEr of rural toilets use this twin-pit system. The waste from the remainder of rural toilets could create a new sanitation nightmare — harmful to health and the environment, and even pushing a new generation into manual scavenging. Under the twi

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PM health scheme supports fraud: Congress

e amount. Formally announcing that the Congress would include “right to health care” in its manifesto to be released on March 27 or 28, senior leader Jairam Ramesh highlighted the purpoRTEd deficiencies in the Ayushman Bharat scheme, saying: “It does not assure health care to ordinary citizens. It is a lifeline for private hospitals and insurance companies.” Ramesh added: “It incentivises fraud and over-treatment. F

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Dear Urban Activists, Evicting Tribals Does Not Do Wildlife Conservation Any Favours -Janaki Lenin

vest is over, they sing songs in praise of their animist jungle gods. Imagine another scene. Towering hillocks of black tailings left from mining. Not a scrap of greenery anywhere. Trees cut and caRTEd away. People driven from their villages. The wildlife has fled or is long dead. In their place are powerful machines digging into the ground and coughing exhaust. Dust churned up from their activities settles in layers upon everything. Please clic

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The humble gourd is falling out of favour -Deepanwita Gita Niyogi

g,” says Sukhiaro from nearby Pauri village. Her pride possession is a giant round gourd shell, which she uses to store pej, a millet-based soup. When asked how the pulpy vegetable gets conveRTEd into a hardy utensil, she explains like an expert: First, select a mature gourd and let it dry in the sun. Once the shell hardens, scoop out the flesh and seeds by drilling a small hole. Fill it with water and let it dry for three to four days. Remov

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How Many Jobs Did MUDRA Create? Modi Won't Tell You Before Election

New Delhi: For the third time, the Narendra Modi government has stopped the release of government data on jobs created in the country before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Indian Express repoRTEd on March 14, 2019 that a survey by the Labour Bureau on the number of jobs created under the Micro Units Development & Refinance Agency (Mudra) will not be made public for another two months. The official reason cited are “errors”

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SC seeks EC's response on opposition's VVPAT petition -Dhananjay Mahapatra

demand of the parties, which claim to represent 70-75% of India’s population electorally, follows their claim that EVMs have not been reliable and can be manipulated. The EC has repeatedly asseRTEd that EVMs do not have a wireless link and cannot be hacked . Last year, it organized a challenge for the “ experts” to and hack the machines. Please click here to read more.

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'Pink bollworm is out of control in India' -KV Kurmanath

done extensive study on pink bollworm and its resistance to Bt toxins, told BusinessLine. It, however, is not the end of the road. There is a way out, he asserts. “Use all tools. For now, shoRTEn cotton season, destroy crop residues, go for deep summer ploughing, crop rotation, mating disruption, insecticides based on scouting and thresholds,” he points out. Please click here to read more.

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Unhappy numbers

paints a far from rosy picture. Industrial growth in January slowed down to 1.7 per cent compared to the 2.6 per cent growth in factory output in December last year, stoking fears that the fourth quaRTEr of this fiscal may be as sluggish as the previous quaRTEr which saw the Indian economy grow year-on-year at 6.6 per cent — a six quaRTEr low. Adding to th

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Swaraj is the kisan's birthright and he should have it -Harish Damodaran

ding limits even to dal millers and large retailers. In mid-2016, the Intelligence Bureau and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, too, were drafted in a “coordinated” action against purpoRTEd caRTElisation and black-marketing in pulses. The above pro-consumer bias built into official policy-making has, however, been seriously called into question by the spectacle of farm distress unfolding o

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Even Mudra job survey data put in deep freeze -Amitav Ranjan

released after the polls as the Expert Committee found anomalies in the methodology used by the Bureau in arriving at the findings,” sources said. On February 22, The Indian Express had repoRTEd that the NDA government, after junking the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report on unemployment, planned to use findings of the Labour Bureau’s survey. But at a meeting last Friday, the committee asked the bureau to “reconcile s

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