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Only 25 per cent water left in dams across Maharashtra -Radheshyam Jadhav

and hamlets. Eight districts in Marathwada recorded 177.8 mm rainfall from June 1 to July 23 against the normal rainfall of 259.9 mm registering deficiency of 32 per cent. The Vidarbha region repoRTEd 40 per cent deficit during the same period. Yavatmal district known for farmer suicides has recorded 58 per cent shoftfall with just 148.4 mm rainfall against the normal rainfall of 355.3 mm. Please click here to read more.

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Final index score of NITI Aayog report on States adversely impacted -Vignesh Radhakrishnan & Srravya C

-The Hindu An analysis of the NITI Aayog’s ‘Healthy States, Progressive India’ report released on June 25 shows that the usage of estimated figures in place of repoRTEd numbers, to calculate certain health indicators, has adversely impacted the final index score of certain States while boosting that of others. Skewed result The report had used an estimated number of births and deliveries to calculate two key health outcome

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Six reasons why the Economic Survey's presentation of MGNREGA is misleading -Rajendran Narayanan & Rakshita Swamy

n technical solutions. Technological inputs Second, the Economic Survey misrepresents the continuous technological interventions in the MGNREGA since its inception. Electronic funds transfer staRTEd as far back as in 2011 through the Electronic Fund Management System (eFMS), and became symbolic of the Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT). This served as the basis for the National Electronic Fund Management System (N-eFMS), introduced, in 2016. The Sur

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Are Mohalla Clinics Making the Aam Aadmi Healthy in Delhi? -Taniya Sah, Neha Bailwal and Rituparna Kaushik

and opposition. Delhi’s Mohalla Clinics created quite a stir when the first one was opened in Peeragarhi in 2015. During the Aam Aadmi Party’s first year in office, the clinics were staRTEd to take diagnostics and treatment of simple ailments to people’s doorstep and reduce the footfall in tertiary care hospitals. Mohalla Clinics have been promulgated as an unprecedented step towards mitigating the stark divide in healthcare deliv

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The tremor of unwelcome amendments to the RTI Act -Aruna Roy & Nikhil Dey

ervice of Information Commissioners, both at the Centre and the States. Introducing the Bill in the Lok Sabha, the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh, asseRTEd that this was a benevolent and minor mechanism of rule-making rather than a basic amendment to the RTI law. Agent of change Why is there unseemly haste and determination to amend the law? Some feel that it is because the RTI helped with the cro

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Eggs in Mid-Day Meals, Anganwadis Will Ensure Nutrition -- and Gender Parity -Kanika Sharma

rls and women always ate after the men, took leftover portions, and often shared plates with children or other women which entailed an overall lesser intake of food. Similar findings have been repoRTEd in other survey research. The SARI survey and the India Human Development Survey found that between 40-60% of rural women repoRTEd that men eat food first in their households. The latest round of the Natio

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RTI Bill 2019: Undermining autonomy of information commissions and transparency in governance -Prasanna Mohanty

diaToday.in The amendment proposes to reduce the status of information commissioners and fix their term of office from five years or until the age of 65 years at present. New Delhi: After an aboRTEd attempt in 2018, the central government proposes to amend the Right to Information Act of 2005 (RTI Act) to change the term of office and service conditions the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioner (IC) at the central as

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PDS contributes to food security, research finds

ommerce, and Hulya Dagdeviran, professor of economic development of Hertfordshire Business School, handed over their research findings as a report to Kolandaivel on Wednesday. While addressing repoRTErs, Hulya Dagdeviran said the interdisciplinary team consists of research staff from food science, economics, law and commerce. The Rs-1.8 crore project, funded by the UGC-UKIERI for three years, undertakes work starting from data collection to policy

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Alternative Grains Can Help India Allay Impact of Global Heating on Agriculture -TV Padma

grains like millets and sorghum could help India cope better with the impact of global heating on agriculture and variations in supply than continuing to rely on rice and wheat alone. This is the heaRTEning conclusion of a new study, but it also cautions that the cultivation area should be selected with care to avoid any production shortfalls. An international team of scientists modelled crop cultivation and growth and found that, compared to fing

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Civil society activists condemn the statement by Rural Development Minister in Parliament on discontinuation of MGNREGA scheme

-Press statement by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha dated 19 July, 2019 While it is heaRTEning that a discussion on rural development lasted for nine hours in Parliament with important issues on MGNREGA being raised, we are deeply disappointed at the statement of the Rural Development Minister that not only displays a lack of understanding of the program but also betrays the clear anti-poor sentiment of this government. On the central issue of inadequa

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