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As crops and jobs dry up, kids in Marathwada the worst hit -Priyanka Kakodkar

-The Times of India BEED: Ahead of Republic Day, students of the Kotan zilla parishad school are busy preparing to write an eSSAy on the searing drought that has engulfed their village and the state. When asked what she will say, Pratiksha Pachpute breaks down. “If there was no drought,” says the 14-yearold, her face stained with tears, “my parents would still be with me.” Life has changed for the 8th standard student a

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Chhattisgarh watershed project promises better income for small farmers

land combined with lack of irrigation infrastructure makes farming highly non-remunerative for tribal communities. Thus, investment in improving the productivity of land and water resources is a neceSSAry intervention in this region," Damodaran told PTI. He further noted that Pradan has developed a package of technologies collectively termed Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM), which holds the potential to provide sustained and enha

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

sation of this Act in 2005. A champion of participatory democracy and decentralisation, she says that “representative democracy had to a great extent betrayed its promise to deliver. Though neceSSAry, its failure to be accountable to people, beyond the vote, was underscored again and again. Democracy had to shift more towards participation.” She has been in the forefront of many sociopolitical struggles of the poor and oppressed. She al

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Kerala government schools best in India, outstanding mathematics skills: Report -Anu Kuruvilla

government schools, Kerala stands second behind Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. There also has been no overall private school enrollment in the state since 2014. "In Kerala and ASSAm, government schools even have pre-primary classes," said the report. Another glorious facet the report has brought forth is the mathematical capabilities of the students studying the government schools in the state. According to the report, K

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Neither Private Schools nor Technology Will Solve India's Learning Crisis -Rakesh Kumar Rajak and Martin Haus Reports on education ignore the fact that students in public and private schools are vastly different. Reform is neceSSAry, but there are no silver bullets. The ASER report paints a grim picture of what is (not) happening in Bihar’s schools. Only around 24% percent of children in Class III can read a Class II text. A little more than half the enrolled children are present on any given day. More than half of the children in go

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Diets have to change, intake of nuts, fruits and veggies has to be increased: EAT-Lancet commission -Anuradha Mascarenhas

times the recommended amount of red meat, while residents of South Asian countries, like India, eat only half the recommended amount. All countries are eating more starchy vegetables (potatoes and caSSAva) than recommended, with intakes ranging between 1.5 times above the recommendation in South Asia and by 7.5 times in Sub-Saharan Africa. To be published online on Thursday, Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets for

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Policy must tackle not just diSSAtisfaction of large farmers, but distress of most vulnerable -Bina Agarwal

ivers and minimum support prices (MSP) — treat all farmers (large/small, male/female) alike. But farmers are heterogeneous. They differ especially by income, land owned and gender. And farmer diSSAtisfaction is not the same as farmer distress. Better-off farmers are diSSAtisfied but politically vocal; poor farmers are distressed and many kill themselves in silence. It is the truly distressed we need t

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The pulse of Indian agriculture -Devesh Chaturvedi

matter of serious concern for policy-makers. As an immediate relief, this challenge was met by increasing the import of pulses. But to ensure that such a situation does not arise again, it became neceSSAry to implement a coordinated strategy. Based on the Prime Minister’s directives, the formulation and implementation of this comprehensive strategy was initiated at the level of the Cabinet Secretary. The key aspects of this strategy were to incr

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Why citizenship amendment bill has created a row -Shaswati Das

e legitimacy to illegal migrants in India. ‘Mint’ decodes the controversy surrounding the bill The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, has led to protests in the North-East after its paSSAge in the Lok Sabha last week. Opposition to the bill stems from fears that it will give legitimacy to illegal migrants in India. Mint decodes the controversy surrounding the bill. * What is the purpose of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016?

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