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Farmers' march: Fadnavis says land rights claims will be settled

al farmers that their forest land rights claims will be settled by December this year. Fadnavis gave assurance to representatives of the protesting farmers who marched to Azad Maidan here for redreSSAl of their grievances, which include compensation for drought and transfer of forest rights to tribals. A delegation of the protesting tribals met Fadnavis at Vidhan Bhawan in south Mumbai, where the winter session of the State legislature is underw

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Who is Agnes Kharshiing? -Rahul Karmakar

On November 8, Meghalaya’s Agnes Kharshiing and her associate Amita Sangma became the latest among 18 Right to Information activists in the northeastern region to have been either killed or aSSAulted or harassed. They were — as the police said — aSSAulted by a group of criminals at Tuber Sohshrieh in the coal- and limestone-rich East Jaintia Hills district. The spot where they were wayl

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PMO received GD Agrawal's letters on Ganga, but did not take action: RTI -Kavita Upadhyay

had received Agrawal’s letters demanding specific steps for the conservation of the holy river but did not take any action. Agrawal, who was on a fast-unto-death over demands regarding the paSSAge of Ganga Protection Act, scrapping of all proposed and under-construction hydropower projects on the Ganga, a total ban on sand mining in the river-bed of the Ganga in Haridwar and formation of a council to look into issues related to the river, die

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Being a nationalist is a lot easier than being civilised -Anup Sinha

to show consideration for other people and their well-being. Communities with good civic sense would be expected to refrain from violating such an order. Perhaps a court edict would not have been neceSSAry at all. In India, however, we have a penchant for breaking rules and violating regulations for personal benefit or from sheer disregard for the law. This is extremely pervasive and is hard-wired in our minds. This kind of behaviour cuts across econo

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Fast pace digitisation may not be good for environment -Swathi Moorthy

-The Hindu Business Line Every search by energy-consuming data centres leaves carbon footprint New Delhi: Most of our days start with replying to meSSAges on social meSSAging platforms and probably end with viewing videos on Netflix, but do we realise these activities contribute to climate change? According to studies on climate change, data centres account for about 3 per cent of the total elect

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In Jaipur, a question for WhatsApp: How to track the source? -Karishma Mehrotra

ssed verification methods through news searches, reverse image searches and fact-checking organisations as well as technical features. The question came up again and again. “If a WhatsApp meSSAge comes to the police, how can we find the original sender of the meSSAge?” asked Naveen Rana, an IT cell member from the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Jaipur. “If we don’

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A new Chipko in Odisha -Satyasundar Barik

that have gone into converting a bushy patch into luxuriant forest.” When the pleas of villagers to drop the proposal for land acquisition fell on deaf ears, BGPP knocked on the doors of the OriSSA High Court last year. The court has since sought a status report from the administration. Chintamani Sethi, a village elder, recalls a time when rampant tree-felling left many forestlands denuded in the region. At that time, in 1972, Balarampur vil

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Ahead Of Rajasthan Polls, WhatsApp's Training Programme Against Fake News

ing the upcomimg Rajasthan Assembly polls, WhatsApp today conducted training for community leaders in Jaipur, in partnership with the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), the Facebook-owned mobile meSSAging platform said. The education workshop encouraged WhatsApp users to see themselves as "agents of change" by addressing socio-behavioural change and empowered them to spot false news. The training will also enable them to differenti

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