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Medium, meSSAge, masses -Shivam Vij

s remains the most important medium for politicians to reach out to voters, and it’s not just because of the numbers. TV news is not as fragmented as social media. It helps you give a uniform meSSAge that can get lost in the social media noise. The fragmented nature of social media has its own uses nevertheless. It allows parties to offer different narratives to different audiences. It allows, for instance, BJP to offer extreme Hindutva on a

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EC tells SC: More VVPAT checks can delay counting by six days -Ananthakrishnan G

d with EVM and VVPAT, and said “the present system has been adopted after detailed study and consideration of all aspects, and bringing into play all safeguards and checks as have been felt neceSSAry”. It added that to alter the system “when polls are imminent and polling is to commence from April 11, 2019… might not be feasible”. Please click here to read more.

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Food for thought for the new govt -Siraj HuSSAin

-The Hindu Business Line Given the ballooning costs of storing grain, there is an urgent need to cut down excessive procurement of rice and wheat In 2018-19, wheat procurement at 35.8 million tonnes (mt) was the second highest ever. It is estimated that by the end of kharif marketing season in September, rice procurement may also touch an all-time high of 45 mt. With such high procurement, one of the first difficult challenges the new government will face in May will be to manage the exc

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Direct tax collection falls short, CBDT raises alarm

DT has been worried over the direct tax collection work for quite some time The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has rung alarm bells and has asked the Income Tax Department to go for a major aSSAult as the direct tax collection target remains short of about 15%, with the financial year closing less than a week away. On March 26, CBDT Member (Revenue) Neena Kumar shot off a letter to all the regional chiefs of the department stating that the

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'Political parties most distrusted, Army, judiciary win people's trust,' says study

trict court – enjoys an effective trust rate of more than 60%. The report, published jointly by Azim PremjiUniversity and Lokniti, surveyed a sample of about 24,000 people from 12 states -- ASSAm, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, and the National Capital Region of Delhi. The sample is not weighted by state population; instead, each state had about 2,000 respond

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Income plan: Economists consulted, says Rahul; uphill task, feel experts

Gandhi on Monday announced that under 'Nyay' - an acronym for Nyuntam Aay Yojana - Rs 72,000 will be given to the poorest families every year if his party returns to power, while calling it a final aSSAult on poverty. "We were engaged in this work for six months. Take the list of all big economists of the world, we consulted them ... Raghuram Rajan ... one by one," Rahul said today. Meanwhile, experts said that while the scheme refle

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Minimum Rs 6000 a month to 20% of India's poorest: Congress pollitics -Manoj CG

the Congress Working Committee which approved the draft manifesto, Rahul said the Nyunatam Aay Yojana (Nyay) scheme was a “ground breaking idea’ and would mark the beginning of the final aSSAult on poverty. CONGRESS PRESIDENT Rahul Gandhi Monday said if his party was voted to power, its government would roll out a minimum income scheme guaranteeing Rs 72,000 a year to the bottom most or poorest 20 per cent of households. The scheme wil

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Number crunching helps farmers manage water -Manu Moudgil

ndwater management and budgeting is a good concept but there are always farmers who don’t want to follow rules and maximise use of borewells,” says C. Bakkareddy, programme manager with WASSAN, one of the implementing non-profits under APFAMGS. “The only check for them is a strong village institute but that’s not always possible. Government regulations should supplement the social rules to make the idea work.” Reportin

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'Final aSSAult on poverty': Rahul Gandhi on Rs 12K minimum income plan for poor

onth. The scheme would cover 5 crore families and benefit nearly 25 crore people, said Gandhi after the Congress Working Committee cleared the plan that party president described as the “final aSSAult on poverty”. This is about justice for the poor, said Gandhi at a press conference to announce the contours of the guarantee scheme that will make its way to the Congress manifesto ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “We are go

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These nomads from AP's Krishna district will vote for the first time -T Appala Naidu

dergraduate dropout, Ila Nagendramma, and M. Srinivas are the other members of the group that zeroed in on the Yanadi families to help them enrol for the voter registration process and submit the neceSSAry documents. In 2016, then Joint Collector Gandham Chandrudu had initiated a special drive to issue Aadhaar cards to the Yanadi tribals. In 2013, 45-year-old crab hunter Nakka Hanumanthu had contested from Marripalem panchayat in Diviseema, thus be

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