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UP govt withdraws order increasing daily working hours to 12 from 8 -Somesh Jha

-Business StaNDArd The UP government's Ordinance, however, proposes increase in working hours from 8 to 10 hours a day New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday withdrew an order increasing the daily working hour limit in manufacturing units from eight to 12 hours. The move came a day after the Allahabad High Court issued a notice to the State on a public interest litigation challenging the order. In a communication to the...

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Big beneficiaries of Tranche IV stimulus: Adani, Vedanta, Tata Power, Anil Ambani's Reliance -Nevin John Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's reform announcements related to coal, aviation, power sectors will suit these players * Adani Power, Tata Power, JSW Energy, Reliance Power will lock horns in the bid for thermal coal blocks * Existing captive users like Tata Power, Reliance Power, Tata Steel must bid at regular intervals to retain mining licence * Adani Enterprises Ltd had recently emerged as the highest bidder for six airports * Adani bought the Mumbai...

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Rescripting north-east Delhi riots -- and the question of justice -Vikas Kumar and Radhika Chitkara

-The Hindu While police seek to project a ‘conspiracy’ behind the riots, all FIRs pertaining to the violence must be opened to public scrutiny Arshad Alam, Amaan Iqbal, Deepak Kumar, Mohammad Hamza and many others were killed in communal riots that convulsed north-east Delhi in late February 2020. Many more were injured, or victims of arson. The Home Minister stated on March 11 that “over 700 FIRs” had been filed. Yet about 80...

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Centre Opts for Long-Term Agricultural Reforms, Leaving Farmers ‘Atmanirbhar’ in Crisis -Kabir Agarwal The government has failed to provide compensation and relief to farmers for the losses suffered during the lockdown, primarily because it lacks the fiscal space. New Delhi: On Friday, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman held her third press conference in as many days to follow up on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of a Rs 20 lakh crore financial stimulus package. After focussing on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), and migrant...

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Ensuring food security in times of Covid-19 -Amita Bhaduri A study conducted in 47 districts indicates that over half of the surveyed households are eating less during lockdown. The study, ‘Covid-19 induced lockdown - How is hinterland coping’, based on a large survey undertaken by a consortium of civil society organisations undertook a rapid assessment of the impact of series of lockdowns on rural poor households. Of the many coping mechanisms, the most prominent was that over 50 percent of...

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