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Seven northeastern States lag behind in toilets for schoolgirls -Rahul Karmakar

al Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018 report revealed. With 75.7% schools – a marginal increase from 75% in 2016 – having usable toilets for girls, Sikkim performed better than the National average of 66.4% last year. But the State’s show was overshadowed by the less-than-satisfactory performance by seven other states in the region. Nagaland was the next best State with 47%, an increase from 40.9% in 2016, followed by Mizor

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Removing the roots of farmers' distress -C Rangarajan & S Mahendra Dev

s to farmers. A sustainable solution is market reforms to enable better price discovery combined with long-term trade policies favourable to exports. The creation of a competitive, stable and unified National market is needed for farmers to get better prices. Agricultural markets have witnessed only limited reforms. They are characterised by inefficient physical operations, excessive crowding of intermediaries, and fragmented market chains. Due to thi

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Union Cabinet may soon approve relief package for farmers

-PTI The Union Cabinet is expected to soon approve a relief package for farmers grappling with falling prices of their crops and to tackle distress in the farm sector, according to sources. The likely relief package is seen as an attempt to assuage the farming community’s discontent ahead of the general elections. “...The Agriculture Ministry’s proposal on addressing income deficit syndrome of small and marginal farmers is on the agenda (at the Cabinet meeting),&rdqu

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Jean Dreze, the Belgian-Indian economist, interviewed by Ujjawal Krishnam (National Herald)

-National Herald Well-known Belgian-Indian economist Jean Drèze, reflects on the times we live in this animated conversation with Ujjawal Krishnam Jean Drèze, the Belgian-Indian economist, true to his reputation, laces humour and an acerbic wit to reflect on the times we live in. Self deprecating, he brushes aside the question how he juggles between his roles as economist, activist and teacher. He wonders at the multi-tasking abi

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Delivering Essential Nutrition: Interventions for Women in Tribal Pockets of Eastern India -Vani Sethi, Sourav Bhattacharjee, Sonali Sinha and others

men. This study was undertaken to analyse the reach of various health-related schemes for tribal women in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Odisha. In the light of its findings, it is recommended that all National schemes should be reviewed through a tribal lens, as tribes remain outside the ambit of most nutrition safety nets. Proven measures like strengthening tribal development nodal agencies, motivational incentives to fieldworkers and organised commun

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New data may show big cut in number of poor -Surojit Gupta

18 (to be released in 2019) captures household consumption more comprehensively — it will include an adjustment for owner-occupied housing and measure other items in accordance with common interNational practices,” a report by thinktank Brookings said. Economists said rapid economic growth and the use of technology for social sector programmes have helped make a significant dent in extreme poverty in the country. “As such ther

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Audit report on Rafale deal not yet complete, says CAG -Priscilla Jebaraj

s with the CAG, the CAG’s report “is examined” by the PAC, referring to the procedure which would be followed as and when the CAG report is ready. In the wake of the controversy, National Campaign for People’s Right to Information co-convenor Anjali Bhardwaj filed an RTI request to the CAG asking about the dates on which its report regarding purchase of Rafale aircraft was finalised, submitted to the government, and tabled i

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Supreme Court refuses to stay amendments to SC/ ST Act -Krishnadas Rajagopal

protect their civil rights.  It said the sad state of affairs was despite the existence of 195 special courts across 14 States to exclusively try Prevention of Atrocities (PoA) cases. As per National Crime Records Bureau statistics, there is no decrease in the crimes against SC/ST people. The number of cases registered under the PoA in 2014 was 47,124, 44839 in 2015 and 47,338 in 2016. Please click here to read more.

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Farm loan waiver: Majority and poorest farmers do not benefit-a status check -Prasanna Mohanty There is, however, no silver bullet solution to agrarian distress. It needs long-term planning and multi-pronged strategy. Agrarian distress has come to the centre stage of National discourse primarily because of last year's multiple farmers' marches and the electoral outcomes in the three Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. This augurs well for a sector which provides 49% of total employment

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Will the Centre present a 6th 'full budget'? Congress worried

-The Hindu Business Line ‘Centre has presented 5 full-fledged Budgets, does not have the legitimacy for a sixth’ The Congress alleged on Thursday that the Centre is planning to present a full-fledged Budget violating all Parliamentary conventions, procedures and traditions. It maintained that the Narendra Modi government neither has the “electoral mandate” nor the “electoral legitimacy” to present six full Budgets in five years. Talking to reporters

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