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Centre ought to have consulted states on terms of reference to Finance Commission: Manmohan Singh

-The Hindu Former PM Manmohan Singh says change undermines federal polity New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday remarked that the Centre ought to have consulted the State governments before introducing additional terms of reference for the 15th Finance Commission seeking to create separate funds for Defence and Internal Security. Asserting that unilateralism was not good for a federal polity and cooperative federalism, Mr. Singh said the best course would have be

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Non-NDA states flay change 15th Finance panel's terms of reference -Ronak Chhabra

d However, the Centre’s sudden decision to bring in ‘additional’ terms of references of the 15th Finance Commission, has raised several concerns among states, which were aired at National seminar in the Capital, organised by the Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation, an autonomous institution under the Kerala government, ruled by the Left Democratic Front. Several finance ministers of non- More »

Prabhat Patnaik, an economist and former economics professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, interviewed by Kaushal Shroff (The Caravan)

the shift is not of recent origin. It has been going on for some time. But I think that the demand-depressing effect had been offset partly because of the fact that our capacity to export to the interNational market was not seriously impaired. In other words, we continued to export to the world market, and countries like India and China did not immediately feel the pinch of slowing down of the world economy. The second thing, of course, is the fact

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A milestone in greater transparency, accountability -Madan Lokur

accountability brought about transformation in any system? During my association with the eCommittee of the Supreme Court of India, and keeping transparency in the justice delivery system in mind, a National Judicial Data Grid was launched. This gave information about all pending cases across the country. Some time back, a year-wise breakup of pending cases was given on the grid and it was found that more than 70,000 cases were pending for over 30 ye

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Centuries-old Andhra Pradesh cashew industry in dire straits

g signs of a slump. Cashew units are reportedly struggling to sustain operations in the wake of a shortage of raw material and a skilled workforce, with fingers being pointed at the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for the lack of manpower. Only those plantations owned by the Forest Department, spread over 1,000 acres in and around Vetapalem, are now surviving, with plantations in the private sector reportedly

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NCR gets functional plan for micro, household enterprises

-The Hindu National Capital Region Planning Board also released regional plans for 7 districts The National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) on Friday released the functional plan for micro and household enterprises in the NCR that aims to boost micro, small and household enterprises, and approved regional plans for seven districts. Addressing the NCRPB Board meeting, Union Housing and Urban

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Fraudsters threaten to bleed Ayushman Bharat scheme -Maitri Porecha

-The Hindu Business Line National Anti-Fraud Unit finds ineligible people claiming medical cover by faking relationship with parent-beneficiary New Delhi: Fraudsters are coming up with ingenious ideas to take the Central government for a ride when it comes to the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana’ (PM-JAY) or the Ayushman Bharat initiative, says the National Anti-Fraud Unit (NAFU), which

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Number of undernourished people rose by 45% in seven years: FAO -Srishti Choudhary

Representatives from over 198 countries and agencies are engaged in deliberations in the conference on strategies needed to mitigate drought. Countries are being encouraged to design and implement National drought policies on three pillars--drought monitoring and early warning system, vulnerability assessment and drought preparedness, and mitigation and response, which should essentially focus on the poor and strengthen their livelihood. The neg

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