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Think tank punches holes in Swachh survey -Jayanta Basu

ing to the Swachh Bharat website, the survey covered 4,237 “cities”, went through 41 lakh photographs, obtained feedback from 64 lakh citizens and scoured 4 crore social media posts and meSSAges. “Swachh Survekshan 2019 on-ground assessment was completed in a mere 28 days to ensure that the results were declared before the announcement of the election dates; while the 2018 survey was done in 66 days,” the CSE has said. It

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India needs policies to regulate 'bad food' and produce food sustainably, say experts at National Conclave on Food

tibiotics in food animals and to containAMR (antimicrobial resistance) – operationalise the National Action Plan on AMR and developState Action Plans * Make organic farming a mass movement * FSSAI must notify labelling regulations and ban bad food in schools. Robust regulatory framework for advertisement of bad foods essential New Delhi: At a day-long National Conclave on Foodorganized here today by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)

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Political meddling in economic data puts India's global reputation at risk, warn 108 leading experts

uo;that would feed into economic policy-making”, which would lead to “honest and democratic” public discourse. The signatories included Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the MaSSAchusetts Institute of Technology, Ashwini Deshpande of Ashoka University, Jean Dreze of the Allahabad University, Maitreesh Ghatak of London School of Economics, Jayati Ghosh of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Reetika Khera of Indian Institute of Manageme

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India's Missing Agricultural Data -Siraj HuSSAin

ans – who use smartphones, shop online and use digital money – is in high demand for Indian and global companies. But agricultural data may not be similarly sought after even if it is neceSSAry for agricultural policy, which impacts two-thirds of the Indian population. For good data, there are three conditions: it should be available without much delay, should be consistent over time and must be comparable with other data sources. Th

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Election Commission: no names removed based on draft NRC

-The Hindu SC wants list of names included in ASSAm rolls from 2017 The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday assured the Supreme Court that names have not been deleted from the ASSAm electoral roll on the basis of their exclusion from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), which was published in July last year. However, a Bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was not satisfied.

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Before backing tribals in SC, govt diluted their gram sabha powers in Forest Act -Jay Mazoomdaar

ion tribals and other forest-dwellers, the Centre issued a circular clarifying that compliance with the Forest Rights Act (FRA) and obtaining consent of the gram sabha under the Act was no longer neceSSAry to consider projects on forest land. According to the Forest (Conservation) Amendment Rules 2016, the district collector needs to complete the process of vesting of forest rights under the FRA and obtain written consent of the affected gram sabha

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Aravallis in Faridabad deemed forest, rules NGT

echanically upheld Haryana’s stand by ignoring” the enquiry report of the northern regional office of the Ministry, the Bench said, “If such a report was to be disagreed, it was neceSSAry for MoEF&CC to have given reasons. The report was based on valid factual and legal basis which was brushed aside in agreeing with the erroneous view of Haryana.” Please click here to read more.

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Women and the workplace -Radha Kumar

ion at all levels of the workforce, including political representation. The 2017-18 explosion of the #MeToo movement across social media uncovered countless cases of unreported sexual harassment and aSSAult, first in the U.S. and then in India. In both countries, it led to the resignations or firing of dozens of prominent men, mostly politicians, actors and journalists. It also prompted a range of public and private organisations to examine the in

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Ashok Khemka transferred hours after he expressed concerns over 'Aravallis consolidation' -Sukhbir Siwach

transfer order issued by Chief Secretary DS Dhesi on Sunday, the government has not mentioned any reason behind the move. “A copy is forwarded to the officers concerned for information and neceSSAry action.” Dhesi was not available for comments while Haryana BJP spokesperson Raman Malik said, “He (Khemka) is a good man. I hope he brings new dimensions to science and technology in the state.” Please click here to read more.

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Soldiers from ASSAm village fight a bitter battle to prove citizenship -Rahul Karmakar

hem to protect the country’s borders from the frozen reaches of the Siachen glacier to militancy hit Kashmir or to combat home-grown insurgents. But these battle-hardened men from a western ASSAm village have struggled for years to overcome a bigger threat back at home — a system that continues to doubt their citizenship. Barpeta district’s Saru Harid, about 145 km west of Guwahati, is often referred to as a village of ‘f

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