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National Register of Citizens: 4.5 lakh reapply for inclusion -Rahul Karmakar

for re-inclusion in the list. Simultaneously, the authorities have received 175 applications challenging the inclusion of names of suspected foreigners in the NRC meant for bona fide residents of ASSAm. The complete draft of the Supreme Court-monitored NRC was published on July 30. It included the names of 2.9 crore of the total 3.29 crore applicants. The claims and objections round of the exercise began on September 25 and is scheduled to en

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Crop insurance under a cloud

normal for firms to have huge margins in an event-free year. But, the non-payment of legitimate claims could also be a reason for unprecedented margins. A fair probe in this matter is, therefore, neceSSAry. Private insurers overwhelmingly participated in the PMFBY because of the government’s open-arm invitation. Naturally, they saw immense ‘profit’ opportunity, the sole guiding principle of any private venture. They cannot be crit

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The oil & rupee problem -Kirit Parikh

nsumers many of whom are users of two-wheelers. The government has been reluctant to reduce excise tax as it will stress its budget. High price would encourage people to use less petrol, reduce unneceSSAry travel and promote use of public transport where it is available. In October when the oil price reached $86/barrel the government cut excise duty by Rs 1.50 and asked the oil marketing companies (OMCs) to cut price further by Rs 1.0. Though the s

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Union govt mulls grant for maternity leave

le employment. There will be a wage ceiling of Rs 15,000 a month for eligible women. On the status of the proposal, the ministry of labour and employment said it is in the process of obtaining neceSSAry budgetary grants and approvals from competent authorities. The ministry made it clear that reports that the scheme will be funded from a "labour welfare cess is incorrect, as no such cess exists under this ministry". Please click here

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Severe Droughts to Go Unreported? -Shilpa Shaji

to Earth. States including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Bihar, Odisha, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand have reportedly declared drought, stepping up the mitigation measures. However, Gujarat, ASSAm and Uttar Pradesh are yet to declare a drought. In Gujarat, the Saurashtra and Kutch regions have marked a deficit rainfall of 34 percent. Whereas, the East and South Gujarat recorded the deficit of 24 percent. A More »

Wielding the bamboo: The media in ASSAm is marching for the cause of ASSAmese hyper-nationalism -Debarshi Das News channels in ASSAm often distort, defame, suppress and sensationalise, all to advance the perceived of the Axomiya jati. A crowd of two-wheelers rushes forward. In the melee, a young man beats the motorcyclists with a thick bamboo stick. The video ends as one of the two-wheelers loses control, as its rider tries to avoid the bamboo stick, and collides with the person recording the video. Cheery captions appear: “Bholuka

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Pro-Modi posts account for major chunk of fake news: BBC report

the BBC found that fake news stories about India’s progress, Hindu power and revival of lost Hindu glory are widely being shared without fact-checking. It has been found that by sharing such meSSAges, people feel like they are into nation-building.   “Whilst most discussion in the media has focussed on ‘fake news’ in the West, this piece of research gives strong evidence to suggest that a serious set of problems are em

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It's real: Researchers develop Fake-O-Meter to tackle fake news -KV Kurmanath

-The Hindu Business Line The solution, developed at IIIT-H, is based on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Hyderabad: Not every meSSAge in your WhatsApp groups or on your Twitter and Facebook timelines is true. Far from the truth, the news reports, images and videos may well be a figment of someone’s imagination, and have the ability to trigger tensions. With the fake news menace virtually going out of control, researcher

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Camel milk is gaining popularity. Could it be an alternative for dairy market? - Smitha Verma

abetes and joint pain. Despite its availability, however, India has been a late entrant to marketing camel milk. It was only in December 2016 that the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) determined the standards of camel milk to be sold commercially. While government dairy cooperatives have been slow to respond, entrepreneurs, including from the Raika community of Rajasthan, had started several initiatives even before F More »

Tribal farmer reaps it rich in 'sama' cultivation

Rythu Sadhikara Samstha, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, Sanjeevini Rural Development Society, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources and Watershed Support Services and Activity Network (WASSAN). The yield in broadcast farming was only between 2 and 2.5 quintals. Because of transplantation, weeding twice and using ‘jeevamrutham’ (bio fertilizer) following ZBNF the yield has gone up, a press release said. ‘Grow pulses

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