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Why the farmers want to march again -Rishi Majumder

re are no two journalists I know who are alike. Farmers are like that. There are farmers’ movements, farmers’ markets and farmers’ issues. This seems to unify them, but it also deHumanises them by a collective othering. For "us", it creates a "them". Farmers may not be "us". But they aren’t "them" either. This became apparent to me when I spoke to 24-year-old Shankar Uttam Guhadi

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Censoring online content is not easy any more -Jayadeva Ranade

ther powerful argument against censorship is that it inhibits access to knowledge and stunts innovation. At the same time, governments today are confronted with complex situations where threats to Human life and society have got magnified. This is more the case when a country is flanked by hostile neighbours. In India, for example, terrorism and threats posed by hostile elements intent on creating communal violence challenge the resources of the go

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ORF-WEF survey: '70% youth unaware of govt's skill development programmes' -Karishma Mehrotra

atches could be mended by government action and economic policies. Viewing the findings with a recent ORF-WEF survey of companies, the industry expects less growth in the fields that youth prefer: Human resources and recruitment, training and development, and social media. A quarter of youth would like administrative and support service jobs, a fifth go for research and development, and around 15 per cent chose creative, More »

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

re being made aware that the milk can even be consumed raw. Research in 2015 at the National Center for Biotechnology, US National Library of Medicine, in fact, says that camel milk is the closest to Human milk. It’s no wonder then that it’s for long been consumed by the Bedouins (nomadic Arab people) and many other desert communities of the world to face their harsh living conditions. Even though it is low in fat, it has a high percent

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Is genetically modified food really safe? -Rajat Chaudhuri

alter the genome of plants and create what are called genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is fraught with risks. This is because among other things, no independent, long-term study on the effect on Human health have been done which proves beyond doubt that GM food is safe for Human consumption. While researching my recent novel on eco-disaster, The Butterfly Effect, and as an environment campaigner earlie

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Protect the little helpers -Mohit M Rao

sidering that nearly 70% of tropical crop species are dependent on pollinators for optimal yields. The decline of moths, bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinators is undeniably linked to Human activity: large tracts of natural habitats have been cleared for monoculture cultivation, while the use of pesticides and fertilisers is pushing out nature’s little helpers. In a series of studies at the University of Calcutta, researchers hav

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Poverty in all its faces -C Rangarajan & S Mahendra Dev

o make any tangible difference on the ground. Amidst the din caused by the story of rising billionaires, the message on India’s poverty decline in the recent report of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative has been lost. UNDP and Oxford University released the report on Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2018. This report covers 105 countries. The MPI is based on 10 indicators: Health, child mortality, years of schoolin

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India's wealthy barely pay taxes -CP Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh

further limitation is that data are only available up to the last large sample survey that was undertaken in 2011-12. Predictably, income inequality estimates reveal greater inequality. The India Human Development Surveys of 2004-05 and 2011-12, which provide longitudinal information on a reasonably large sample of households, suggest a Gini coefficient of 55 per cent, which is not only much higher than that for consumption, but also similar to co

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Bring CBI, NIA & IB within RTI ambit, says info panel chief -Rumu Banerjee

Act helps bring in accountability in government departments. Currently, 20-odd investigative agencies are outside the ambit of the RTI Act, subject to exceptions like allegations of corruption and Human rights violations. It includes agencies like IB, RAW, DRI, para-military forces like BSF and CRPF as well as Assam Rifles, CBI, NIA, NSG and others. These are part of a list of exempt agencies in the Second Schedule of Section 24 of the RTI Act.

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GDP and jobs not good at tango -Basant Kumar Mohanty

the need to persist with challenging reforms that can provide more opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty and spread prosperity more widely”. Kamal Karanth, co-fonder of Human resource company Xpheno, said the development would encourage foreign companies to invest in India, which will create more jobs. But Santosh Mehrotra, chairperson of the Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University

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