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Supreme Court continues its stay on eviction of lakhs of forest dwellers

-The Hindu Their claims for forest land rights have been rejected under the Forest Rights Act of 2006 The Supreme Court on Thursday continued its stay on the eviction of lakhs of Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers whose claims for forest land rights have been rejected under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) of 2006. A Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra posted the case for hearing on November 26 and said the stay order first issued on February 28 would continue. The Benc

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Delhi Declaration might downplay interNational finance institutions' role in mitigating desertification -Ishan Kukreti

sed and released on September 10, 2019, at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s (UNCCD) Conference of Parties (CoP) 14, might downplay many issues like the role of the interNational financial institutions and forest ecosystems. A draft of the Delhi Declaration has been accessed by Down to Earth. The draft is currently being worked upon and the final document might have some changes. Paragraph 18 of the draft Delhi Decl

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Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India, interviewed by Richa Mishra (The Hindu Business Line)

is on trying to stick to the targets laid out by the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act. But this led the government to aggressively levy taxes and cesses on petroleum products when interNational crude oil prices were low. Perhaps if the benefit of lower prices had been passed on to consumers, we may have avoided the slowdown that we are now experiencing. * Has the Congress been able to play the role of a constructive Opposition? Ab

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IMF's 'Phantom FDI' destinations and the India connection -Sai Manish

-Business Standard IMF study says investments in empty corporate shells in these nations by companies' hints at tax evasion New Delhi: In a recently released paper, the InterNational Monetary Fund (IMF) has drawn the world’s attention to the rising menace of ‘Phantom foreign direct investment (FDI)’, defined as investment flows that pass through empty corporate shells that have no real business activity, with the intention to

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114 dams put on high alert in Gujarat after heavy rain

-The Hindu Water reaches 136m at the Sardar Sarovar dam Gujarat continues to be battered by heavy rains, prompting authorities to put more than 100 dams and reservoirs on high alert. The State has put more than half of its water bodies on high alert following heavy water inflows at the reservoirs as rains continue unabated, exceeding more than 110 % of the season’s total rainfall. As per the latest update, out of the 204 reservoirs in the State, 114 dams have been put on &ls

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First time in 30 years, why NAFED faces challenge -Harish Damodaran

growers bring to sell at mandis in the Valley. A bumper crop, for which there would hardly be any private buyers with all the current movement restrictions, makes it all the more challenging. The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) has not bought a single kilogram of apples for the last three decades or more. “We did not have to, as this trade was always in private hands and the government didn’t

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Explained: The idea of 'zero-budget' farming, and why scientists are sceptical -Yashee

nister Nirmala Sitharaman had spoken of the need to “go back to basics”, and to “replicate this innovative model (that) can help in doubling our farmers’ income”. The National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), India’s premier academic body of agricultural scientists has, however, criticised the “unproven” technology of ZBNF, which it says brings no incremental value gain to either farmers or co

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Top farm scientists body rejects zero budget natural farming -Harish Damodaran and Parthasarathi Biswas

ources towards promoting ZBNF. We have given our recommendations in writing to the Prime Minister and it reflects the view held by the scientific community,” said Panjab Singh, president of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS). This comes even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the 14th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification on Monday, mentioned that “we are focusing on ZBNF”.

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UNHRC asks India to end lockdown in J&K -Kallol Bhattacharjee

-The Hindu Michelle Bachelet also asked India to ensure that the National Register of Citizens verification in Assam does not leave the people Stateless Geneva: The UN Human Rights Council urged India on Monday to end the lockdown in Kashmir and restore basic communications services. Delivering the Opening Statement, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet noted the situation in Kashmir and Assam, where lakhs have been excl

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All India Media Conference 2019 will also organise walkathon in Udaipur for awareness on child rights

a. A walkathon will be organised to highlight Violence-Free Childhood along the banks of Fatehsagar Lake in Udaipur on the second day of the conference viz. on September 28, 2019. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, the total number of incidents of crime against children in the country has grown by a sharp 13.6 per cent between 2015 and 2016. If we go by absolute numbers, the total number of incidents of crimes against child

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