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A tragedy that was long in the making -Patricia Mukhim

lems. Doomed from the beginning First, the Meghalaya government has no idea what happens inside these rat-hole mines, which are barely 2 ft wide, since mining is a private activity. Despite the National Green Tribunal ban of April 2014, mining continues in the State. Second, it was unfortunate that the district administration assumed the miners to be dead on the very day of the tragedy. This assumption was evident in the letter written to the More »

'Beware of fake news, it spreads fast'

Hindu Internet penetration has increased in the last one decade: speakers at a seminar Fake news spreads fast and Internet has its dark side that everyone should be aware of, said speakers at a National conference organised by Gandhi School of Humanities and Social Sciences, a branch of GITAM University, in association with Public Relations Society of India (PRSI), Hyderabad, and Press Club-Hyderabad, here on Thursday. “Six players &nda

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Equality beyond GDP -Arpan Tulsyan

In contrast, a state like Nagaland, which has historically been matrilineal, has more than 500 women workers per 1,000 in most districts. The strategy document skips discussing any number beyond the National averages, and offers no analysis of social barriers on women, particularly married, in entering or staying put in the labour force. Please click here to read more.

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Knee-Jerk Reactions Won't Solve India's Groundwater Crisis -Nitya Jacob

upply systems and industry. The sharpest fall in groundwater has been recorded in Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi. In these states, more groundwater is pumped than is recharged naturally. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration used the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites to study groundwater extraction between 2003-2014. A decline in groundwater levels of up to 6 cm/year was recorded in these states as well as

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The push to drive indigenous people out of forests -Parul Abrol

o an overflowing stream, Lakshman’s sister Kochari Sikoka was working on another piece of land with her two young daughters, sister and mother. Malvika Gupta, who is pursuing a DPhil in interNational development at Oxford University on indigenous education, and anthropologist Felix Padel who has worked extensively on indigenous issues in India, explain, “The Dongrias still have what anthropologists have (inadequately) termed 'youth dorm

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Research fellowship hike likely to be notified by February -Jacob Koshy

-The Hindu Students seeking 80% hike in stipends New Delhi: With hundreds of student-researchers in several institutions across the country picketing for a hike in fellowships, two senior officials said that a decision should be out by the first week of February and the hikes could range from 25-50%. On January 16 about 2,000 students and researchers, including from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the labs of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and s

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Centre files report on Central Information Commission selection

-The Hindu Petitioners asked to file response New Delhi: The government on Tuesday handed over a status report to the Supreme Court on the progress in the process of appointment to the Central Information Commission (CIC) even as PIL petitioners alleged that the procedure followed was arbitrary. A three-judge Bench, led by Justice A.K. Sikri, took the status report on record and ordered that a copy be handed over to RTI activists-petitioners Anjali Bhardwaj, Lokesh Batra and Amrita Jo

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Can India's draft labour code really bring social security to its informal workers? -Aarefa Johari

after the Act came into force, the majority of India’s workers, like Patil, do not have access to medical insurance, maternity support or retirement benefits. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government claims it can change this through a new law drafted in 2017. Called the social security code, it will consolidate 15 existing laws on pension, disability and life insurance as well as maternity, medical and unemploy

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Inequality has 'female face' in India, women's unpaid work worth 3.1% of GDP: Oxfam

tes per day in rural areas on such unpaid care work, it added. In comparison, men spend only 29 minutes in urban and 32 minutes in rural areas on unpaid care work. The report, released by the interNational rights group before the start of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in this Swiss ski resort town, also said women and girls are hardest hit by rising economic inequality, including in India. Oxfam said inequality has a “femal

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

recent increase in intolerance in the country. Her leadership and participation in the campaigns for the enactment of laws relating to the right to information, the right to work (the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, or MGNREGA) and the right to food are noteworthy. As a member of the Pension Parishad, she has been involved with the campaign for a universal, non-contributory pension for workers of the unorganised sector. As par

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