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'Every second counts': SC says 'diSSAtisfied' with Meghalaya govt's efforts to rescue trapped miners

-The Indian Express Meghalaya mine collapse: Terming it a 'serious issue,' the bench said 'it is a question of life and death.' The Supreme Court Thursday expressed “diSSAtisfaction” with the manner in which the Meghalaya government organised the operations to rescue the 15 miners trapped inside a rat-hole mine in the state. Terming it a “serious issue,” a two-judge bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazee

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Mamata Banerjee asks Bengal departments not to share data with Centre -Madhuparna Das

hat the state departments would have its own portals and store data on its own. She said that the NDA government accesses all data of the state government and uses those to send ‘political meSSAges’ to some sections. Following Banerjee’s instruction, Bengal government has already started working on a dashboard that would act like a common platform for state departments to store government data, said a senior official. “Fr

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30 lakh reapply for inclusion in ASSAm NRC -Rahul Karmakar

uded from the complete draft was opened on September 25. It was to have closed on December 15, but the Supreme Court, which is monitoring the exercise, extended the last day to December 31 after the ASSAm government said the panchayat election, held on December 5 and 9, had robbed the people and officials of precious time. NRC officials said the pace of submission of claims had picked up in the last fortnight. “As of Sunday, 30 lakh of those

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Lifelines beyond farm loan waivers -Kirankumar ViSSA

-The Hindu In addition to reforming the credit system, agriculture should be made profitable Rural agrarian distress is firmly at the centre of the national discourse today, triggered by the recent Assembly election results in the Hindi heartland as well as continuous farmer agitations in the past two years (picture). Just a month ago, the farmers’ march in Delhi highlighted the reality of their deprivation, anger and resolve. Quite remarkably, their presence rallied the urban midd

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A spike in inter-state migration in India could be driving a new wave of nativist politics -Shoaib Daniyal

ce, several Indian states have seen political rhetoric that targets outsiders or their culture. In the 1960s, Tamil Nadu witnessed riots after attempts to encourage the use of Hindi in the state. In ASSAm, waves of often-violent agitations have been directed at Bengalis as well as Hindi and Nepali speakers. In Maharashtra, Marathi politicians have covered much ground since the 1960s by attacking both South Indians and North Indian for taking away loca

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Telangana is Proof Farm Loan Waivers Aren't a Long-Term Solution -Siraj HuSSAin The government has to evolve policies suitable to a particular state and fine-tune them according to local needs. ‘Nothing succeeds like success,’ first written by Sir Arthur Helps in Realmah in 1868, is going to guide political parties while they draft manifestos for the next parliamentary election. It seems that the Rythu Bandhu (RB) scheme – also known as the Telangana model of direct investment support (DIS) to farmers – has caught the imagination

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Young and wasted -TK Rajalakshmi

of formula milk food in the follow-up months of infancy, including the toddler stage, was also high and happened despite the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) position that such food was unneceSSAry and should not supplant breast milk. The report says that a faulty diet composition was one of the major reasons for the high prevalence of malnutrition and that 37.8 million children affected by stunting were in low-income countries where the da

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Govt denies kids cash for school -Basant Kumar Mohanty

year, R.C. Meena, joint secretary in the HRD ministry, wrote to Arvind Shrivastava, a joint secretary in the DEA: “You are requested to kindly look at the matter on priority basis and take neceSSAry action for immediate transfer of proceeds… and furnish reply to this department expeditiously.” Please click here to read more.

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How Can We Understand India's Agrarian Struggle Beyond 'Modi Sarkar Murdabad'? -Alf Gunvald Nilsen

than simply ousting the Modi government. He argues that today's crisis is grounded in the neo-liberal reforms that have shaped India's political economy since the early 1990s, and it is therefore neceSSAry to counter the crisis with a definite break with neo-liberalisation. When some 35,000 farmers gathered in protest in Delhi during the last two days of November, their ire against the ruling dispensation in India was more than evident (Parth/PARI

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Justice, forgiveness, and the call to forget -Rajeev Bhargava

as complementary to justice, not a substitute for it Post-Partition, India has witnessed innumerable acts of collective violence of which three clearly stand out as the most barbaric: the Nellie maSSAcre in ASSAm in 1983; the horrific slaughter of Sikhs in Delhi in 1984; and the diabolical pogrom in Gujarat in 2002. Need for retributive justice No society that calls itself civilised allows such mas

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