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The pillar stands -PC Mohanan

tes having powers in some sectors as per the division of responsibilities listed in the Constitution. In this framework, the statistical officers are part of the general civil service and have to neceSSArily report to the departmental secretaries who are answerable to the concerned minister. Here, it is not always possible for them to exercise the kind of independence one would want them to. The situation is somewhat mitigated by having a common cadre

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Arvind Kejriwal flags off 200 sewer cleaning machines

f DJB, said with the introduction of small sewage cleaning machine vehicles, the board will ensure cleaning of sewage in narrow lanes in the city through it. The machines have been fitted with neceSSAry equipment ensuring hydraulic, jetting, grabbing and roding work. It can ensure cleaning the manholes of 30 feet deep and can clean the sewerage and bring the silt, slug and other waste out to a trolley, Singh said. Hindustan Times, 1st March, 20

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PM-Kisan instalment paid, then withdrawn from accounts, complain Maharastra farmers -Radheshyam Jadhav

es, Ashok Lahamage received an SMS from State Bank of India’s Sinnar (Nashik) branch, stating that Rs.2,000 had been deposited into his account. But, to his surprise, he received another text meSSAge from the bank a few hours later, stating that the money deposited had been debited. “Since Sunday I’m trying to find what went wrong. But nobody has an answer. Bank officials asked me to mail their Mumbai head office. But till date I

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Smart farming in a warm world -Feroze Varun Gandhi

rvation farming and dryland agriculture, with each village provided with timely rainfall forecasts, along with weather-based forewarnings regarding crop pests and epidemics in various seasons, is neceSSAry. Our agricultural research programmes need to refocus on dryland research, with adoption of drought-tolerant breeds that could reduce production risks by up to 50%. A mandate to change planting dates, particularly for wheat, should be considered, wh

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Only nine crops account for two-thirds of global food output, finds FAO report -TV Jayan

for food. Of these, as of 2014, fewer than 200 species had significant production levels globally, with only nine (sugarcane, maize, rice, wheat, potatoes, soyabeans, oil-palm fruit, sugar beet and caSSAva) accounting for over 66 per cent of all crop production by weight,” said the first-ever State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture report, released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). According to the re

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A women-owned dairy in Andhra Pradesh eyes the big league -AD Rangarajan

as part of a plan for value addition. There are currently four outlets in Chittoor and plans are afoot to open one in Tirupati. “Like Amul, we too plan to have a little girl as our brand ambaSSAdor, whose icon will feature on our packets”, said Mr. Chary. Shreeja also regularly trains women in barn hygiene and cattle management, works in tandem with the local veterinary officer to identify diseases and conducts deworming camps thrice

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In Delhi today: Over 5,000 survivors of sexual aSSAult -Shalini Nair

-The Indian Express Some spark a movement at the click of a keypad. Others trudge 10,000 km across the country for their stories to be heard, stories that were largely left out of India’s #MeToo movement. Ahmedabad, Dahod (Gujarat), Jhabua (MP), Ratlam (MP): The bus rumbles along to its final destination for the day. After traversing much of Madhya Pradesh over the last few days, it has just entered the eastern tip of Gujarat. As the vehicle halts for the night at a tribal settlem

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Supreme Court Asks States To Prevent Attacks On Kashmiris, Social Boycott -Debanish Achom

aded by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said the police officers who were appointed as nodal officers to deal with incidents of mob lynching will now be responsible to deal with cases of alleged aSSAult on Kashmiris. The court told the Home Ministry to give wide publicity of the nodal officers' contact details so that those who need help can approach them easily. "The chief secretaries, the DGPs and the Delhi Police Commissioner are dir

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PM Fasal Bima Yojana is suffering from low coverage since the last 2 years

ers are covered presently under crop insurance and the Central government wants to raise it to 50 percent by 2020.   In their article (dated 14th May, 2018), Ashok Gulati & Siraj HuSSAin say that in China 70 percent of gross cropped area is insured and in case of United States almost 90 percent of gross cropped area is insured. However, in India the corresponding figure is just 30 percent. It should be mentioned here that the ma

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