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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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Navi Mumbai to have Maharashtra's first detention centre for illegal immigrants: Report

for Navi Mumbai, and sought a three-acre plot in Nerul for the detention centre. This came days after more than 19 lakh people out of 3.3 crore were left out of the final list of the Assam’s National Register of Citizens. The number of people left out in the state’s updated citizens’ database comprise around 6% of Assam’s entire population. They will now have to appeal against the decision in foreigners’ tribunals and

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Government violates NFSA, thousands of women deprived of maternity benefits; reveals survey -Jaideep Deogharia

-The Times of India RANCHI: Noted economist Jean Dreze has accused the Centre of violating National Food Security Act by depriving a section of women from maternity benefits which is otherwise guaranteed under NFSA-2013. Survey conducted by Sakina Dhorajiwala of Libtech India along with students from Delhi University, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Tata Institute of Social Service (TISS) and Ranchi University in June 2019 has revealed that

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Migrants in Tamil Nadu: case of much ado about nothing? -Vignesh Radhakrishnan & Pon Vasanth BA

riggered a perceptible rise in voices against migrants taking up jobs in the State. The slogans demanding ‘protection’ of jobs in Tamil Nadu have not only become louder among the Tamil Nationalist groups but have found traction even among a section of mainstream political parties. Andhra Pradesh government’s recent legislation to reserve 75% jobs in the private sector for locals has only strengthened these voices. Despite migra

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Mothers, kid compete to swallow boiled eggs in Odisha

-The Hindu Angul Pusti Adhikar Abhiyan, a community level forum organized this ‘egg relay competition’ to promote intake of nutritious food. BHUBANESWAR: When there is a lot of taboo around consumption of egg and chicken products among women in remote Odisha villages, mothers competing with their kids in swallowing boiled eggs in Angul district is surely an unusual sight. But Angul Pusti Adhikar Abhiyan (APAA), a community level forum promoting intake of nutritious food, c

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Savings, investment will improve economy: Rangarajan

ted the economy to grow fast then it should act on savings and investment rates, said C. Rangarajan, former governor of Reserve Bank of India. He was speaking at the inauguration of a two-day interNational conference on contemporary practices of technology and management for economic growth organised by the VIT Business School at VIT Chennai. “If you want the economy to grow faster, you need to act on savings and investment rates. Only the

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News majors to fight disinformation

-The Hindu The Hindu joins BBC and others in global campaign against fake narratives The Hindu is partnering with the BBC and other leading global news and technology organisations in a new industry collaboration to tackle disinformation. The collaboration was announced by the BBC and the partners in the early hours of Saturday. Under this collaboration, news and technology majors will work together to protect their audiences and users from disinformation, particularly around crucial

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