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Centre proposes to hike monthly pensions for the elderly poor, disabled and widows -Priscilla Jebaraj

n February 1. “The proposal is being scrutinised for the possibility of inclusion in the Budget speech,” said a senior official of the Rural Development Ministry, which administers the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP). If the proposal is announced, the Ministry will then move the Cabinet to approve the increase in pensions, said the official. Separately, a study has been launched to consider doubling the number of peopl

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Govt forms Niti-led panel to monitor pricing of drugs -Rupali Mukherjee

siness Line MUMBAI: The government on Monday constituted a standing committee headed by Niti Aayog to oversee the drug pricing regime, a move which could clip the powers of drug pricing regulator, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA). The Standing Committee on Affordable Medicines and Health Products will be headed by NITI Aayog member (health), and includes chief economic adviser, besides secretary department of health research, di

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India's richest 1% get richer by 39% in 2018; just 3% rise for bottom-half: Oxfam

Globally, billionaires’ fortunes rose by 12 per cent or $ 2.5 billion a day in 2018, whereas the poorest half of the world’s population saw their wealth decline by 11 per cent, the interNational rights group said in its annual study released before the start of the five-day World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in this Swiss ski resort town. Oxfam further said that 13.6 crore Indians, who make up the poorest 10 per cent of the cou

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National crime data to include info of attacks on journos, fake news -Neeraj Chauhan

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The National crime records bureau, which tabulates and analyzes crime data in India, is considerably behind schedule in releasing its annual report but is looking to deliver a richer and more varied picture by categorizing offences such as attacks on journalists, RTI activists, hate crimes, lynchings and fake news. It will be for the first time that NCRB's annual report will provide data on crimes that have been

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The failed promise of employment -CP Chandrasekhar

is also being challenged by evidence that its record on employment generation has been extremely poor. To recall, in its campaign during the 2014 election which brought it back to power, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) promised to create 10 million jobs every year. The best source of information on employment we currently have is the privately conducted (and heavily priced) Consumer Pyramids Household Survey undertaken by the Centre

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Inadequate data on jobs a policy hurdle: Joshi panel

-Hindustan Times Creation of jobs, or the lack of a sufficient number of them, has moved to the centre stage of political discourse ahead of the upcoming general elections. New Delhi: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s National Career Portal — the revamped employment exchange — managed to find 707,000 jobs in 2016-17, or jobs for just 1.8% of the 39.1 million peopl

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Fabrication and falsification -Rajendran Narayanan

ed more than a year ago due to the cold conditions in the area. She is yet to get a widow’s pension and ration under the Antyodaya category. She is sceptical of working under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) because of delays in payment and the lack of support facilities for her children at worksites. She earns just Rs. 120 a day, and which happens only when some cleaning work is available in her neighbourhood

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The missing women -Pratap C Mohanty & Anjali Bansal

line Report by NITI Aayog, 64 per 1,000 persons appear to be unemployed in the working age group of 15-59. The problem of unemployment has become more acute for youth and women. According to the InterNational Labour Organisation (ILO) report of 2016, youth are three times as likely as adults to be unemployed. Yet, unemployment rate does not sufficiently measure labour market inefficiencies, as it does not consider those who are not in the labour fo

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Go easy on potatoes, not proteins, interNational panel says -GS Mudur

-The Telegraph Not time yet for Indians to lose sleep on meat diet New Delhi: An interNational panel has released the first scientific targets for healthy diets worldwide through sustainable food production that will require Indians to increase their protein consumption and curtail their intake of potatoes. The panel, the EAT-Lancet Commission, has determined that daily healthy diets should contain at least 35 per cent calories from whole g

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The SDG India Index -- Can bold global ambition be translated into effective ground reality? -Mitu Sengupta

opted unanimously by the 193 UN Member States in September 2015, the SDGs are meant to guide global development efforts for 15 years, from 2015 to 2030. India was an influential player in the interNational negotiations that produced the SDGs, voicing critical developing country concerns and pressing developed countries to clarify their obligations. India’s interventions shaped many aspects of the SDGs, including the geographical scope of the

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